Last updated on September 7th, 2019
On Tuesday, Mike Johnston became the first Democrat to call off his Senate campaign, after former Gov. John Hickenlooper commenced his campaign in August for US elections.
Johnston was the first prominent Democrat who entered the election race against GOP Sen. Cory Gardner, along with leading the field in fund-raising in the first two quarters of 2019. The democrat had over $2.6 million on hand for his campaign as of June, way more than all his opponents. Still, he believed Hickenlooper’s announcement as a candidate could possibly lead his campaign towards a nonconstructive way.
Politico quoted Johnston: “The more we looked at it, the more I realized that to win the Democratic primary now would require a really expensive and I think a really negative campaign. And that’s not who I am, and that’s not what I believe.”
Johnston claimed having no urgent plans to back any other Democrats in the primary, however he dropped hints at making an endorsement in the due course.
He denied speaking to Minority Leader Chuck Schumer or someone from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee ever since Hickenlooper joined the US election bid. “There’s been no pressure from them or anyone else for me to get out,” he said.
Mike Johnston also discussed about how he wasn’t encouraging fellow candidates in the US election race and he urged them not to follow his suit and quit their bids. He mentioned that the immediate actions on climate change and democracy reform were at risk in the bid.
Hickenlooper lauded Johnston in a tweet, saying he’s a “friend, a tremendous public servant and a great Coloradan. He’s always put the good of the state and indeed country first.”
Johnston’s exit from the race promptly pressurizes the currently-bidding Democrats, — a number of them are bidding for the US election — to follow his suit and exit the race.