Willie Nelson playing at virtual fundraiser for Hickenlooper
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Willie Nelson is among artists set to play at a virtual fundraiser for Colorado Democratic Senate candidate John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperBiden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Democratic super PAC pulls remaining ads from Colorado Senate race MORE, who is locked in a close race with Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerDemocrats seek to block appeal of court ruling ousting Pendley, BLM land plans Senate is leaning to the Democrats, big time, with a wave Cunningham, Tillis locked in tight race in North Carolina: poll MORE (R).

The virtual concert, deemed “Hick-a-palooza,” will be held next Wednesday for donors backing the former Colorado governor's Senate bid.

Other artists participating include Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews, Nathaniel Rateliff, Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, Michael Franti, Spirit of Grace, The Reminders and Raquel Garcia, according to an event description on the online fundraising platform ActBlue.


"While we might not be able to go to music festivals this year, on September 30th John Hickenlooper will bring together a variety of musical acts for a one-time virtual concert exclusively for campaign volunteers and supporters,” organizers of the fundraiser wrote in a statement, according to The Denver Post

Gardner is one of the most vulnerable GOP senators up for reelection this year, though a poll released earlier this month found a tightening race, with Hickenlooper leading Gardner by 5 points – 51 percent to 46 percent – the narrowest lead yet for the Democrat.

The Cook Political Report rates the race a “toss up.”

The two candidates have most recently clashed over President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE's decision to put forward a nominee to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden face off for last time on the debate stage Clean energy opportunities in a time of crisis Trump when asked if he'd be kinder in his second term: 'Yes, I think so' MORE’s seat on the Supreme Court just weeks before the election.

Gardner said Monday he will not oppose taking up a Supreme Court nominee this year. Hickenlooper hit Gardner on his decision, pointing to Republicans' move in 2016 to block the nomination of Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandRepublicans advance Barrett's Supreme Court nomination after Democrats boycott committee vote Democrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination The Senate should evoke RBG in its confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett MORE, then-President Obama's final pick for the high court.


“In 2016, Senator Gardner set a clear standard that the people should have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court Justice – but now he broke it to stand with the president at the expense of Colorado, as he’s done 100 percent of the time,” Hickenlooper said in a statement

Democrats have widely accused Republicans of being hypocritical in moving to support a nominee from Trump just weeks ahead of the election despite blocking Obama's nominee to succeed conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in early 2016, months before that year's election.

Republicans have dismissed accusations of hypocrisy, arguing that there is a historical precedent set to vote on the president’s nominee.