Romanoff touts endorsements ahead of primary against Hickenlooper

Democratic Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff touted his local endorsements in an interview with Hill.TV's "Rising" ahead of his primary on June 30 against former Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperRepublicans uncomfortably playing defense Obama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements Gardner says GOP committee should stop airing attack ad on opponent Hickenlooper MORE.

Romanoff said the closer-than-expected primary race with Hickenlooper, who Washington Democrats embraced as their favored candidate for the fall, is due to a combination of voters responding to his “bold progressive call for climate action” and Hickenlooper’s own campaign woes, including a  $2,750 fine over two ethics violations.

“It’s true we don’t have endorsements from D.C., but we do have about 400 county commissioners, mayors and school board members and city council members and legislators who have endorsed my campaign,” Romanoff said. “So it’s turning into a contest between Colorado and Washington. But you can’t just buy this nomination.”

Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Whitmer met with Biden days before VP announcement: report The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package Ex-USAID employee apologizes, denies sending explosive tweets MORE (D-N.J.) recently endorsed Hickenlooper, which Romanoff said indicated “Washington is trying to salvage” the former governor’s bid.

Warren has endorsed two progressive candidates in primaries in Kentucky and New York that will be decided on Tuesday. In one, Warren backed Jamaal Bowman, who is running against Rep. Elliot Engel (D-N.Y.). In the other, she backed Charles Booker, who is running in a Kentucky primary to take on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCoronavirus talks collapse as negotiators fail to reach deal Pelosi, Schumer say White House declined T coronavirus deal COVID-19 bill limiting liability would strike the wrong balance MORE (R-Ky.).