Hickenlooper dismisses speculation over Senate run: 'I don't think that's my calling'

Hickenlooper dismisses speculation over Senate run: 'I don't think that's my calling'
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Former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn Wright HickenlooperDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE said late Sunday that he has no plans to exit the Democratic presidential primary for a Senate run. 

"I don't think that's my calling," Hickenlooper told reporters after an event in Iowa, according to CBS News

The long-shot presidential candidate said he's discussed running for Senate with his staffers, adding that they told him he’d be a “lock” to defeat Republican Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Trump angry more Republicans haven't defended his tweets: report The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment MORE, CBS noted. 

Hickenlooper, however, said he remains committed to his presidential campaign.

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"If I think of what God wants me to do, if there's a beam of light coming down from heaven, what it's illuminating for me is taking the things I've done, putting teams of really unique individual skills, and putting those teams together so that we really take on the big challenges of this country and of this world," Hickenlooper reportedly said.

Hickenlooper’s campaign faced significant turnover, for which he takes the blame. He told the Denver Post he lacks some skills necessary for a presidential candidate, “like being a really good debater, being real smooth with wealthy donors.”

Republicans hold a three-seat Senate majority and are defending 22 seats in the upper chamber in 2020. 

Colorado, Arizona and Maine are seen as the most competitive states for Democrats to flip.