Hickenlooper raises $2.1 million in first five weeks of Senate campaign

Hickenlooper raises $2.1 million in first five weeks of Senate campaign
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Former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Impeachment enters new crucial phase Bullock drops White House bid, won't run for Senate 2020 hopes rise for gun control groups after Virginia elections MORE's (D) campaign announced on Tuesday that he raised $2.1 million in the first five weeks of his Senate campaign, nearly double what he raised in the second quarter as a presidential candidate.

The campaign said over 21,000 people contributed, and that the average contribution was $26. The campaign ended the third quarter with $1.7 million cash on hand. 

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Additionally, Hickenlooper received no corporate PAC money, according to the campaign. 

The disclosure comes over a month after Hickenlooper ended his 2020 presidential campaign, and launched a bid for Colorado's Senate seat against vulnerable Republican Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerHere are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump GOP senators unveil bill to expand 'opportunity zone' reporting requirements Overnight Health Care: House to vote next week on drug prices bill | Conway says Trump trying to find 'balance' on youth vaping | US spent trillion on hospitals in 2018 MORE

The Cook Political Report currently rates the Colorado Senate race as a "toss up."

Hickenlooper failed to gain traction on the presidential campaign trail, causing him to lag in the polls and in fundraising, bringing in just $1.1 million in the second fundraising quarter earlier this year. 

Democrats urged Hickenlooper to jump into the Senate race, where he is seen as a potentially formidable challenger to Gardner due to his name recognition in the state. 

An Emerson College poll released in August showed Hickenlooper leading Gardner by 7 points in a hypothetical match-up. 

The former governor will first have to get through a crowded Democratic Senate primary, which already includes roughly a dozen candidates.