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: Trump seeks distance from Syria crisis Gardner dodges questions about Trump's call for Biden probe 2020 Presidential Candidates 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 GardnerBennet reintroduces bill to ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists GOP warns Graham letter to Pelosi on impeachment could 'backfire' The Hill's Morning Report - Dem debate contenders take aim at Warren 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.