Big news today out of Colorado:

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Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) endorsed Joe Biden’s White House bid, becoming the latest former presidential contender to back his campaign.

Hickenlooper, who dropped out of the White House race last year and is now running for the Senate, specifically cited Biden’s plan to help boost small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our small businesses, workers, and families are hurting. Joe Biden is the leader we need to fight for them, and that's why I'm supporting his campaign,” Hickenlooper said in a statement circulated by Biden’s campaign.

Biden’s plan would, among other things, establish a fund of $60 billion for smaller lenders and community-based financial institutions and provide assurances that the money can’t go to larger firms.

Meanwhile, this doofus is trying to dupe the voters again:

Cory Gardner’s first television commercial of his 2020 reelection campaign begins airing Friday, a crucial milestone for the Republican as he works to rehabilitate his image among Colorado voters.

Gardner is working to sell his accomplishments over six years in the Senate to turn the sour perspective on his job performance by highlighting his work responding to the coronavirus outbreak. The spot touts Gardner’s work to secure COVID-19 tests and protective masks for the state, even pointing out the praise he has received from Democratic Gov. Jared Polis.

“We are going to get through this,” Gardner says at the end of the ad, in a video taken from a TV interview. “We will get through this together.”

The effort to boost the incumbent — who ranks as one of the most vulnerable in the nation — comes as the race between his Democratic rivals intensifies. Former Gov. John Hickenlooper and former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff met Thursday evening in their first one-on-one forum — a virtual event hosted on Zoom.

Here’s why:

For Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), the coronavirus pandemic is only going to make an already-difficult re-election fight in November even more of an uphill battle, multiple political experts told the Colorado Times Recorder in recent interviews.

“The coronavirus is, by the time election rolls around, likely to be a really substantial albatross around the neck of anyone running as a Republican, fairly or unfairly,” said Seth Masket, a professor of political science at the University of Denver.

Masket said he still thinks Gardner is going to outperform President Donald Trump in November, but the pandemic has set back his chances to win.

“This can only hurt Gardner,” he added.

Political commentators have noted that Gardner has been taking a risk by tying himself so closely with the Trump administration in a state where Trump is unpopular.

Now, those links could make him, in voters’ eyes, guilty by association with the administration’s handling of the outbreak, say political experts. Recent polling already shows Gardner’s popularity slipping further.

Gardner Linked to Trump’s “Gross Ineptitude?”

Gardner is in “big, big trouble,” according to Norm Ornstein, a political scientist at the American Enterprise Institute, calling Gardner “the most vulnerable [U.S. Senate] Republican running for reelection.”

Most outlooks for the COVID-19 crisis are bleak, he said, and the economic recovery Trump has been promising is unlikely to arrive before November.

If an economic slump happens it’s going to harm incumbents, Ornstein added.

Trump’s efforts to help Gardner–like crediting the first-term senator for a deal on ventilators after the Trump administration had canceled a previous, better deal with Gov. Jared Polis (D-CO)–aren’t going to help enough, and may only drag Gardner down as voters lash out against what Ornstein called the “gross ineptitude and corruption” of the administration’s pandemic response.

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