LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and former Colorado state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff has earned a spot in the June 30 Democratic primary that will choose a challenger to incumbent GOP Sen. Cory Gardner. Backed by progressive Democrats, Romanoff won an overwhelming majority of votes at a party assembly Saturday conducted remotely because of the coronavirus.
Romanoff will likely face two-term Gov. John Hickenlooper at the primary. Hickenlooper petitioned his way onto the primary ballot. Romanoff is favored by many activists while Hickenlooper has more money and name recognition. Gardner has been considered vulnerable as Colorado has become reliably Democratic in the age of Trump.