DENVER (CBS4)– President Donald Trump reacted on Thursday to John Hickenlooper’s announced bid for U.S. Senate. Hickenlooper made the announcement early Thursday morning.

Trump tweeted his support for Sen. Cory Gardner, the Republican incumbent, saying that he “has done a fantastic job representing the people of Colorado.” And that “He really knows how to win.”

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He said Hickenlooper is “badly damaged after his horrible run for President.” Hickenlooper exited the presidential race earlier this month.

Sen. Cory Gardner (credit: CBS)

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“Look, I’m a straight shooter. I’ve always said Washington is a lousy place for a guy like me who wants to get things done. But this is no time to walk away from the table. I know changing Washington is hard, but I want to give it a shot,” Hickenlooper said in his campaign announcement.

John Hickenlooper (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

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Hickenlooper is joining a crowded Democratic primary race in Colorado that includes Mike Johnston, Alice Madden, Andrew Romanoff and Daniel Baer.