(CBS4) – Dan Baer, a former Obama administration official and head of Colorado’s Department of Higher Education, announced Thursday he is dropping out of the race for U.S. Senate.
Thank you for being a part of this campaign. Let's continue the work to get Democrats elected here in Colorado and across the country. We are in this together, the fight for progress goes on, and I hope to continue to serve Colorado and our country on the road ahead. pic.twitter.com/IGAKEblL0lREAD MORE: CSU Pueblo Student Robert Killis Arrested After Detectives Find Large Cache Of Weapons In Vehicle, Apartment
— Dan Baer (@danbbaer) September 12, 2019
“Today I am suspending my campaign for the U.S. Senate and endorsing John Hickenlooper as the candidate who will beat Cory Gardner next November. We must win this seat!” Baer stated Thursday.READ MORE: Semi Strikes I-70 Bridge In Lakewood, Drives Off
Gardner is considered the most vulnerable Republican up for re-election in 2020. That’s because Colorado has been steadily trending toward Democrats. The party won every statewide race in November.
“This campaign has been a joyful expression of values– of a commitment to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for every person,” Baer stated.
“Our country is ready for a new, diverse generation of leaders who will drive the kind of change that will help Americans look to the 21st century with confidence and hope rather than looking back at the 20th century with white-washed nostalgia. And I commit to help elect fresh voices in 2020,” Baer stated.
“Breaking barriers is rarely achieved by one campaign. And it’s never only one person who rises to meet a moment. We are in this together, the fight for progress goes on, and I hope to continue to serve Colorado and our country on the road ahead,” Baer’s statement continued.MORE NEWS: Colorado Army Veteran & Afghanistan Interpreter Will Reunite As Neighbors
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