Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to announce he is dropping out of the presidential race Thursday, The New York Times reports.
The 67-year-old’s centrist campaign failed to garner any support, leaving him trailing the likes of Marianne Williamson with 0% in early state polls, according to an analysis from FiveThirtyEight.
Hickenlooper, who railed against “Medicare for All” and the Green New Deal and pitched himself as a moderate alternative, struggled so much in his campaign that most of his top aides left weeks ago.
Hickenlooper was sure to miss the threshold for the next Democratic debates after failing to reach the polling requirements and raised less money than even virtually unknown Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton.
“All too often he found himself in front of small, distracted crowds at campaign events,” The Times noted. “He was mistaken at one point for a member of the news media and at another for a different Democratic presidential candidate.”
Hickenlooper leads Colorado Senate race:
Though he is highly unpopular nationally, Hickenlooper still has a ton of support in his home state. The former Colorado governor and Denver mayor is expected to jump into the Senate race after dropping his White House bid.
Recent polls have shown Hickenlooper leading the Democratic primary field by more than 50 points.
Hickenlooper currently leads incumbent Republican Sen. Cory Gardner by 13 points.