Politics

The Challenges Hick Must Overcome to Have a Chance in Presidential Race

John Hickenlooper as seen in the video released to announce his campaign for the presidency in 2020.
John Hickenlooper as seen in the video released to announce his campaign for the presidency in 2020. YouTube
Former governor John Hickenlooper's announcement that he's running for president has made a big splash in Colorado and a smaller one around the country.

Can a governor from a modestly populated Western state perform a political miracle of the sort that propelled a pair of Southern guvs, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, into the Oval Office during the past half-century? The degree of difficulty is extraordinarily high, and to even have a chance to accomplish this feat, Hickenlooper must overcome a slew of challenges.

Here are some of the biggest.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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