The two men vying for the Democratic nomination in the race for U.S. Senate in Colorado — former Gov. John Hickenlooper and former state House speaker Andrew Romanoff — will square off in a television studio Tuesday evening for a 90-minute debate in what is becoming an increasingly contentious primary contest.
The debate, which is sponsored by The Denver Post, Colorado Public Radio News, Denver7 and the University of Denver’s Center on American Politics, will begin at 6 p.m. It will be livestreamed on this page and air on both Denver7 and CPR News. Both candidates will appear in-studio at Denver7, which will carry the first hour of the debate live. CPR News will broadcast the entire event on 90.1 FM.
The candidates will be questioned by Post political reporter Justin Wingerter, Denver7 anchor Anne Trujillo and CPR’s “Colorado Matters” host, Ryan Warner.
Hickenlooper, the candidate favored by the establishment wing of the party, has found himself on the defensive of late, dogged by an ethics investigation that ended in a contempt finding and a $2,750 fine. At a debate last week, Romanoff urged Hickenlooper to bow out of the race.
The race has drawn national attention as Democrats seek to regain the majority in the U.S. Senate. Colorado’s demographics have been trending more blue in recent years, and two polls released in early May showed Hickenlooper unseating Republican incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner in November. No primary polls have been publicly released, as the more progressive Romanoff has been presumed to be a long shot.
The primary election is June 30.
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