2020 Watch: Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper in N.H. on Wednesday

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper holds up the bill after signing it to gradually allow grocery stores to sell full-strength beer, liquor and wine on Friday, June 10, 2016, in Denver. The law, which makes the biggest change to state liquor laws since the end of Prohibition, sets up a 20-year period for grocers to slowly acquire liquor licenses. Colorado's largest grocers say the change will take too long and vow to ask voters this fall for speedier changes. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski

For the Monitor
Published: 10/30/2018 5:22:04 PM

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is headed to New Hampshire on Wednesday to campaign with Granite State Democrats running ahead of next week’s midterm elections.

But the stop in the state that for 100 years has held the first primary in the race for the White House will spark more speculation that the term-limited Colorado governor may be gearing up for a run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Hickenlooper will kick off his day with a 9 a.m. visit to Robie’s Country Store in Hooksett to campaign with Executive Council Democratic nominee Grey Chynoweth and state Sen. Kevin Cavanaugh. At 11 a.m., Hickenlooper will team up in Manchester for some retail campaigning with Democratic gubernatorial nominee Molly Kelly. Then at 2 p.m., he’ll headline a get-out-the-vote meet and greet event at Plymouth State University. News of the trip was first reported on social media by the Monitor.

Over the summer, Hickenlooper said that he was discussing a potential White House run with his family. And he added that “a final decision” would come after he leaves office at the beginning of next year.

The geologist-turned-Denver-brewpub-pioneer was a first-time candidate when he won election in 2003 as the city’s mayor. After winning re-election in 2007, he successfully ran for governor in 2010. He was re-elected four years ago and is now term-limited.

Hickenlooper was in New Hampshire a few months ago for an annual family summer vacation at Squam Lake.

“I’ve been coming here since I was a little kid,” he explained. “We go to a restaurant and no one knows who I am. So it’s kind of nice to be with your family and have that private time.”

But Hickenlooper did take some time out of his vacation to speak at the opening of the N.H. Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign office in Exeter, and to meet with members of the New Hampshire Young Democrats.

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