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Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is running for Senate. However, he is facing calls to drop out of the primary against former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. Mr. Hickenlooper made a series of racially insensitive remarks and photos emerged. (Associated Press)

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Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is running for the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat. His campaign hit a snag when activists endorsed former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff instead. (Associated Press Photographs)

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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2017 file photo, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper delivers his annual State of the State in the state legislature in Denver. Hickenlooper announced Tuesday, July 11, 2017, that Colorado has joined a dozen others in endorsing the Paris global accord on climate change even though President Donald Trump is withdrawing the nation from the agreement. Hickenlooper said the state will also set goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation, adding charging stations for electric cars and making buildings more energy-efficient. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, right, shakes hands with Clement Frost, the Chairman of the Southern Ute Tribal Council, as he arrives to deliver his annual State of the State address to lawmakers and guests, inside the state legislature, in Denver, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Hickenlooper set his priorities on roads and housing, health care and pot regulation when he addressed the just-convened 2017 Legislature. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper delivers his annual State of the State address to lawmakers and guests, inside the state legislature, in Denver, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Hickenlooper set his priorities on roads and housing, health care and pot regulation when he addressed the just-convened 2017 Legislature. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper applauds members of the audience as he delivers his annual State of the State address to lawmakers and guests, inside the state legislature, in Denver, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Hickenlooper set his priorities on roads and housing, health care and pot regulation when he addressed the just-convened 2017 Legislature. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper delivers his annual State of the State address to lawmakers and guests, inside the state legislature, in Denver, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Hickenlooper set his priorities on roads and housing, health care and pot regulation when he addressed the just-convened 2017 Legislature. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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In this Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 photo, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper drinks water straight from the Animas River in Durango, Colo., to get an update about the blowout from Gold King Mine. The water was treated with an iodine tablet before he drank it, to kill any giardia. (Shaun Stanley/The Durango Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, left, looks at a fish trap on the banks of the Animas River that is being held by Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Aquatic Biologist Jim White in the waters of the river contaminated last week by a massive mine blowout above Silverton, Colo. The Governor toured the area before giving an address to area residents regarding the status ofAnimas River Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. (Shaun Stanley/The Durango Herald via AP)

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks during a rally at which former President Bill Clinton urged Coloradans to reelect Gov. Hickenlooper, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, and other Democratic candidates, in Lakewood, Colo., Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Clinton held his second rally in two days for embattled Gov. Hickenlooper and Sen. Udall. The former president told a crowd in Lakewood that Colorado symbolizes the future due to its diversity and youth. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who publicly stood against legalizing recreational marijuana, nevertheless has accepted over $1,000 from the pot lobby. (Associated Press)

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FILE - This Aug. 4, 2014, file photo shows Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper as he speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Denver. Gov. Hickenlooper has widened his fundraising edge against Republican challenger Bob Beauprez despite recent public missteps that have fueled GOP attacks. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who previously stated he was in favor of the death penalty, has been heard on an audiotape telling CNN journalists that he would consider granting "full clemency" to death row inmate Nathan Dunlap, who was convicted of multiple murders. (Associated Press)

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, is working furiously to negotiate a compromise. Last week, he proposed a "local control" bill that would give cities and counties greater authority over setbacks, inspections and noise reduction rules. (associated press)