Colorado Republican Dave McCormick announced today that he is launching a bid for the state’s vulnerable Senate seat in the upcoming 2020 election. McCormick, a former businessman and former ambassador to Brazil under President George W. Bush, has been gunning for the Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet since 2018. With the state’s already tight balance of power in the Senate, McCormick’s candidacy could determine whether Democrats can keep their slim control of the chamber.
McCormick, who also served as a senior official in the State Department during President Trump’s administration, said he is running to bring change and new energy to Washington. He said he will focus his campaign on bringing people together to work on common-sense solutions to the issues that matter most to Coloradans, such as health care, infrastructure, and economic growth.
“Coloradans deserve a strong advocate in Washington,” he said in a prepared statement. “As a father, businessman, and public servant, I believe my experience has prepared me to get to work on day one delivering results for Colorado – without the partisan gridlock of Washington.”
McCormick joins a crowded field of candidates vying for the seat, which includes current frontrunners John Hickenlooper, the former governor of the state, and former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. The race is expected to be one of the most competitive in 2020, as the winner will likely determine whether Democrats retain control of the Senate.