John Hickenlooper is throwing exiting staffers under the bus amid reports his campaign is almost broke

John Hickenlooper.
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Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper isn't having a great post-debate week.

After failing to make much of an impression during the first round of Democratic debates, where he wasn't even recognized by security as a candidate, Hickenlooper on Monday announced a shake-up, with his campaign manager and spokesperson among those to depart, Politico reports. Now, both Politico and CNN are reporting that the former governor was last month urged by senior aides to drop out of the race and run for Senate instead, with Politico describing his campaign as being in "shambles" and reporting that he will "likely run out of money completely in about a month."

Hickenlooper's aides reportedly recommended he drop out after it was announced that the Democratic National Committee had raised the requirements to qualify for presidential debates beginning in September. Hickenlooper, it seems, will almost certainly not meet the new threshold, as candidates need to have 130,000 donors to qualify, and CNN reports Hickenlooper only has 13,000.

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In an interview on MSNBC on Tuesday, Hickenlooper publicly threw his old campaign staff under the bus, saying, "These campaigns are long, hard campaigns, and you don't always get it right with the first team." When asked why he has had a tough time selling his message so far, Hickenlooper named several factors, including "the team." A post-debate Quinnipiac poll released on Tuesday afternoon showed Hickenlooper polling at less than one percent.

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Brendan Morrow

Brendan is a staff writer at The Week. A graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in journalism, he also writes about horror films for Bloody Disgusting and has previously contributed to The Cheat Sheet, Heavy, WhatCulture, and more. He lives in New York City surrounded by Star Wars posters.