Hickenlooper Faces Tough Test In Re-Election Bid

October 6, 2014 8:50 PM

Hickenlooper Faces Tough Test In Re-Election Bid
" DENVER (AP) – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is facing the toughest re-election fight of a charmed political career.

The two-time Denver mayor, former geologist and successful brewpub owner sailed into the governor’s office four years ago over a divided Republican party that had nominated an unknown tea party favorite. With a self-deprecating sense of humor and an emphasis on bipartisanship, Hickenlooper got begrudging praise from some Republican state lawmakers for his first two years in office. But a controversial death-penalty decision, a package of gun-control bills, and mishaps explaining his choices have put a dent in Hickenlooper’s aura of invincibility.

Now, several polls suggest he’s in a close race against Republican Bob Beauprez, a former member of the U.S. House.

Bob Beauprez (credit: CBS)

“I’m going to win. I’m going to work hard enough,” Hickenlooper said in an Associated Press interview. “I mean, I spent 16 years in the restaurant business … he’s not going to outwork me "

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