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Mike Johnston On Why He’s Withdrawing From ‘The Most Important Senate Race In The Country’

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Mike Johnston responds to a question during a televised debate for governor in Denver, June 18, 2018. Johnston was the first prominent Democrat to announce a challenge to Cory Gardner for his senate seat.

There was sure to be a ripple effect when John Hickenlooper jumped into the race to run for the U.S. Senate. On Tuesday, one of the top contenders, Mike Johnston, ended his quest for the Democratic nomination -- and his effort to unseat Republican incumbent Cory Gardner.

Although the former state legislator (and 2018 candidate for Governor) says he agrees with those calling the 2020 contest "the most important Senate race in the country," Johnston said the entrance of Hickenlooper changed the dynamic. The result, he added, would be an expensive, negative campaign that he didn't want to be a part of.

Editor's Note: In the live interview, we said Johnston finished second in the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial primary. He finished third.