Hickenlooper rally

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper talked to interested potential voters at a house party in his honor in Dubuque, Iowa, on Saturday, March 8, 2019. Hickenlooper was making a whirlwind tour of towns and cities in Iowa in his 2020 president campaign. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

For the last two months, John Hickenlooper has been stuck on 1% support in most national polls in his long-shot quest for the Democratic presidential nomination.

But now he's seeing some daylight.

Of 16 national polls compiled by poll-tracking website Real Clear Politics between late February and Monday, the former Colorado governor and Denver mayor registered 1% support in 12 of them, 0% (after rounding) in three and was not listed in one.

But Tuesday, a survey from the Monmouth University Polling Institute has Hickenlooper at 2%, up from 1% in a Monmouth poll in early March.

By no means does that qualify Hickenlooper as a front runner. In fact another poll also released Tuesday, from Morning Consult, shows the Coloradan at his familiar 1% level.

But it's fair to declare a 2% score in a national poll as progress — perhaps a payoff from Hickenlooper's busy schedule of visits to early-caucus-and-primary states, speeches and national TV appearances.

Monmouth shows former Vice President Joe Biden — who is expected to officially enter the race this week — out front with 27% support, followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 20%.

Then come South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California Sen. Kamala Harris at 8% each, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 6% and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke at 4%.

The poll has Hick roughly tied with New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker at 2%.

Lagging behind are Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and (not yet running) New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at 1% each.

Another Coloradan who says he plans to get into the race as soon as he heals up from successful cancer surgery — U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet — comes in at 0% in Monmouth's survey and wasn't ranked by Morning Consult.

Monmouth conducted its poll by telephone from April 11 to 15. Out of 801 adults contacted, results are based on 330 registered voters who said they identify as Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party.

The poll has a sampling margin of error estimated at plus or minus 5.4 percentage points.

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