Election 2020 Inslee

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in his office at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee is adding his name to the growing 2020 Democratic presidential field. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

While John Hickenlooper ponders his options, he has lost his chance to be the first governor to enter next year's race for the White House.

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee is announcing Friday that he will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

The 68-year-old governor's campaign will mix "calls for combating climate change and highlights of his liberal record with an aggressive critique of President Donald Trump," per the Associated Press.

Besides Hickenlooper, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is also considering a 2020 bid.

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Hickenlooper, who just ended two terms as Colorado's governor, has said repeatedly he plans to make an announcement on his presidential plans sometime in March.

While the roster of 2020 candidates is short on governors, already in the race are six senators -- Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts -- and Colorado's Michael Bennet is thinking about it.

Both Hickenlooper and Bennet were in first-2020-caucus state Iowa last weekend, meeting voters.

AP reports that Hickenlooper's Giddy Up PAC has raised $1 million so far, including $50,000 at a fundraiser in San Francisco hosted by Walter Robb, a former CEO of Whole Foods Market.


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