Just over a month since she launched her campaign, Danielle Kombo has withdrawn from the 2020 Democratic U.S. Senate primary and declared she's backing another African American woman running for the seat held by Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner.
The Douglas County medical recruiter said she's supporting Stephany Rose Spaulding, the Democrat who tried to oust U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, last fall.
Spaulding made her Senate campaign official Monday.
"Even though I'm not in this race now, we have to support women of color who are going to do the work, who are going to stand up for us and put people first, before their own careers," Kombo said in a video posted to Facebook by Jeff Fard, a Denver-based community activist.
"We have got to have representation. We need a voice."
Kombo, who ran unsuccessfully last year for a Douglas County state House seat, said she believes it's important to rally around candidates who have "the best interests of the people at heart."
"We cannot afford to have one rich white guy vs. another rich white guy running against each other and being the one that comes up to win this race," she said.
Kombo's exit from the Senate primary leaves eight Democrats vying for the chance to challenge Gardner, considered the most vulnerable GOP senator up for re-election next year.
At least another half-dozen candidates are considering joining the field or are said to be mulling a run.
Democrats in the race include former state Sen. Mike Johnston, former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, scientist and educator Trish Zornio, organizer Lorena Garcia, pharmacist Dustin Leitzel and veterans advocate Keith Pottratz.
First-time candidate Diana Bray, an Englewood psychologist and climate activist, announced she was running on Tuesday.
Democrats who have said they're thinking about jumping in the primary include former U.S. attorney for Colorado John Walsh, state Sen. Kerry Donovan of Vail, former congressional candidate and former director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education Dan Baer, and former Boulder County Democratic chair Ellen Burns.
U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter and Joe Neguse are considered potential Gardner challengers.