John Whitesides, writing for Reuters before the primary, captured John Hickenlooper’s likely win in spite of a month-long series of controversies, at least one of which – the ethics violations and fine – will dog him through November. My view was that the campaign appeared slow and unfocused, but that all the controversies woke it up. They were, no doubt, aware of the good polls, which can be like a narcotic for candidates and campaigns.
My quote was:
“Hickenlooper was sleepwalking through this campaign so maybe this woke him up, said Floyd Ciruli, a veteran independent pollster in Colorado.
Although Hickenlooper will start the general election with at least a ten point advantage, like Joe Biden, I would believe it.