DENVER – Former Governor John Hickenlooper is heading to New Hampshire this week as he continues to explore a possible run for president next year. The trip to New Hampshire is just the latest stop in early primary states.
Hickenlooper has appearances set for Wednesday and Thursday. He’ll be sharing Colorado’s successes in battling climate change and shaping healthcare.
According to the Denver Post, Hickenlooper must embrace the early states’ political traditions, where personal connections to presidential candidates are still a premium. In Iowa, candidates are expected to share their platform with voters at the state fair while standing on a “soapbox.” In New Hampshire, there’s the annual McIntyre-Shaheen dinner. And in South Carolina, the road to the nomination goes through U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn’s fish fry.
Hickenlooper will have to raise tens of millions of dollars, hire dozens of field operatives that specialize in each state’s unique politics and nomination process, and recruit hundreds of volunteers to crusade for him. He’s going to be competing for these resources against the likes of U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, among many others.