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John Hickenlooper’s No. 2 sounds like his No. 1 pick for Colorado governor in 2018

The lieutenant governor enters the race with benefits of incumbency, but Hickenlooper’s influence may have limits

By JOHN FRANK | The Denver Post

Colorado Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne is introduced by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, background left, at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper pledged to remain neutral in the Democratic race to replace him, but one candidate appears to be his favorite to win.

Donna Lynne, the state's lieutenant governor, will launch her campaign Thursday with the governor's blessing and, thanks to him, the advantages of an incumbent in the crowded 2018 contest.

The two are appearing shoulder-to-shoulder at more events across the state, and Hickenlooper is lending Lynne his pulpit to make high-profile appearances that will boost her campaign — such as a keynote speaker at the recent energy summit in Denver and as the officiant of the coin toss for last week's Rocky Mountain Showdown football game, which drew more than 70,000.

The term-limited Hickenlooper privately encouraged Lynne to run for governor and now publicly serves as her chief cheerleader, lavishing her with more praise than other Democratic candidates and frequently touting her as a behind-the-scenes force of his administration.

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