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Behind the scenes, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper inches toward 2020 presidential race

Hickenlooper met with key political players to discuss White House bid against President Donald Trump

By John Frank and Mark K. Matthews / The Denver Post

Some allies to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (left) suggest he and his Ohio Republican counterpart, John Kasich (right), could team up on a political unity ticket in 2020. The pair have continued to push bipartisan policy proposals on health care, immigration and other issues but deny any such White House bid is possible.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is taking steps toward a presidential run in 2020, holding meetings with veteran political players, ahead of a visit to Iowa next month for an official trip that is sure to draw attention.

The Democrat's actions in recent months signal to his closest associates and top party strategists that the former Denver mayor and two-term governor is more serious than ever about mounting a White House bid against President Donald Trump.

"John's sense of timing in politics is his lucky star. It served him well when he ran for mayor and then governor. It may do the same for a run in 2020," said Alan Salazar, Hickenlooper's former chief political strategist.

The behind-the-scenes effort — detailed in records and described in more than a dozen interviews with Democratic insiders and Hickenlooper allies — suggests that Hickenlooper may start to formally explore a presidential run later this year, capitalizing on recent efforts to boost his national profile.

He's far from the only one.

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