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Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) won the Colorado Senate Democrat primary, setting up a fight against incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO).

Hickenlooper was declared the winner of the Colorado Senate Democrat primary after moving towards the primary facing scandal and accusations of ethics violations.

“Thank you, Colorado!” Hickenlooper wrote on Tuesday. “I’m beyond honored to be your Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. Let’s get to work to beat Cory Gardner, flip the Senate, and bring change to Washington!”

The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission recently slapped Hickenlooper with the highest ethics penalty for his use of a corporate jet and Maserati limo. Hickenlooper was also held in contempt for failing to appear before the ethics commission regarding his ethics violations.

The New York Times reported on Saturday that Hickenlooper’s ethics scandal has complicated Democrats’ strategy for retaking the Senate majority. Gardner is viewed as one of the more vulnerable Senate Republicans during the 2020 elections.

Hickenlooper faced an increasingly competitive primary battle against former Colorado state House speaker Andrew Romanoff, who ran to Hickenlooper’s left. Romanoff had backed the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. Hickenlooper ran as the more moderate candidate who claims that he can work with Republicans.

National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesperson Joanna Rodriguez said in a statement on Tuesday night that Hickenlooper has flouted Colorado ethics laws, thus showing that he is not worthy to represent Colorado in the Senate.

Democrats have recently described Hickenlooper’s controversies as a “hot mess” and a “sh*t show.”

Rodriguez said:

“By selecting John Hickenlooper as their nominee, Democrats put their hopes in a ‘sh–show’ campaign team and the guy who said himself he was “not cut out to be a Senator’,” said NRSC spokesperson Joanna Rodriguez. “Over the next few months, voters are going to learn what Hickenlooper has been hiding – about his disregard for the law, his misuse of taxpayer funds, and all the illegal gifts and travel from his corporate sugar daddies.”

“If watching him fall apart under pressure these last few weeks is any indication, ‘hot mess’ Hickenlooper is in for a very bumpy ride,” Rodriguez said.

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Bubba Wallace addresses attacks from Trump: Even when its HATE from POTUS.. Love wins

NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace on Monday called for Americans to meet hate with love after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Trump to hold outdoor rally in New Hampshire on Saturday Eighty-eight years of debt pieties MORE attacked the racing circuit's only African American driver and falsely accused him of carrying out a "hoax" involving a noose found in his garage stall. 

Trump early Monday shared a tweet targeting NASCAR over its decision to ban Confederate flags from its facilities and Wallace over a controversy involving a noose found in his garage last month. An investigation revealed that Wallace was not the target of hate crime and that the noose had been in the garage for months. But NASCAR President Steve Phelps stressed in a statement that “the noose was real" and the racing circuit released an image proving it was not a hoax.

"Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX?" Trump tweeted. "That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!"

Just hours later, Wallace shared a statement on Twitter in which he pushed younger generations to deal with "hate being thrown at you with love."

"Love over hate every day," Wallace said. "Love should come naturally to as people are TAUGHT to hate. Even when it's hate from the POTUS.. Love wins."

To the next generation and little ones following my foot steps..#LoveWins

— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) July 6, 2020


Wallace, who in 2018 became the first full-time Black driver in the top-flight NASCAR racing series since 1971, added in his message that "your words and actions will always be held to a higher standard than others."

"You will always have people testing you. Seeing if they can knock you off your pedestal," he said. "I encourage you to keep your head held high and walk proudly on the path you have chosen."

NASCAR and Wallace gained national attention last month after a noose was found in the driver's garage stall at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Other drivers walked alongside Wallace's car in a show of solidarity after reports surfaced about the incident and Wallace decried it as a racist act.

Though just days later, the FBI concluded that Wallace was not the target of a hate crime and that the noose had hung from the garage at the raceway since at least October. 

NASCAR has defended the seriousness it brought to the matter, however, with Phelps emphasizing in late June that officials saw "a symbol of hate" that was only present in Wallace's garage. 

As part of its investigation, NASCAR officials asked each track on the circuit to walk their respective garages. Out of 1,684 garage stalls reviewed at 29 tracks, just 11 had a pull-down rope tied in a knot. Only one had a rope fashioned like a noose: Wallace's designated garage at Talladega. 

The episode arrived as protests swept the nation following the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Amid the unrest, Wallace was vocal about the need for NASCAR to ban displays of the Confederate flag from its grounds. He also emblazoned "Black Lives Matter" across his No. 43 Chevrolet for a race in June.

NASCAR announced on June 10 that it would no longer allow Confederate flags on its properties or at its events, saying that its presence "runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment."

Trump's comments on NASCAR and Wallace come as he continues to speak out over attempts to remove Confederate monuments and other historical figures. 

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