A year ago, Denver Public Schools Superintendent Michael Bennet got a lovely post-holiday gift from Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter: A U.S. Senate seat. This week, Ritter may have given Bennet another gift: his withdrawal from the governor's race.
One pollster is already saying Ritter's exit helps Democrats in the governor's race. But how does it help Bennet? Well, depending on what happens next, Bennet's primary opponent, former Democratic state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, could be looking for other opportunities (lieutenant governor? or governor, if enough others reject a run?). And Bennet could be atop the ticket with his former boss, popular Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, who is considering a run for governor. As Hickenlooper's former chief of staff, Bennet has a good working relationship with the potential gubernatorial candidate probably better than his relationship with Ritter.
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