Hickenlooper hits $1 million fundraising mark in less than 48 hours

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DENVER (KKTV) - Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is one of just four Democratic presidential hopefuls to hit $1 million in fundraising efforts this early in the campaign cycle.

Hickenlooper announced his candidacy Monday morning and reached the million dollar milestone less than 48 hours later.

Of the candidates in the increasingly crowded Democratic field, only Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Amy Klobuchar have done the same.

Hickenlooper became governor of Colorado in 2011 after serving two terms as Denver's mayor. His first term as governor was marked by tragedy, including the two most destructive wildfires in state history, Waldo Canyon and Black Forest, the latter of which was followed by catastrophic flooding across the state; one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history; and the gunning down of the Colorado prison chief at the chief's Monument home. Hickenlooper alluded to some of the events in his campaign launch video.

He is seen as a more moderate candidate in a left-leaning field and has touted his experience as a businessman as one of the things that distinguish him from the other candidates.