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What's next for Cory Gardner? He still has options in politics, business

Jesse Paul and John Frank
The Colorado Sun
Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner answers a question in the final debate in the 2020 race for Colorado's U.S. Senate seat at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.

What’s next for Cory Gardner?

That’s the big question on Colorado Republicans’ minds a day after Gardner was decisively knocked out of his U.S. Senate seat by Democrat John Hickenlooper. 

At only 46, Gardner still has plenty of time to regroup and continue his political career, which began in 2005 when he was appointed to a seat in the Colorado legislature. He also could head to the private sector.

Those closest to Gardner say they haven’t discussed the Republican’s future with him and that he’s been focused on his Senate reelection bid. Gardner made no mention of his future in his concession speech Tuesday night.

But that hasn’t stopped speculation by his biggest cheerleaders about the options he has before him, nor has it eliminated their hopes that he will continue to be a force in Colorado politics. 

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