Colorado Governor Inauguration Hickenlooper
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Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper introduces his successor, Jared Polis, at the inauguration ball for Polis, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Denver.

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John Hickenlooper wants to show the Democratic voters of New Hampshire a little love.

The former Colorado governor, who told CNN Jan. 24 that he would "take the bet" he'll run for president, will be spending Valentine's Day visiting the nation's first presidential primary state, TV station WMUR-9 reports.

He'll be in the state Feb. 13-14, visiting a business in the city of Londonderry and will also stop by a house party in Manchester, New Hampshire's largest city.

Hickenlooper has been visiting various early caucus and primary states ahead of what is expected to be a announcement soon on a presidential bid -- he's mentioned March a few times.

He paid a visit to Columbia, South Carolina, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, speaking at a hospital association conference, stopping at a predominantly-black church and sampling IPAs at the River Rat Brewery, The State newspaper of Columbia reports.

The South Carolina trip, says ABC News, "signals that Hickenlooper could be gearing up for a presidential run, and his rhetoric suggests he would run on his record of bipartisan accomplishments during his time as Colorado's chief executive."

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On Jan. 27 he made a stop in Iowa, the nation's first presidential caucus state, landing at a house party and visiting a brewpub.

Hickenlooper also has been polishing his policy image, appearing at a Brookings Institution forum in Washington Jan. 31.

Despite all the recent meet-and-greets, at least one political observer thinks Hickenlooper is making a mistake by delaying his official announcement, which he's been talking about since last spring.

"I do think Hickenlooper and [Ohio Sen. Sherrod] Brown are probably blowing it. If they’re interested, they needed to have gotten in yesterday," said Nathaniel Rakich, elections analyst for FiveThirtyEight, in the politics site's weekly chat Wednesday.

Managing Editor, Colorado Politics

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