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Sen. Gardner's reelection campaign refunds $33K in donations

FILE - In this March 13, 2019 file photo, reporters pose questions to Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., on his way to a vote at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
FILE - In this March 13, 2019 file photo, reporters pose questions to Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., on his way to a vote at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

DENVER, Colo. – Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner's reelection campaign said Friday that it was refunding $33,000 in excess contributions.

The refunds will largely go to individuals who gave more than the federal $2,800 limit on campaign donations during an election cycle. Such errors are not unusual in large-dollar campaigns like Gardner's. His campaign has now been flagged by the Federal Election Commission for having excessive donations in each of 2019's first three quarters.

Gardner is considered the nation's most vulnerable Republican senator up for reelection in 2020. He reported raising $6.4 million in the initial three quarters of 2019 and has yet to disclose his tally for the final quarter.

One of his main Democratic rivals, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, said this week that he raised $2.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.