Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in May at the Capitol in Denver. (Ed Andrieski/AP)

MILWAUKEE — If Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) is worried about his reelection odds, he's not showing it publicly.

"It seemed like I really had an unfair advantage," Hickenlooper quipped after a Democratic Governors Association briefing here Friday afternoon. "The approval ratings were so high — it really didn't seem even fair. So, we made a few strategic decisions to try to move ourselves back into play, forcing us to be on our game, a little more focused."