New poll shows Beauprez maintains lead in gubernatorial race

Lynn Bartels --- The Denver Post 

A new poll from Quinnipiac University still shows Republican challenger Bob Beauprez in the lead, but Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has closed the gap among women and independent voters and his favorability ratings have improved.

The poll, released early Wednesday, reveals Colorado voters favor Beauprez over Hickenlooper 46 percent to 42 percent, a change from last month when Quinnipiac tracked a 10-point lead for the Republican.

"After seeming to waver in our last survey, women and independent voters pull Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper back from the abyss and reinvigorate a race that's very close," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

Ballots are being mailed to Colorado voters this week in preparation for the Nov. 4 election.

A Denver Post poll released Mondayshowed Hickenlooper with 45 percentto Beauprez's 44 percent. The poll, by SurveyUSA, was almost the same as the previous month, when Hickenlooper received 45 percent to Beauprez's 43 percent.

In the latest Quinnipiac poll, unaffiliated voters are split, with 42 percent for Hickenlooper and 41 percent for Beauprez. Four weeks ago, these voters backed Beauprez over Hickenlooper 50 percent to 37 percent.

Hickenlooper leads among women, 50 percent to 41 percent, as compared with last month's poll that showed a split, with 47 percent for Beauprez and 46 percent for Hickenlooper.

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