Poll shows Beauprez, Hickenlooper deadlocked in governor's race

John Frank --- The Denver Post 

A new poll indicates voters in Colorado are solidifying their choice in the deadlocked governor's race with Election Day two weeks away.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows nine out of 10 likely voters have made up their mind, a significant shift from a month ago when about a quarter suggested they remained uncommitted. It coincide with the start of voting after ballots began arriving in mailboxes last week.

The poll found Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper at 45 percent and Republican challenger Bob Beauprez at 44 percent, a split that makes the race a toss-up within the 3.1 percent margin of error.

The live-caller poll — conducted Oct. 15 through Tuesday — reached 974 self-identified likely voters on land lines and cell phones. It found the other candidates in the race received a combined 5 percent and only 7 percent were undecided.

The latest numbers fit the mold from most other polls at this point, but it represents a shift for Quinnipiac, which gave Beauprez solid leads in two prior polls.

A week ago, Quinnipiac showed Beauprez with a four-point edge, 46 percent to 42 percent. And a Sept. 17 poll gave Beauprez a 10-point lead that led even Republicans to question the results.

The wild swings make it difficult to tell if Hickenlooper is rebounding or whether Quinnipiac is getting more accurate numbers on the state of the close race.

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