Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times
The poll, conducted by Anderson Robbins Research/Shaw & Company Research, had Mr. Gardner leading Mr. Udall by 43 to 37 percent. Four of the last five surveys have placed Mr. Gardner ahead by anywhere from 1 to 8 percentage points, according to RealClearPolitics.com.
Meanwhile, Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and former Republican Rep. Bob Beauprez were tied at 42 to 42 percent in the governor’s race, according to the poll of 739 likely Colorado voters.
Helping the GOP candidates was a sizeable enthusiasm gap: 77 percent of Republicans said they were “extremely” or “very” interested in the Nov. 4 election, compared to just 57 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of unaffiliated voters.
Another problem for Democrats was President Obama’s approval rating. Just 36 percent of those surveyed approved of his job performance, while 57 percent disapproved.
The sample of respondents was 35 percent Republican, 34 percent Democrat and 28 percent unaffiliated, which “looks much more like a normal midterm election,” said the conservative blog Colorado Peak Politics.
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