Romanoff surges in Colorado Senate poll
August 1, 2010
DENVER, Colorado- Democrat Andrew Romanoff has surged in his primary challenge against Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, according to a Denver Post poll.
The newspaper and KUSA-TV reported Sunday that Romanoff has closed a double-digit deficit to Bennet and now holds a narrow lead of 48 percent to 45 percent among 536 likely Democratic primary voters, with the rest undecided. The poll by Survey USA had a margin of error of 4.3 points.
In the Republican Senate primary, Weld County prosecutor Ken Buck maintained a lead over former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton. In the poll of 588 likely GOP primary voters, Buck led 50 percent to 41 percent, with a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points.
Survey USA conducted the telephone poll for the news outlets between July 27 and July 29. Some of the poll respondents had already voted. Most Colorado counties are holding mail-in-only balloting, with ballots due Aug. 10.
The poll seemed the verify GOP fears that former Rep. Tom Tancredo will split conservatives with his entry into the governor’s race as a third-party candidate. It showed Tancredo splitting the Republican Party, where former Rep. Scott McInnis faces Dan Maes for the nomination.
The poll showed that Maes and McInnis neck-and-neck in the GOP gubernatorial primary, with 43 percent backing Maes and 39 percent of 588 likely primary voters backing McInnis. The margin of error was 4.1 percentage points.
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McInnis’ support has dropped considerably since the candidate acknowledged parts of essays he wrote for a foundation were plagiarized. More than one in five Republicans surveyed, or 21 percent, said they supported McInnis before the plagiarism reports but now support another candidate.
“Early on he was my choice, but things came to light, and I changed my mind,” said Dave Sarton II, a 46-yar-old Republican from Colorado Springs. Sarton said he was voting for Maes.
Tancredo announced last week he’s leaving the GOP and running for governor with the right-leaning American Constitution Party.
Tancredo’s entry appeared to split conservatives in a general-election race against Democrat John Hickenlooper, who has no primary opposition.
Asked about hypothetical matchups in November, 1,015 likely voters gave Hickenlooper a plurality over either McInnis or Maes, with Tancredo drawing 24 percent. Hickenlooper also led Maes and McInnis in hypothetical matchups without Tancredo.