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Friday, September 11, 2009

Early Polls on Colorado US Senate & Governor Races

Early Polls on Colorado US Senate & Governor Races

Some of the best polling in the US can be found at the Rasmussen Reports web site.   Here is the recent September 10th (2009) release of statewide Colorado 2010 races for US Senate (Dem appointee Bennett as incumbent  ) and Governor (Bill Ritter facing a strong challenge from former US Congressman Scott McInnis).

“Colorado’s appointed U.S. Senator Michael Bennett finds himself in a toss-up with two potential Republican challengers, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck and Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds Bennett ahead of Buck 43% to 37%. With Frazier as the opponent, Bennet is essentially even. The numbers are 40% for Frazier and 39% for the incumbent.

Any incumbent who polls less than 50% is considered potentially vulnerable.”   Thurs Sept 10, 2009

Editor’s note: A number of other GOP candidates are running for US Senate, including State Senator Tom Wiens     In addition, former Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff has announced his challenge to US Senator Bennett.    Info on Romanoff at this My Space page:  

“The incumbent Democrat Governor Bill Ritter trounced his Republican opponent to win Colorado’s governorship in 2006, but now in a state that has been trending Democratic and even hosted the party’s national convention last year, the incumbent Democrat may be facing problems in his 2010 reelection bid.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Colorado finds Ritter trailing Republican challenger Scott McInnis by five points – 44% to 39% - in an early look at next year’s race for governor.
Ritter’s in a virtual tie with another GOP challenger, state Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry. Ritter picks up 41% of the vote to Penry’s 40%.”   Thursday Sept 10, 2009

What we are seeing in Colorado is shaping up as competitive (both on the Dems and GOP sides) for the US Senate and Governor races in 2010.   While Colorado has been historically a center right (or purple state), recent gains by Democrats have place Colorado in the blue state column (with Democrat majority in House, Senator and Governors’ office in Democrat hands).    Now that Colorado voters have seen one party rule (from the blue state Democrat way of governing), they are having second thoughts as taxes and fees increase and the Colorado economy struggles.   

© 2009, Jasper Welch, Four Corners Media  

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