Incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet and his Republican challenger, Ken Buck, are in a virtual tie in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race as the candidates prepare for a nationally televised debate on Sunday.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Colorado shows Buck with 47 percent support to Bennet’s 45 percent. Four percent prefer another candidate in the race, and another four percent are still undecided.
These findings move the race from Leans Republican to a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings. This is the closest the race has been in eight months of surveying.
Less than two weeks ago, Buck, a county prosecutor, held a 50 percent to 45 percent lead over Bennet, who was named to the Senate last year when Ken Salazar joined President Barack Obama’s Cabinet.
In surveys since March, Buck has earned 44 percent to 51 percent support, while backing for Bennet has ranged from 38 percent to 45 percent.
The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Colorado was conducted on Oct. 14, 2010, by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research LLC.
Independent candidate Tom Tancredo has now moved to within four points of Democrat John Hickenlooper to turn the Colorado governor’s race into a toss-up, too.
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