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Rasmussen: Tancredo Hurts GOP Chances in Co.

Friday, 13 Aug 2010 12:38 PM

Democratic candidate John Hickenlooper now holds a double-digit lead in the three-way race for governor of Colorado.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Colorado Voters finds Hickenlooper, the mayor of Denver, with 43 percent support. Businessman Dan Maes, the winner of Tuesday’s Republican Primary, captures 31 percent of the vote, while American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo trails with 18 percent. Three percent (3 percent) prefer some other candidate in the race, and five percent (5 percent) are undecided.

This is the first poll conducted since Maes won the Republican primary.

It shows Maes with a bit more support than he had before the primary and Tancredo with a bit less support.

Hickenlooper’s level of support has been fairly steady for months, but he has clearly benefitted from Tancredo’s entry in the race which splits the Republican vote. The Democrat had run roughly even with Maes in two earlier surveys.

Colorado is now ranked Solid Democrat in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.

Maes edged longtime front-runner Scott McInnis in Tuesday’s primary after the latter was felled by a plagiarism scandal. McInnis held a small lead over Hickenlooper for months prior to the scandal. Tancredo, a former GOP congressman, jumped into the race after the plagiarism charges broke, saying neither McInnis nor Maes could beat Hickenlooper. Maes has won only lukewarm support from state Republicans since the primary.

Just 59 percent of Republican voters in the state now support Maes, while Hickenlooper picks up 82 percent of voters in his own party. Tancredo, an outspoken opponent of illegal immigration, captures 25 percent of GOP voters. Among voters not affiliated with either party, Hickenlooper earns 35 percent of the vote, Maes 28 percent and Tancredo 24 percent.

The first Rasmussen Reports post-primary telephone survey of Likely Voters in Colorado shows a close U.S. Senate race between Republican challenger Ken Buck and incumbent Democratic Senator Michael Bennet.

Colorado voters express serious pessimism about the economy. Only four percent (4 percent) describe the economy as good, while 65 percent think it’s poor. Twenty-five percent (25 percent) say the economy is getting better, but 50 percent believe it is getting worse.

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