Quinnipiac Poll: Colorado Dem Sen. Udall Faces Re-Election Battle

Thursday, 06 Feb 2014 08:32 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Colorado’s incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall isn’t gaining any traction in his re-election race, holding onto single-digit leads against GOP challengers, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac poll released Thursday found Udall had 45 percent support to tea party Republican District Attorney Ken Buck’s 42 percent.

And other possible matchups showed similar similarly narrow gaps, the survey said, with Udall polling 43 percent against state Sen. Randy Baumgardner’s 41 percent; 44 percent against state Sen. Owen Hill’s 39 percent; 43 percent against state Rep. Amy Stephens’s 41 percent; and 45 percent against businessman Jaime McMillan’s 38 percent.

"Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Udall may be the front-runner, but he can hear the footsteps of three challengers, all within a few percentage points of him," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The once sure-bet for re-election had the same 45 percent to 42 percent edge over Buck in a Quinnipiac poll last November, and a single-digit lead over challengers then as well.

President Obama’s popularity in Colorado continues to sink, the new poll also showed, with 59 percent of Colorado voters saying they disapprove of the job the president is doing, while just 37 percent approve.

In a Public Policy Polling survey in December, Obama's approval rating was at 43 percent; he polled with a 48 percent approval in a PPP poll in April.

Udall hasn’t said if he’d campaign with the president this Fall, The Hill reported.

But at least one other vulnerable Democratic incumbent, Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, has been hammered for her no-show at an Obama appearance in her state.

"Kay Hagan can run from her record of voting with President Obama 96 percent of the time, but she cannot hide," Michael Short, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, told Newsmax last month.

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