Women and Hispanics are helping buoy Democrats’ prospects for U.S. Senate seats in Colorado and Michigan, while opposition to Obamacare favors the Republican candidates, according to the results of an NBC News/Marist poll.
In the Rocky Mountain State, Sen. Mark Udall, the incumbent Democrat, leads his GOP challenger, Cory Gardner, by seven points, with 10 percent of registered voters still undecided, according to the poll.
In the Wolverine State, Democratic Rep. Gary Peters holds a six-point lead against Terri Lynn Land, the Republican vying for the seat.
Women favor Udall by 12 points, though he’s running "neck and neck" with Gardner among men. Peters leads with women in Michigan by 13 points. And in Colorado, where 16 percent of registered voters are Hispanic, Udall holds a 31-point lead over Gardner.
Both states have Democratic senators, so a Republican victory in either place would be a GOP gain and help the party realize its goal of taking back the Senate majority.
In blue-leaning Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, boasts a 14-point lead among independents, at least partially attributable to how voters feel about Obamacare. Fifty percent of Michigan voters believe the law is a bad idea, according to the poll. Overall, Snyder holds just a two-point lead over Democratic challenger Mark Schauer.
"Democrats’ strength is women, and Republicans’ strength is healthcare," Marist pollster Barbara Carvalho said.
Incumbent Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, also remains in the lead — to the tune of six points — against his opponent, Republican Bob Beauprez. Fifty-two percent of Colorado residents think Obamacare is a bad idea, 47 percent of whom "hold that position strongly." Just 37 percent of voters think the law is a good idea.
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