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Colo. Poll of Likely Voters Gives Gardner 6-Point Edge Over Udall

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U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., left, and Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo. (Kevin Dietsch/UPI /Landov; Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 17 Oct 2014 09:48 AM

Republican Rep. Cory Gardner continues to hold a lead over Democrat incumbent Sen. Mark Udall among Colorado's likely voters, according to a poll released Thursday.

The latest Quinnipiac University poll gives Gardner a 47 percent to 41 percent advantage over Udall, with independent candidate Steve Shogan garnering 8 percent of the support of likely voters.

The Republican's six-point lead is down slightly from the 48 percent to 40 percent lead he held in a Sept. 18 survey.

The latest survey, conducted from Oct. 8-13, is similar to other polls showing Gardner leading Udall, according to RealClearPolitics.

"With 19 days to go, can U.S. Sen. Mark Udall close a 6 percentage point gap in this marquee race that could tip the Senate to the GOP, or will U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner prevail?" asked Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

"There is no significant movement in the race, but a 6-point gap is more interesting than an 8-point gap. Let's see what the next survey shows."

In what is considered a bad sign for an incumbent, Sen. Udall is viewed positively by just 42 percent of Colorado voters, while Gardner receives a 47 percent positive rating. Conversely, Udall has a 49 percent unfavorable rating, compared with Gardner's 41 percent.

The bright spot for Udall is that the survey finds his support among women has increased from 46 percent in September to 49 percent in the current poll. Gardner's showing among women has fallen three points from 43 percent in September's poll to 40 percent.

Independent candidate Shogan also saw his support fall – from 9 percent to 7 percent.

The survey was concluded before the candidates met in their final debate on Wednesday night.

While the candidates sparred over many of the same issues, a clear difference emerged on how they would handle the response to the Ebola outbreak.

"We ought to listen to the doctors and the health-care professionals. If they believe we ought to close our borders, we ought to restrict flights to and from West Africa," said Udall, reports The Denver Post.

Echoing calls from other Republicans, Gardner expressed support for an immediate travel ban, a point he reiterated when he returned to Washington Thursday to attend a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Ebola.

"A travel ban would help contain the virus and prevent it from being introduced in new places, as we’ve already seen happen in the United States. Our next step must be to develop a series of deliberate measures designed to restrict the spread of Ebola to keep Coloradans, Americans, and the citizens of the world safe from this horrific virus. We can prevent future tragedies in the United States, but we must institute policies that assist in that effort,” said Gardner in a statement issued prior to the hearing.

The latest poll has Gardner winning independent voters with 42 percent to Udall's 39 percent, with 13 percent for Shogan.

With just over two weeks left in the race, Democrat interest groups are descending on the state to bolster support for Udall.

The League of Conservation Voters is dedicating $1.9 million to energize "likely" Udall voters, reports The Hill.

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