The Cook Political Report has changed the Colorado Senate race from a “toss-up” between Republican Sen. Cory Gardner and Democrat former Gov. John Hickenlooper to “lean Democrat.”
Recent polls, including one from Morning Consult and one from Fabrizio Ward & Hart Research Associates, found that the former governor holds a slight lead over the incumbent, according to FiveThirtyEight. Hickenlooper recently outraised Gardner in the second quarter of 2020, bringing in a haul of $5.2 million compared to the senator’s $3.62 million.
Seth Masket, a University of Denver political science professor, told the Coloradoan earlier this week that the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will have a significant effect on Gardner’s campaign, which has focused on the senator’s achievements in office.
“It’s already hard for him to get that message through in a media environment that’s so focused on the pandemic and the economy and civil unrest,” Masket said. “This is just one more thing making it harder for him to focus voters on favorable ground for him.”
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