Poll: Gardner Leads Udall in Colo. Senate Race

Poll: Gardner Leads Udall in Colo. Senate Race
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The Colorado Senate race between Rep. Cory Gardner and incumbent Democrat Mark Udall is a virtual dead heat, according to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce poll. Politico first reported the results of the survey. 

The poll shows Gardner, a Republican, leading Udall within the poll’s margin of error, 44 percent to 42 percent. The libertarian candidate Gaylon Kent receives 7 percent support.

Just 38 percent of likely voters have a favorable view of Udall, and 33 percent have the opposite opinion. Fifty-one percent of respondents said “it is time to give a new person a chance,” while 35 percent said they would certainly vote to re-elect Udall.

Udall, like many endangered Democratic senators, may be increasingly vulnerable because of President Obama’s unpopularity in his state. Some 55 percent of respondents disapprove of the president, and 47 percent strongly disapprove. About 60 percent of likely voters oppose the Affordable Care Act. 

A survey conducted by the Democratic-learning Public Policy Polling found similar results, though Udall led in that poll. The RealClearPolitics polling average shows the incumbent ahead by 1.3 percentage points.

The survey of 600 likely voters was conducted April 16-17 and has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at aoneal@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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