Poll shows Hickenlooper winning big, Senate in a dead heat

A poll conducted last week by 9NEWS and the Denver Post shows the Senate race between incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican challenger Ken Buck to be a tie, with 47 percent saying they will vote for each of the men. Six percent support another candidate or have not decided how they will vote.

Buck has led by 4-6 points in most polls taken up to this point, but Bennet has closed the gap in recent weeks as questions about his handling of a rape case have surfaced and he has made statements regarding homosexuality and climate change that many people have taken issue with.

In the governor’s race, the poll–of 621 likely voters–showed Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, the Democrat, leading comfortably.

The 9NEWS/Denver Post poll has Hickenlooper with 49 percent of the vote, American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo with 39 percent and Republican nominee Dan Maes with 9 percent of the vote. A poll, released Oct. 22, showed that race in a virtual tie between Hickenlooper and Tancredo, but that poll had been conducted by a Republican firm.

According to the 9News/Denver Post poll, Hickenlooper has gained ground recently among unaffiliated voters. A few weeks ago, the same pollsters found Tancredo leading Hickenlooper 46-38 among independents; today they found Hickenlooper leading 49-41 in that key group.

The poll has Republican incumbent Attorney General John Suthers leading Democrat challenger Stan Garnett 47-36. In the Treasurer’s race, the poll has Republican challenger Walker Stapleton leading incumbent Democrat Cary Kennedy 42-39. In the Secretary of State race, the poll shows Republican challenger Scott Gessler leading incumbent Democrat Bernie Buescher 37-34. As the low polling numbers in each of those races suggest, pollsters said many voters had not yet made up their minds on these races.

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Scot Kersgaard

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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