Buck still leading Bennet

Colorado’s U.S. Senate race between Republican challenger Ken Buck and appointed Democratic incumbent Micahel Bennet continues to be close. The latest CNN/Time/Opinion Research poll of just over 1500 likely voters shows Buck leading 49 percent to 44 percent.

The poll, conducted Sept. 17-21, has a margin of error of about 3.5 percent, though it is higher in some cases.

Bennet trails badly among men, 56 percent to 36, while holding a smaller lead among women, 52 to 41 percent.

Buck leads in all age groups except he trails Bennet by one point among those 50-64. Among those 65 and older, though, Buck enjoys a 15-point lead.

Bennet has a slight lead among voters who earn less than $50,000 a year but trails by 10 points among those who did not attend college.

Republicans and Democrats support their own by wide margins, but independents favor Buck 50-36 percent. Self-described moderates, on the other hand, favor Bennet by a whopping 59-33 percent.

In Denver, Bennet leads by more than 2-1. Buck leads almost everywhere else.

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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