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Colorado Senate: Udall’s Lead Cut to Two

The U.S. Senate race in Colorado has gotten even closer over the past month. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state now finds Democrat Mark Udall with a modest 46% to 44% edge over Republican Bob Schaffer.

In August, Udall led the race by a 48% to 41% margin. The gap has steadily decreased since Udall’s biggest lead in mid-June. The two men are competing to replace retiring Republican Senator Wayne Allard.

Though his lead overall has slipped, Udall is still ahead 47% to 34% among unaffiliated voters. He also leads 50% to 39% among women. Schaffer has a 48% to 42% edge among men.

Udall is viewed favorably by 49% and unfavorably by 44%. Schaffer’s ratings are 45% favorable, 43% unfavorable.

Democratic Governor Bill Ritter earns good or excellent ratings from 44% of voters, while 21% say he is doing a poor job.

Colorado’s presidential race is one of the biggest toss-ups in this year’s election.

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This telephone survey of 700 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports September 23, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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Colorado Trends: Udall (D) vs. Schaffer (R)

Date

Udall

Schaffer

10/16/2008

51%

44%

46%

44%

47%

41%

47%

43%

49%

40%

47%

41%

45%

42%

46%

43%

43%

44%

41%

42%


Favorable Ratings for Senate Candidates in Colorado

 

Udall (D)

Schaffer (R)

Very Favorable

25%

18%

Somewhat Favorable

28%

29%

Somewhat Unfavorable

18%

20%

Very Unfavorable

26%

28%

Not Sure

4%

5%


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Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.