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Colorado Senate: Buck (R), Bennet (D) Are Nearly Tied

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet and his Republican challenger Ken Buck are in a virtual tie in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race as the candidates prepare for a nationally televised debate on Sunday.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Colorado shows Buck with 47% support to Bennet’s 45%. Four percent (4%) prefer another candidate in the race, and another four percent (4%) are still undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

These findings move the race from Leans Republican to a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings. This is the closest the race has been in eight months of surveying.

Less than two weeks ago, Buck, a county prosecutor, held a 50% to 45% lead over Bennet, who was named to the Senate last year when Ken Salazar joined President Obama’s Cabinet. In surveys since March, Buck has earned 44% to 51% support, while backing for Bennet has ranged from 38% to 45%.

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The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Colorado was conducted on October 14, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Additional data from this survey will be released at www.rasmussenreports.com/Colorado

Independent candidate Tom Tancredo has now moved to within four points of Democrat John Hickenlooper to turn the Colorado governor’s race into a toss-up, too. 

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