Wednesday, September 29, 2010
For the first time, Republican challenger Ken Buck now captures more than 50% of the vote in his U.S. Senate bid against Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet in Colorado.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Colorado shows Buck with 51% support, while Bennet earns 43% of the vote with leaners included. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) remain undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
These findings move the race from a Toss-Up to Leans GOP in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings. Two weeks ago, Buck held a 49% to 45% lead when leaners were part of the totals.
The candidates have now held two debates. Buck, a conservative county prosecutor, has led consistently in the race with support ranging from 44% in March to 49% earlier this month. Bennet, the Denver school superintendent appointed to the Senate last year when Ken Salazar joined President Obama’s Cabinet, has earned 38% to 45% support in that same period.
The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Colorado was conducted on September 27, 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.
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