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Latest poll: Bennet and Buck tied in Senate race

7:02 AM, Oct 25, 2010   |    comments
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The phone poll of 621 likely voters conducted by Survey USA from Oct. 19 to Oct. 21 shows both Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) and Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck (R-Colorado) with support of 47 percent.

Five percent of those surveyed say they support another candidate and one percent remains undecided. The margin of error for the poll is 4 percent.

Three weeks ago, Buck led Bennet in the last 9NEWS/Denver Post poll by 5 percentage points, 48-43, primarily on a huge 19-point edge (53-34 percent) among self-described independent voters. That same voting bloc now supports Bennet over Buck, 46-44 percent.

Men are supporting Buck by a 53-42 percent margin while women are supporting Bennet by a 53-40 percent margin.

In the state's other high-profile race, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (D-Colorado) is maintaining a 10 percentage point lead over former Congressman and Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo, 49-39 percent. Republican Dan Maes has the support of 9 percent of those surveyed.

In the survey a few weeks ago, Hickenlooper had 46 percent, while American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo had 34 percent and Republican Dan Maes had 15 percent. At that time, Tancredo led among independent voters 46-38 percent, but in this new survey, Hickenlooper now holds a 49-41 percentage point lead among that group of voters.

Among self-described Republican voters, Tancredo leads Maes 65-20 percent.

The other statewide races show Republican candidates ahead but in the battle for Attorney General, State Treasurer and Secretary of State, a number of voters remain undecided.

Incumbent John Suthers (R-Colorado) leads his challenger, Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett (D-Colorado), 47-36 percent with 17 percent not yet focused on the contest. In the Treasurer's race, challenger Walker Stapleton (R-Colorado) is ahead of incumbent Cary Kennedy (D-Colorado), 42-39 percent with 20 percent undecided. The candidates seeking to become the next Secretary of State are very close according to the poll with challenger Scott Gessler (R-Colorado) receiving 37 percent and incumbent Bernie Buescher (D-Colorado) earning 33 percent. The Constitution Party candidate Amanda Campbell has 11 percent support and 18 percent haven't focused on the race yet.

In all of those races, a larger number of independent voters are saying they support Republican candidates instead of Democratic ones.

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