Jane Norton, the Republican challenger for the US Senate seat in Colorado is still ahead in the polls, but the race is tightening. Norton continues to have a wide lead in the polls over the incumbent Democrat CO Senator Michael Bennet; however, one wonders whether Bennet will even win the Democrat primary over challenger Andrew Romanoff.
Colorado’s race for the U.S. Senate is considerably tighter this month, especially if Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet isn’t in the race.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of voters in the state finds Republican Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton in a virtual tie with former Democratic state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. Norton earns 44% of the vote to Romanoff’s 42%. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate, and nine percent (9%) are undecided.
In the end no matter who is the Democrat candidate, Obama care may be the deciding factor. 56% of Colorado voters oppose Obamacare, while only 43% are in favor. Just recently in February 2010 Barack Obama went to the Mile High state to campaign for Senator Bennet, it looks like it had little effect. Obama won CO by 9 points in 2008, yet 2010, like so many other elections across America, will be an up hill battle for Democrats.
Forty-three percent (43%) of Colorado voters favor the health care plan currently working its way through Congress, while 56% oppose it. These numbers include 21% who strongly favor it versus 49% who are strongly opposed.
As in much of the country, this gives Republicans an edge in Colorado since those who strongly oppose the plan overwhelmingly support the GOP candidates while those who strongly favor the plan overwhelmingly support the Democrats.
Colorado will prove to be an all important state and needed pick up for Republicans if they wish to take back control of the Senate in 2010.