Colorado Pro-Life Republican Senate Candidates Top Pro-Abortion Democrats

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 13, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Colorado Pro-Life Republican Senate Candidates Top Pro-Abortion Democrats

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 13
, 2010

Denver, CO ( — Whether Colorado republican voters decide to select Jane Norton or Ken Buck as their Senate nominee, either pro-life candidate has a lead against either of the pro-abortion Democratic candidates seeking their party’s nomination in the August 10 primary election.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters shows Buck, a county prosecutor, now running slightly stronger than former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton against the top Democratic hopefuls.

The poll has Buck earning 48% support against pro-abortion incumbent Democratic Senator Michael Bennett who gets 39% of the vote. If pro-abortion former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff is his Democratic opponent, Buck leads by a narrower 47% to 42% margin.

A month ago, Buck posted a 46% to 41% lead over Bennet and a 45% to 39% lead over Romanoff — showing Buck improving his standing slightly.

Norton, who has been the stronger GOP candidate in the contest for months, is in a virtual tie with Romanoff for the second month in a row, leading him 44% to 42%. A month ago, she held a 43% to 42% lead. Like Buck, Norton runs stronger against Bennett with 47% support to the Democrat’s 40%. In June, she had a similar 46% to 40% lead.

In all four matchups, 11% to 14% of the state’s voters either like some other candidate in the race or are undecided, Rasmussen’s poll indicated.

Pollster Scott Rasmussen commented on the state of the race: "The races for the Senate nomination in both parties remain hotly contested and won’t be resolved until August 10 primary votes. Buck, with strong Tea Party support, is challenging Norton, who her opponents view as the party establishment candidate. Romanoff, with a recent endorsement from former President Clinton, is battling Bennet, who was named to the Senate last year when Ken Salazar joined President Obama’s Cabinet."

There’s been little change in these numbers for months, with both Democrats generally earning support in the high 30s and low 40s while the Republicans hover in the mid-40s.

Rasmussen also indicates passage of the pro-abortion health care bill, which Bennet supported as a member of the Senate, could play a prominent roll in the Senate race.

That’s good news for the pro-life candidates as 62 percent of Colorado voters favor repeal of the national health care bill while 35 percent oppose repeal. This is much higher support for repeal than is found nationally and includes 54% who strongly favor repeal and just 30 percent who strongly oppose it.

Rasmussen’s poll shows Bennet, the former superintendent of the Denver schools, is viewed very favorably by 18 percent and very unfavorably by 30 percent whereas 25 percent have a very favorably opinion of Romanoff and 18 percent view him very unfavorably.

For Buck, the numbers are 11-14 very favorable to very unfavorable and Norton stands at 19-22 percent.

Barack Obama carried Colorado with 54% of the vote in the 2008 elections, but just 41% now approve of the job he is doing as president, the poll shows, while 59 percent disapprove.


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