Colorado Senate Race Sees Pro-Life Buck and Norton Still Leading Democrats
by Steven Ertelt
July 28, 2010
Denver, CO (LifeNews.com) — Ken Buck and Jane Norton, the two Republican candidates vying for the primary nod against Sen. Michael Bennet or his Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff, both still have leads against both candidates. A Rasmussen Reports poll shows Buck doing better against Romanoff but Norton faring better against Bennet.
Buck now earns 48% support against both Democratic contenders — with a 48-42 percentage point lead against either candidate.
Norton does better than Buck in the matchup with the pro-abortion incumbent, leading 48-39 percent, but she has a lower lead against Romanoff than Buck, at 44-40 percent.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters shows little change for Norton, the former lieutenant governor, and Buck, the county prosecutor, from previous surveys despite a dustup involving Buck’s comments about Tea Party activists.
"Theres 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," pollster Scott Rasmussen noted on Tuesday.
In all four matchups, 10% to 15% of voters prefer some other candidate or are undecided, Rasmussen noted. "Voters not affiliated with either party prefer the Republicans by double-digit margins to their Democratic opponents."
Both parties will pick their Senate nominees in August 10 primaries and the winners will go on to a general election that is considered one of the most competitive in the nation.
The polling results find 74% of voters in the state describe Bucks ideology as conservative, while 67% say the same of Norton. Bennet is viewed as a liberal by 54% of voters and a moderate by 26%. Similarly, 56% say Romanoff is a liberal and 24% a moderate.
Some 42 percent of Colorado voters view Benett’s views as extreme, 36 percent say the same about Romanoff, 36 percent say the same of Buck and just 33 percent see Norton as extreme.
The last primary election survey, conducted in mid-June, had Buck ahead of Norton and Bennett ahead of Romanoff.
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