Colorado Senate: Buck Leads, Bennet Gets Support From Pro-Abortion Group
by Steven Ertelt
August 31, 2010
Denver, CO (LifeNews.com) — A new poll in the Colorado Senate race shows pro-life Republican candidate Ken Buck still leading pro-abortion Sen. Michael Bennet. Yesterday, the Colorado affiliate of the pro-abortion group NARAL endorsed Bennet and the senator reaffirmed his support for abortions.
The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of likely voters finds Buck picking up 47% support, while Bennet earns the vote from 44%. Five percent prefer another candidate while four percent are undecided.
When leaners are included in the new totals, 49% favor Buck while 45% support Bennett.
Earlier this month, Rasmussen had Buck leading Bennet by a 46-41 percent margin, showing both candidates are picking up support following bruising primaries they each faced in early August, though Rasmussen notes Bennet is picking up more.
"Though Buck has consistently led the incumbent since March, this is the highest level of support Bennet has received all year. In each of six previous surveys stretching back to May, the former Denver school superintendent had earned between 39% and 42% of the vote," the polling firm indicated. "A county prosecutor, Buck has captured between 44% to 48% of the vote during that same time frame. "
Meanwhile, yesterday, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL, announced that her organizations political action committee proudly endorsed Bennet and contributed $5,000 to his campaign.
Keenan said voters in Colorado would see a clear difference between a "committed" abortion champion like Bennet and the pro-life Buck who opposes abortion, including in the cases of rape and incest.
As the general election unfolds, the difference between Bennet and an anti-choice extremist like Buck is crystal clear," she said. "We will make sure voters know that Buck is an anti-choice extremist who opposes abortion, even in the cases of rape and incest. Colorados pro-choice majority will keep Buck out of the U.S. Senate.
NARAL’s press release on the endorsement included comments from Bennet confirming his support for abortion, saying an abortion decision "should be made by a woman."
Looking at the new Rasmussen poll more, 86 percent of Colorado Democrats now support Bennet, up seven points over the past two weeks. Eighty percent of Republicans back Buck and he holds a 47% to 36% advantage among voters not affiliated with either major political party.
Buck is viewed Very Favorably by 19% and Very Unfavorably by 26%. Bennets ratings are 21% Very Favorable, 30% Very Unfavorable.
Forty-six percent (46%) of Colorado voters approve of the job the president is doing, up five points from the previous survey. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove. These numbers are comparable to Obamas ratings nationally.
Bennet was named to the Senate early last year when Ken Salazar resigned to join President Obamas Cabinet.
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