Colorado Polls: Pro-Life Senate Candidate Ken Buck Tops 50%, Tancredo Gains

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 29, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Colorado Polls: Pro-Life Senate Candidate Ken Buck Tops 50%, Tancredo Gains

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 29
, 2010

Denver, CO ( — New Colorado polls show pro-life Senate candidate Ken Buck has topped 50 percent in his race to defeat a pro-abortion incumbent. Meanwhile, pro-life third party candidate Tom Tancredo is looking better in his race against a pro-abortion Democrat and a Republican whose campaign is essentially dead.

Buck captures more than 50 percent for the first time in a new Rasmussen Reports poll released today.

The telephone survey of likely voters in Colorado shows Buck with 51% support while pro-abortion Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet earns 43% of the vote with leaners included. Two percent favor another candidate and four percent remain undecided.

Two weeks ago, Buck held a 49% to 45% lead when leaners were part of the totals and the solidifying of the race in Buck’s favor prompted the polling firm to declare it believes Buck will probably win the race in November.

"The candidates have now held two debates. Buck, a conservative county prosecutor, has led consistently in the race with support ranging from 44% in March to 49% earlier this month. Bennet, the Denver school superintendent appointed to the Senate last year when Ken Salazar joined President Obama’s Cabinet, has earned 38% to 45% support in that same period," pollster Scott Rasmussen noted.

Meanwhile, a recent Fox News/Pulse Opinion Research poll shows Buck with a 47-43 lead over Bennet, with 5% voting for another candidate, and 5% still undecided. The unaffiliated voters preferred Buck 46-41 percent when pressed further to pick a candidate to support.

Meanwhile, in the governor’s race, the Fox survey shows pro-life candidate Tom Tancredo rising in the polls.

Tancredo, who launched a bid for governor after pro-life Republican candidate Dan Maes was declared by most political observers to be a non-factor in the race because of campaign finance, fundraising and other problems, has essentially become the main opponent for pro-abortion Denver mayor John Hickenlooper.

The Fox poll shows Hickenlooper leads Tancredo 44 percent to 34 percent with Maes capturing just 15 percent.

"I’m not surprised at all. None of his statements are resonating with voters. His debate performances are poor. He’s not catching on with the party, he’s not raising money. It’s not a viable campaign,” Mike Beasley, a GOP lobbyist and former policy director for Gov. Bill Owens, told Politico.

The polling data makes it appear, fortunately for the pro-life movement in the state, that the problems for Maes and the crazy status of the gubernatorial campaign, have not taken their toll on Buck.


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