Buck Begins to Solidify Lead Over Bennet

Posted by Kyle Adams, Real Clear Politics

With less than a month to go until Election Day, Republican Ken Buck has begun to separate himself from incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet in the Colorado Senate race.

The latest Denver Post/SurveyUSA poll, which shows Buck ahead by five points, 48 to 43, comes on the heels of two polls released in the last week by McClatchy/Marist and Rasmussen Reports each showing the Weld County District Attorney ahead by eight points. Buck currently tops Bennet in the RCP Average by 6.5 percent.

Though Bennet and the national Democratic Party have worked to paint Buck as an extremist, Buck enjoys a 5-to-3 advantage among unaffiliated voters. He also has managed to maintain a higher favorability rating than the incumbent. Thirty-seven percent of voters view Buck favorably while 30 percent have a favorable view of Bennet. An equal number of voters (44 percent) have an unfavorable view of both candidates.

In the Colorado governor’s race, the Denver Post poll shows Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper maintaining his double-digit advantage over American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo and embattled Republican nominee Dan Maes. Hickenlooper leads with 46 percent, Tancredo wins 34 percent and Maes trails with 15 percent.

The Denver Post/Survey USA poll of 647 likely Colorado voters was conducted September 28-30 and has an error margin of +/- 3.9 percent.

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