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Colorado Governor: Deadlock between Hickenlooper and Beauprez

Denver Post, 10/13

Colorado Governor

  • John Hickenlooper – Democrat – 45%
  • Bob Beauprez – Republican – 44%
  • Other – 4%
  • Undecided – 6%

If you were looking for clarity in the Colorado governor race, you have come to the wrong place. A new Denver Post poll has demonstrated how close this election is. The Democrat John Hickenlooper secured 45 percent of the votes, while his Republican opponent Bob Beauprez had 44 percent. When adjusted for the potential margin of error, the outcome of this election remains unknown.

“You really can flip a coin in the governor’s race and be as likely to be right as wrong,” said Jay Leve, the pollster at the nonpartisan firm. “A razor’s edge separates these two candidates.”

In September, USA Today had Hickenlooper at a 2 point lead, Rasmussen Reports had him at a 4 point lead, and CBS News had him at a 4 point lead. Earlier in October, Fox News had the election at a tie.

Both candidates are scrambling to win last minute votes as voter ballots are set to be mailed out in the coming days. The majority of voters already have their mind made up, but there is always the potential to sway a few swing votes at the last minute.

Last Thursday, Hickenlooper and Beauprez took part in a debate being held by the Coloradoan and 9News. The major issues discussed included marijuana, same-sex marriage, birth control, and student loan debt.

Hickenlooper backed his support for the current framework of the state. He also wants to find a way to reform student loan debt, as he believes that it is wrong to see students leave state-funded schools with $125,000 in debt.  Beauprez chose a more conservative and religious standpoint. On the issue of birth control, Beauprez said that he supported the concept of it, but believed that it should not be paid for by taxpayers.

Photo credit: The Denver Post.