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Colorado Governor: Incumbent Hickenlooper Falls behind Beauprez as Elections Approach

Rasmussen Reports, 10/21 – 10/23

Colorado Governor

  • Bob Beauprez – Republican – 49%
  • John Hickenlooper – Democrat – 47%
  • Other – 3%
  • Undecided – 2%

For the first time in a while, a Rasmussen Reports political poll has revealed that the Republican Bob Beauprez has pulled ahead of the Democrat incumbent John Hickenlooper in the tight Colorado Governor race. The poll asked 966 likely voters who they would vote for if an election were to occur today.

49 percent of voters stated that they would vote for Beauprez, while 47 percent said Hickenlooper. The results are well within the 3 percent margin of error for the poll, but for nearly a month, Beauprez had been trailing Hickenlooper by several points. He has now taken a lead, a task that he struggled to accomplish in the past.

The party split for the poll was dead even at 32 percent Republican and 32 percent Democrat. The other 36 percent of voters identified with a different party all together.

48 percent of the voters have a favorable opinion of Beauprez. On the other hand, Hickenlooper’s favorability rating is currently 47 percent. The two favorability ratings between the candidates explain the near deadlock in this election.

On major issues, 47 percent of voters trust Beauprez with government spending, while only 43 percent trust Hickenlooper. For taxes, 47 percent chose Beauprez and 42 percent Hickenlooper. On social issues, Hickenlooper tallied 48 percent of the vote to Beauprez’s 41 percent. Lastly, on the issue of government ethics and corruption, the two candidates nearly tied. Hickenlooper’s 42 percent barely beat Beauprez’s 41 percent.

Photo credit: Denver Post.