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Colorado Governor Race between Hickenlooper and Beauprez Remains Dead Even

Rasmussen Reports, 9/3 – 9/4

Colorado Governor

  • Bob Beauprez – Republican – 45%
  • John Hickenlooper – Democrat – 44%
  • Other – 4%
  • Undecided – 7%

The Colorado Governor’s race is currently a stalemate between the Democrat John Hickenlooper and his Republican challenger Bob Beauprez. A recent Rasmussen Reports poll has revealed that Beauprez has 45% of the vote, while Hickenlooper has 44%. The poll asked 800 likely voters throughout Colorado who they would vote for if an election were to occur today. The poll had a margin of error of 4%. In terms of demographics, 48% of the voters were male, 52% female, 27% were aged 18-39, 53% were 40-64, and 21% were 65+, 79% of voters were white, and 31% of voters identified as Republican, 32% as Democrat, and 37% as another party.

The incumbent, Hickenlooper had an approval rating of 48% and a disapproval rating of 47%, while his opponent achieved a 47% and 34%. The name recognition advantage belongs to Hickenlooper. 1% of voters have never heard of him, while 10% of voters have never heard of Beauprez. Still, Beauprez has superior approval ratings and he has the ability to influence new voters who have no opinion of him as of yet. This is a clear advantage in a campaign like this that is so close and unpredictable. If he can sway new voters, he may be able to beat Hickenlooper on Election Day.

Voters are split on whom to trust more with government spending. Beauprez scored a 41%, while Hickenlooper secured 40% of the vote. For social issues, Hickenlooper secured 44% of the vote, his opponent only achieved 39% and 17% were unsure. On the topic of accountability, both candidates scored a 39%.

Hickenlooper is fighting to be re-elected and it is possible that he will seek to implement a popular decision to sway votes. His ability to do this provides him with a major advantage over his opponent who can only promise to do things if he is elected.

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