Colorado 2016: Hillary Clinton Trails Republican Candidates in Key CO Matchups
Quinnipiac, 11/15 – 11/18, Colorado:
Christie: 46, Clinton: 38
Paul: 47, Clinton: 44
Ryan: 45, Clinton: 43
Cruz: 44, Clinton: 44
According to a new poll released by Quinnipiac, Hillary Clinton could be in big trouble in the key swing state of Colorado as she trails every potential Republican candidate outside of Ted Cruz. Colorado, and their nine electoral votes, have gone to Obama in two consecutive elections and could be critical to Clinton’s chances of defeating a Republican opponent in 2016.
The poll, conducted among 1,206 registered voters between November 15 and November 18, showed that Chris Christie had the biggest advantage over Clinton. Christie leads Clinton in Colorado 46 to 38, a healthy eight-point margin. Previous polls had Christie leading by just one point in August and three points in June.
Christie’s strength is no surprise. The “in” politician of the moment, he is fresh off a big re-election and a media campaign. It is surprising, however, how well the other candidates fare in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup against Hillary.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul currently leads Clinton in Colorado by three points, 47 to 44. The only previous poll that had them head-to-head in Colorado was all the way back in April when Hillary had a slim three-point lead. Paul and Christie are deadlocked at the top of the Republican polls right now.
In the first Paul Ryan-Hillary Clinton Colorado matchup poll of the campaign season, Ryan leads Clinton by a small two percent margin, 45 to 43. Ryan trails Paul and Christie in the Republican polls but is still in double-digits, along with Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz.
Ted Cruz was the only candidate to not lead Hillary in this set of polls but still tied the former Secretary of State, 44 to 44. The last Colorado poll, released in August, had Hillary with a three-point lead.
Colorado is a state that has been trending blue and be a sign that Hillary isn’t as popular in key swing states as she is in Democratic strongholds. Obama won Colorado with 51.5 percent of the vote in 2012 and 53.6 percent of the vote in 2008. Prior to that, Republican George Bush won Colorado with 51.7 percent in 2004 and 50.75 percent in 2000 and Republican Bob Dole won Colorado with 45.8 percent of the vote in 1996.