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New Poll: Three-Way Dead Heat in Colorado Republican Primary

PPP, 3/13-3/16
Colorado

  • Cruz: 17
  • Huckabee: 15
  • Christie: 14
  • Ryan: 10
  • Paul: 10
  • Bush: 8
  • Rubio: 8
  • Walker: 5
  • Jindal: 2

A new PPP poll has found that Ted Cruz has held steady as the primary leader in Colorado but also finds Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie dangerously close on his tail and well within the margin of error of the poll.

The poll, conducted between March 13 and March 16, sampling 255 Republican primary voters, found the Texas Senator Ted Cruz leads the Colorado primary race with 17 percent of the vote. The last PPP poll conducted in Colorado, back in December, also had Cruz in the lead with a similar 18 percent.

Right behind Cruz is former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee with 15 percent of the vote. Huckabee wasn’t included in any earlier Colorado polls but is clearly a major candidate in every primary and has led in all but one national Republican poll that he’s been included in this year.

Just a step behind Huckabee, however, is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie finished second in the December poll, just one point behind Cruz with 17 percent. He’s fallen off a bit as his campaign has been plagued by scandal before it even began but remains in third place with 14 percent of the vote.

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul are still alive in the race, each receiving 10 percent of the vote. Paul has fallen off significantly in Colorado since December when he finished a close third with 16 percent of the vote. Much of that has clearly been the result of Huckabee’s inclusion in the poll. On the other hand, Ryan has stayed steady after receiving 9 percent of the vote in December.

The other candidates don’t seem to have much of a chance. Florida Senator Marco Rubio received 8 percent of the vote after seeing 10 percent back in December. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker receive 5 percent of the vote, down slightly from 6 percent in December. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal finished dead last with just 2 percent of the vote, down from 3 percent in the last poll.

Eleven percent of respondents remain undecided or prefer someone else.

(Image courtesy of Gage Skidmore)