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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.

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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.

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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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