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Polls Favor Democrat in Colo. Senate Race

With the eyes of the political world focused on Denver, Democrats are touting two new polls as evidence that the Colorado senate race is trending their way.

A Suffolk University poll conducted in the state Aug. 21-24 showed Barack Obama leading John McCain in the presidential race, 44 percent to 39 percent, while also showing Rep. Mark Udall (D) ahead of ex-Rep. Bob Schaffer (R) in the Senate contest, 39 percent to 31 percent.

The poll result was similar to that of another survey, taken Aug. 13-15 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. for the Denver Post, that gave Udall a 10-point lead (and Obama a 3-point margin over McCain).

Republicans were skeptical of that survey, with Schaffer campaign manager Dick Wadhams telling the Post: "That flies in the face of just about every other number I've seen in this race, and I think Mason-Dixon had a bad night. This poll is so far off the mark, I can't even respond to it."

But Democrats are feeling really good about the Senate contest, which has of late been characterized by a fight over energy policy. By holding their national convention in Denver, Democrats are hoping to make a point about the importance of the Mountain West in their electoral future, and right now they are increasingly confident that picking up a Senate seat in the Centennial State is part of that future.

By Ben Pershing  |  August 25, 2008; 2:29 PM ET
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Poll results are not surprising about this senate race...the GOPs have picked a number of weak candidates to run this year in an allready hostile environment. Mark Udall's cousin Tom, running for the Senate in New Mexico, should have an even easier time against Pearce.

Posted by: TaylorB1 | August 25, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Udall is a reasonable Democrat who isn't from the whacko wing of the party, running against Bob Schaffer who is a founding member of the religious right crew who are trying to get rid of birth control and who support the continued erosion of our civil rights.

If Hank Brown ran for the seat it would be a lot more of a race, but this Republican is voting for Udall -- and a lot of other Republicans are too.

Posted by: Ziggle | August 25, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

At the risk of counting their chickens before they hatch, what are the prospects of the Dems getting the magic number of 60+ Senate seats?

Posted by: cyberfool | August 25, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I received this email- No, since Hillary gets no recognition for all the votes she received in the Democrat race. I will change my party.
Senator Obama says he will raise taxes only on the rich but in the Senate, he voted for tax hikes that would have impacted those taking home just $42,000 a year. He has proposed tax increases on income taxes, capital gains taxes, dividend taxes, estate taxes, and Social Security taxes. All of these tax increases are the fine print under his slogans, and they add up to more than a trillion dollars in new taxes over the next decade.

Posted by: sinceretexan | August 25, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Look for the race to get very ugly if Dick Wadhams has anything to do with it. He's the guy who had his last candidate, John Thune, impune the patriotism of Tom Daschle in a despicable smear campaign. Udall can expect some serious mud.

Posted by: JB | August 26, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

What other Republicans are voting for Mark Udall? I don't know one and I am working on a congressional campaign in Colorado right now. How could you back someone who wants to take away a worker's right to a secret ballot by supporting the Employee Free Choice Act? I think you should be ashamed to call yourself a Colorado Republican...

Posted by: Will Brady | August 26, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

The race for President is no surprise in Colorado. McCain is viewed as a water rustler for his comments on the 1922 Colorado River Compact. (He stated it should be renegotiated, and when that brought flack, his surrogates claimed he meant, 10,20,30 yeaars down the line. Good for Arizonans; bad for Coloradoans.

Posted by: abode | August 26, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Well Abode, have you seen the most recent polls? McCain is TIED with Obama in Colorado, which is absolutely amazing! If Barack can't even get a solid lead in the state where the DNC is held, that has got to tell you something! And Will, I completely agree with you. Not only does Udall support EFCA, but Obama does as well! Per Michelle last night, Obama is fighting for the working class. However, with the support of this horrible bill, he seems to only be fighting for union bosses...

Posted by: Tyler Price | August 26, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Sinceretexan If you believe that "e-mail" I have a bridge in Brooklyn I will sell you.

Posted by: michael | August 26, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse


How about Hank Brown for Governor?!

Posted by: Mustang Pedro | August 26, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Nice. Glad you brought up this union nonsense Udall is supporting. I have heard some estimates that like 87% of Americans oppose the EFCA legislation and instead support a supervised private ballot for union elections. I think this is going to be one of the deciding factors for congressional candidates this year.

Posted by: Andy Moore | August 26, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

None of this is suprising. While Obama may not win, I think it's pretty obvious the Demos are going to gain a lot of seats.
So, even if we're stuck with McCain for four years, he won't be able to wreak much havoc, as he won't have a Congress that will bend over for him like it has for Bush.

Posted by: vegasgirl | August 27, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

" ... increases are the fine print under his slogans, and they add up to more than a trillion dollars in new taxes over the next decade."

Posted by: sinceretexan

Oh really, "sincere"? And I suppose you really admire all the fiscal responsibility shown by Bush over the last 7 miserable years, huh?
BTW: We're all paying for his incompetence and will continue to do so for decades, but obviously, that's OK with you.
(Oh, and please spare us you're blubbering over Hillary; it's pretty apparent you're a right-wing troll, so you're not fooling anyone here.)
Do yourself a favor: Why don't you actually research Obama's policies before you shoot your mouth off?
(Oh, right -- right-wing trolls don't do that.)

Posted by: vegasgirl | August 27, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

sinceretexan All of these tax increases are the fine print under his slogans, and they add up to more than a trillion dollars in new taxes over the next decade.
NOTE:mcbrainless does NOT have interest factored in. His is 1.6 TRILLION MORE FOR THE SAME TIME FRAMEwithout THE INTEREST.

Obama's tax plan would add $3.4 trillion to the national debt, including interest, by 2018.

McCain's tax plans would increase the national debt by at least $5 trillion over the next 10 years.
RCP Average 07/31 - 08/22 -- 44.0 41.3 2.3 2.3 Obama +2.7

Posted by: Katerina Deligiannis | August 27, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

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