New poll gives edge to Udall, Hickenlooper

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Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Mark Udall

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Mark Udall

WASHINGTON — An NBC News/Marist poll released Tuesday show Democrats Sen. Mark Udall and Gov. John Hickenlooper leading in their races to be re-elected in November.

With less than four months until Election Day, Udall leads Republican challenger Cory Gardner 48 percent to 41 percent, with 10 percent undecided.

In the governor’s race, Hickenlooper leads GOP opponent Bob Beauprez 49 percent to 43 percent, with 7 percent undecided.

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Udall leads among women (50 percent to 38 percent), Latinos (58 percent to 27 percent) and independents (50 percent to 34 percent).

Hickenlooper also has a big advantage over Beauprez among independents, 52 percent to 35 percent. Overall, Hickenlooper’s job-approval rating is at 54 percent.

Still, lingering feelings over the new health care law give Republicans a chance. Among those polled, 52 percent said Obamacare is a bad idea, with 46 percent strongly holding that position. Only 37 percent think the law is a good idea. President Barack Obama’s approval rating is just 40 percent. Obama won the state in 2008 and 2012.

On the gun issue, 40 percent of those polled said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who believes the sale of guns should be less strict, while 52 percent say the opposite.

“In Colorado, on the gun control issue, there was a sentiment not to do much of anything. People don’t want to support someone who wants to limit (the laws); they don’t want someone who wants to weaken the restrictions,” pollster Lee Miringoff said. “It’s very polarized.”