Buck says he polls better against Dems

Ken Buck

Jane Norton

Each of the two Republicans running for the U.S. Senate leads the two Democrats in the race, according to one poll, and the Republicans are scuffling over who fared better.

Prosecutor Ken Buck and former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton both led incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet and former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff in a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Monday. It was a statewide telephone poll of 500 likely voters.

The poll found that Norton, a Grand Junction native, topped Bennet 46 percent to 40 percent, and she edged Romanoff, 43 percent to 42 percent.

Norton’s lead over Romanoff has narrowed from seven points last month, Rasmussen Reports noted in a news release.

Buck, the Weld County district attorney, crowed that he showed more strength than Norton over both Democrats.

Buck led Romanoff by 45 percent to 39 percent and bettered Bennet 46 percent to 41 percent.

Buck won his spot on the August primary ballot with 77 percent of the delegates last month in the state convention. Norton received word Wednesday from the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office that she successfully petitioned her way onto the GOP primary ballot.

The poll shows “the only candidate gaining ground as the campaign heads to the primary is Ken Buck,” said Buck’s general consultant, Walt Klein.

Norton campaign manager Josh Penry said the polls show she leads all candidates and underscores her strengths.

“Jane is a conservative, and she is a winner,” Penry said.

Romanoff’s showing shows that “his 21-point victory in the assembly signals wider strength in the general,” spokesman Roy Teicher said.

Bennet’s campaign said it was happy to let the Republicans wrangle over its importance.

The survey’s margin of sampling error is plus-minus-4.5 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.


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