Tancredo catching Hickenlooper in poll

A new poll shows third-party gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo catching up with Democrat John Hickenlooper.

At the same time, it shows Republican Dan Maes losing more ground.

The latest Rasmussen telephone poll conducted Thursday shows Hickenlooper leading Tancredo 42 percent to 38 percent, just inside the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. Maes polled at 12 percent of 750 likely voters in Colorado.

While Hickenlooper’s polling numbers have remained fairly constant, Tancredo has climbed from a low of 14 percent in August when Maes was polling at 31 percent.

The Tancredo campaign hailed the poll as proof he could win it if Maes dropped out of the race.

“This poll makes it clear, Coloradans want a governor who will shake up government and put an end to the failed tax-and-spend politics of the last four years,” Tancredo campaign manager Bay Buchanan said in a statement Friday.

Tancredo, a five-term GOP congressman from Denver’s suburbs, left the Republican party shortly after Maes won the party’s nomination in the August primary election. He said Maes didn’t have the wherewithal to defeat Hickenlooper.


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