Hickenlooper leads McInnis in governor’s race, Rasmussen poll shows

DENVER—A new poll shows Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper leading the likely Republican nominee to be the next governor of Colorado.

A Rasmussen poll released Monday showed that the Denver Democrat leads former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis 49 percent to 45 percent.

A month ago, Rasmussen had McInnis in a three-point lead over Hickenlooper the day he entered the race for governor after Gov. Bill Ritter announced he was dropping out.

At that same time, McInnis held a six-point lead over U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who was briefly thought to be the lead contender immediately after Ritter ended his re-election campaign.

The poll said Hickenlooper remained the better-known candidate.

It showed that 35 percent of the 500 likely voters surveyed viewed the mayor very favorably, while 12 percent regarded him very unfavorably.

At the same time, McInnis was viewed favorably by 13 percent of respondents and unfavorably by 14 percent. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.

Both sides viewed the poll with little enthusiasm.

McInnis spokesman Sean Duffy said such poll numbers routinely move up and down.

“The numbers are going to bounce around with a new entry into the race,” Duffy said. “Our numbers are showing a close race as well.”

Hickenlooper campaign manager Mike Melanson said McInnis has been in the race for a year and leads in fundraising.

“As far as we’re concerned, the only poll that matters is on Election Day,” he said.


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