Ritter, Bennet opponents notice latest poll numbers

Gov. Bill Ritter and Sen. Michael Bennet, both Democrats, walk into the Club 20 fall meeting today with November 2010 weighing heavily on them.

Recent polling suggests Ritter would lose to former Republican U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis, who has been out of politics since 2004, and Bennet would be the loser in a close tussle with a city councilman from a Denver suburb.

McInnis and Ryan Frazier, the Aurora city councilman, released statements on the eve of Club 20’s meeting today.

Not to be outdone, state Sen. Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, also sent out a statement touting the support of several Republican legislators for his gubernatorial bid.

Ritter trails McInnis 44 percent to 39 percent, according to a Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of 500 likely Colorado voters conducted on Wednesday.

Ritter has a slim advantage in a theoretical matchup with Penry, 41 percent to 40 percent, the poll suggests.

Penry and McInnis, however, must face off in August 2010 to determine the GOP nominee.

The Rasmussen survey didn’t take into account the possibility of a run for senator by former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton, a Grand Junction native. It did, however, put Frazier just ahead of Bennet in a hypothetical race, 40 percent to 39 percent.

Bennet enjoyed a 43 percent to 37 percent advantage in a similar matchup against Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, the poll said.

The margin of sampling error for the survey is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.


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