Poll: GOP candidates lead Dems in U.S. Senate race

Both Republicans in the race for the U.S. Senate lead both Democrats, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll.

Republicans are choosing between Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck and former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton in their Aug. 10 primary.

Buck, according to the poll, holds a 48-percent-to-42-percent advantage over each Democratic candidate, incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet and former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff.

Norton, a Grand Junction native, leads Bennet 48 percent to 39 percent and Romanoff 44 percent to 40 percent, the Rasmussen poll showed.

Voters in both parties will decide on their candidates in the Aug. 10 primary. Most counties are conducting the primary exclusively by mail-in ballots, which already have gone out.

“Jane’s surging,” Norton campaign manager Josh Penry said. “She beats the likely Democratic nominee more soundly than her opponent.”

Buck’s general campaign consultant, Walt Klein, said he was encouraged by the poll, noting, “The trend lines are all in Ken’s favor.”

The poll takes in the period in which Buck absorbed several blows, including the release of tapes in which he told a voter she should support him “because I do not wear high heels” and another in which he referred to tea party supporters raising questions about President Obama’s birthplace as “dumbasses”  frustrating his ability to talk about other issues.

Rasmussen’s survey of 750 likely Colorado voters was conducted Monday. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.


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