A new poll shows Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall trailing challenger Republican Rep. Cory Gardner 44 to 42 percent, and results that reveal President Barack Obama and his healthcare law are weakening the incumbent.
According to the poll obtained by Politico Pro:
U.S. Chamber of Commerce polling, conducted by Fabrizio, Lee & Associates last Wednesday and Thursday, shows the Colorado Senate race is a dead heat with the climate favorable for the GOP.
The internal survey, obtained exclusively by POLITICO, has Republican Rep. Cory Gardner up by 2 points among likely voters, 44 percent to 42 percent, over Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. Libertarian Party candidate Gaylon Kent pulls 7 percent. This is within the 4-point margin of error.
Udall is viewed favorably by 38 percent of likely voters and unfavorably by 33 percent. A slight majority, 51 percent, said it is time to give a new person a chance, compared to 35 percent who said they would automatically vote to reelect him.
Among voters who said they are definitely voting, which was 78 percent of the overall sample, Gardner leads by 5 points, 47 percent to Udall’s 42 percent.
Additionally, a generic Republican candidate would lead a generic Democrat by 9 points, 49 percent to 40 percent. When asked to support a generic Democrat candidate who "will help President Barack Obama and the Democrats in the Senate" pass his agenda, the Republican lead grows to 50 percent.
Obama himself has an unfavorable rating of 55 percent, including 47 percent who "strongly disapprove" of the president’s job performance.
The president’s healthcare law appears to be impacting the close race, with the poll revealing that six in 10 likely voters oppose Obamacare, including 51 percent who said they are "strongly" against the law.