Rep. Cory Gardner (R., Colo.) has "erased" the gender gap and is now leading Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall by seven points, according to a new poll.
USA Today said the results of their latest poll with Suffolk University is "troubling" for Democrats, as Gardner now has a 46 percent to 39 percent lead over Udall.
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The poll surveyed 500 likely voters between Saturday and Tuesday, finding Colorado voters increasingly view Udall as unfavorable.
"In the past five weeks, Udall's unfavorable rating has jumped by 10 points; his favorable rating has dipped by 2," the report said. "Negative views of Gardner have risen by 4 points, but so have positive views of him."
Gardner currently has a favorable-unfavorable rating of 45 to 41 percent. However, Udall’s rating is "significantly under water," with a 41 percent to 54 percent rating.
Forty-six percent of likely voters said Udall is running a more negative campaign.
Gardner is leading among independents by 13 points and has eliminated the gender gap with women voters, according to the poll.
"[H]e has erased the gender gap from September's survey; women are now as likely to support him as men are," the report said.