Poll: Udall Down By 4 in Colorado Senate Race

Independent voters favor Gardner by 12 points

Cory Gardner
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Rep. Cory Gardner (R., Colo.) is up by four points against Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall due to his strong showing with independent voters, according to a new poll.

Gravis Marketing released results of a survey of 1,106 registered voters in Colorado on Tuesday.

According to the poll: 

Gravis Marketing first surveyed the US Senate race to find that Congressman Cory Gardner (R) leading Democratic Senator Mark Udall 47 percent-43 percent with the Libertarian candidate Gaylon Kent taking 6 percent in the poll.  This seat is currently listed as a tossup in the Realclearpolitics.com average and is being seen as a must win race by both parties in order to maintain or take control of the US Senate.

Previous polls have shown Gardner and Udall to be neck and neck. The latest poll matches Gardner’s performance from an April survey, which gave him 47 percent among voters who said they are definitely voting this fall.

The Gravis survey also has Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D.) leading former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R.) 49 percent to 43 percent. The poll was conducted last week.

Gravis attributed Gardner’s lead to his results among independents.

"The difference between why Hickenlooper is ahead and why Udall is underperforming him is because of a 12-point spread in Independent voters," the marketing company said. "More independents are voting for Gardner (R.) and Hickenlooper (D.) at the moment instead of for Udall (D.) and Hickenlooper (D.)."