Poll: Udall Losing Support in Colorado

Republicans leading mail-in ballot by 9 points

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Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall (Colo.) is losing support with less than a week to go before the election, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.

Rep. Cory Gardner (R.) has remained steady at 46 percent, though Udall has dropped to just 39 percent of the vote.

According to the poll:

With strong support from men, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, the Republican challenger in the Colorado U.S. Senate race, leads U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, the Democratic incumbent, 46 – 39 percent among likely voters, with 7 percent for independent candidate Steve Shogan, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Another 7 percent are undecided.

This compares to a 46 – 41 percent likely voter lead for Gardner in an October 24 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Gardner has a positive rating among likely Colorado voters, while Udall is viewed unfavorably. Sen. Udall has a negative 43 to 50 percent favorability rating, while Gardner has a positive 48 to 40 percent rating.

"This Colorado Senate race has national implications, and it’s taken an ugly turn for the incumbent," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "Will the tidal shift in the Senate start in the Rocky Mountains?"

Republicans are also leading with mail-in ballots so far, with 41.9 percent to Democrats 32.5 percent. This is the first year Colorado is offering universal mail-in ballots.

Republicans have mailed in 377,942 ballots to the Democrats 293,817, as of Oct. 29.