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Poll Shows Tight Race For Colorado's U.S. Senate Seat

U.S. Senate
Sen. Mark Udall

Colorado Sen. Mark Udall is barely ahead of his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University. The poll suggests the economy and the new healthcare law could be the two biggest hurdles for the Democratic incumbent to retain the seat.

The results show Udall with support from 45 percent of voters, compared to Cory Gardner with 44 percent. That’s within the poll’s margin of error of +/- 2.7 percent.

As further indication of just how competitive the race is, the poll shows the candidates running neck-and-neck with independent voters, although they each have strong support from their respective party members.

When asked an open-ended question about the most important issues in deciding their U.S. Senate vote, 16 percent of respondents listed the economy or jobs, while 14 percent listed healthcare.

Colorado’s U.S. Senate race is expected to be one of the most expensive in the nation. Republicans are hoping to pick up six seats this November – enough to win back control of the chamber.

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