Sunday, August 1, 2010

Poll: Romanoff even with Bennet

Posted By on Sun, Aug 1, 2010 at 12:49 PM

The Denver Post is reporting this morning that Democratic Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff has "closed a double-digit deficit" to pull even with incumbent Michael Bennet.

Romanoff at Colorado Springs Gay Pride festival in July
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  • Romanoff at Colorado Springs' Gay Pride festival in July.

Here's part of the story:

Democratic Senate hopeful Andrew Romanoff has closed a double-digit deficit and pulled even with incumbent Michael Bennet in Colorado's Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, according to a new Denver Post/9News poll. ...

Romanoff and Bennet are about even — 48 percent to 45 percent, respectively — in the poll of 536 Democrats who have voted or are likely to vote in the Aug. 10 primary. The question has a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.

The results show a surge for the former state House speaker since June, when he was 17 points behind, and are likely a reflection of a well-organized and passionate ground game, analysts say. Romanoff recently sold his house and cashed in savings to loan his campaign $325,000.

Romanoff's movement is "dramatic," according to pollster Jay Leve of Survey USA, the firm that conducted the poll.

Leve said Romanoff is finding support from voters in the Denver area; among voters younger than 50; and among people who call themselves "liberal."

"He's finally getting his campaign together. He's pulling together the Romanoff coalition," said University of Colorado at Boulder political scientist Ken Bickers. "It's surprising to me that it's taken so long."

The Post also reports that "in the Republican primary, Ken Buck leads Jane Norton by 9 points, down from a 16-point lead in June."

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