by Ralph Routon
Republican Jane Norton, a former Colorado lieutenant governor, has a clear lead over the top Democrats in the upcoming 2010 U.S. Senate race, according to a new telephone survey done by national pollster Rasmussen Reports.
Of course, Norton first has to win the GOP primary next summer, and the Rasmussen poll of 500 likely Colorado voters avoided the two parties' contested primaries.
But Norton does have a clear-cut lead over Sen. Michael Bennet, 46 to 37 percent, and a similar edge of 45-34 percent over Bennet's Democratic opponent, former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff.
The other possible matchups for next November's general election appear much closer, according to the Rasmussen survey. Former GOP state legislator Tom Wiens is in a virtual tie with Bennet (42-41) and Romanoff (41-40). Ken Buck, a Republican prosecutor from Greeley, edges Romanoff by 41-39 and Bennet by 42-38.
For more, go to rasmussenreports.com.