by Pam Zubeck
Despite wanting to wipe out Social Security and dismantle the U.S. Department of Education, Republican Ken Buck is drawing support of 40 percent of voters in Colorado, a recent poll shows.
The poll was conducted by the bipartisan research team of Lori Weigel of Public Opinion Strategies (R) and David Metz of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (D).
The poll shows Buck with 40 percent, and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet with 43 percent, which places them in a dead heat when the margin of error is considered. In Colorado Springs, Buck's margin is even wider, 56 percent to 30 percent.
“The anti-Washington sentiment and general political environment would seemingly be working against Bennet,” Lori Weigel says in a press release. “Incumbents tend to receive what they see in the polling, with undecided voters more likely to opt for change. However, this year, with disgust at politics and both parties running high, we have the potential for relatively unknown third party candidates to siphon off enough votes to change traditional campaign dynamics.”
In the governor's race, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, is crushing Constitutional Party candidate Tom Tancredo and Republican train wreck Dan Maes. Hickenlooper polled 53 percent against Tancredo's 17 percent and Maes' 17 percent.
Hickenlooper even out-polled both in the right-wing hotbed of Colorado Springs, but probably gained considerable strength from Pueblo, which was lumped with the Springs in the poll results.
Tancredo's campaign sent out a press release recently saying he's racking in the cash, collecting $200,000 in donations since he got in the race in July.