Poll gives Ritter 15-point lead, 11 percent undecided | SteamboatToday.com

Poll gives Ritter 15-point lead, 11 percent undecided

— A poll released Sunday by The Denver Post of registered voters gave Democrat Bill Ritter a 15-point lead over Republican Bob Beauprez, with 11 percent undecided.

The poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research of 625 registered voters between Oct. 3-5, had Ritter leading in every region of the state with 50 percent support overall. Beauprez had 35 percent.

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

A poll by Ciruli Associates on Friday gave Ritter a 10-point lead with 20 percent of the 500 polled undecided.

“Things look very good for Ritter, but the election is still a month away, and this isn’t a state where Democrats tend to win by big margins statewide,” said Seth Masket, a political science professor at the University of Denver.

John Marshall, campaign spokesman for Beauprez, said the Mason-Dixon poll results were wrong. “This race is going to tighten up. It’s going to be close,” said Ritter campaign manager Greg Kolomitz.

The poll found Ritter leading Beauprez in Republican strongholds. It said 40 percent of those polled had an unfavorable view of Beauprez, compared with 32 percent who had a favorable view. Forty-six percent had a favorable view of Ritter, compared to 23 percent with a negative view.

Ritter led Beauprez on issues such as how to handle the economy, environment and regulation of energy development. On immigration, the two were essentially tied.

“Beauprez has to drive Ritter’s unfavorables up. The only way you get elected when your unfavorable ratings are that high is to get your opponent’s up as well,” said GOP consultant Katy Atkinson. “The No. 1 issue in the state is still illegal immigration. He has to pound Ritter on that.”

Kolomitz said Ritter has already shown he can take attacks on immigration. “What the people of Colorado want to know is what you’re going to do and what you’re for,” he said.

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