PPP Poll: Bennet, McInnis And Norton Lead Heading Into CO Primaries

Jay Mallin

A new PPP poll of tomorrow’s Colorado Senate and gubernatorial primaries shows tight races all around, but maybe a little breathing room for incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet, who’s facing a tough, late-charging challenge from former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff.The poll shows Bennet leading Romanoff 49%-43%, with 9% still undecided (despite the fact that most Colorado counties are holding mail-in elections). In the last PPP poll, in May, Bennet led 46%-31%. The TPM Poll Average for this race has Bennet leading 44.1%-43.2%.

Meanwhile, one point separates the Republican gubernatorial primary candidates, Scott McInnis and Dan Maes. Both candidates have had their recent struggles, but McInnis’ plagiarism scandal has let Maes make up an impressive amount of ground. In the last PPP poll, in May, McInnis led Maes 50%-15% in a five-way contest. Now, in a head-to-head matchup, the lead is just one, with McInnis up 41%-40%, with 19% undecided.

“McInnis’ favorability rating has declined a stunning 43 points, from 54-15 to 36-40,” PPP reports.

Finally, in the Republican Senate primary, establishment favorite Jane Norton leads Tea Party favorite Ken Buck 45%-43%, with 12% undecided. In May, PPP had found Norton leading Buck 31%-26% in a nine-way race. The TPM Poll Average for this race shows Buck leading Norton 44.2%-38.8%.

PPP surveyed 448 likely Colorado Democratic primary voters, with a margin of error of
+/- 4.6%, and 767 likely Republican primary voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.5%,
from August 7-8.