Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) has just a single-digit lead over possible Republican challengers in the 2014 Senate race, according to a new poll.
The Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday found that Udall leads Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, a who previously ran unsuccessfully for Sen. Michael Bennett’s (D-CO) seat in 2010 45 percent to 42 percent. Buck has compared being gay to being an alcoholic and also argued that voters should support him over his primary opponent because unlike her he doesn’t “wear high heels.”
In similar matchups with other Republicans polled Udall also has a slim lead. According to the Quinnipiac poll:
Udall over State Sen. Randy Baumgardner 44 – 39 percent;
Udall tops State Sen. Owen Hill 45 – 39 percent;
Udall at 43 percent, with 40 percent for businessman Jaime McMillan;
Udall leads State Rep. Amy Stephens 45 – 38 percent;
Udall tops businessman Mark Aspiri 45 – 36 percent.
Udall’s support among Colorado voters are evenly split, the poll found with 44 percent approving of the senator and 44 percent disapproving. The poll also found that 47 percent of those surveyed said Udall deserves reelection while 41 percent do not.
The poll was conducted among 1,206 registered voters from November 15 to November 18. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.