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UDALL ON THE ROCKS IN COLORADO
Why did incumbent Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., take the risky step this week of making his first television ad of the cycle a social issue attack? A new Quinnipiac University poll tells us why. The race, previously considered a safe Democratic retention, is now dead head. Udall, who led all challengers in February, is in a statistical tie with Republican Rep. Cory Gardner. When asked whether Udall should be re-elected, 46 percent of respondents said no and 40 percent said yes. That number was tied at 42 percent two months ago. Udall’s early move to launch a scary spot about abortion reflects a candidate concerned about his political base. Udall leads among women 52 percent to Gardner’s 35 percent, while Gardner leads among men, 53 to 38. Udall has consistently low favorability with Colorado voters while most voters haven’t made up their minds about Gardner. Launching this attack now will surely drive up Gardner’s negatives among pro-choice voters, but won’t do anything to help Udall enhance his own droopy digits.
About ObamaCare - Whatever they know or don’t know about the candidates in the race, voters seem to have formed clear attitudes about the contestants’ positions. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said they were opposed ObamaCare, including 62 percent of independent voters. Voters supported Gardner’s health care policies over Udall’s 57 percent to 36 percent. They preferred Gardner’s stance on the economy 53 percent to 40 percent for Udall.