O'Donnell Joins Beauprez In Double-Digit Deficit
Ed Perlmutter now has a commanding lead over Rick O'Donnell to succeed Beauprez in CD-7:
Democrat Ed Perlmutter has surged to a 17-point lead over Republican Rick O'Donnell in a new 9NEWS poll conducted by Survey USA in the race to represent Colorado's 7th Congressional District.ColoradoPols notes the effect that two feeble Republican candidates--Beauprez and O'Donnell--will have on potential Republican turnout for local house and senate races.
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Perlmutter's advantage comes from a 40-percentage point lead he holds among self-described moderates who make up nearly half of the likely voters polled (65%-25%) and a 25-point edge among independent voters (54%-29%). Perlmutter also leads among women voters by a significant margin (59%-31%).
O'Donnell is receiving the support of 76% of Republicans, but 14% of the Republicans surveyed said they would support Perlmutter. That's in contrast to the four percent of Democrats who favor O'Donnell while Perlmutter keeps 93% of his own party's support.
The survey's participants were 38% Republican, 37% Democratic and 24% Independent.
Although one should also note that even though President Bush carried Colorado in 2004, Pete Coors lost to Ken Salazar, evidencing little carry-over/coattails effect. A lack of a motivated base in that election for Coors, and similarly for Beauprez and O'Donnell does not bode well for Republicans on the state level.