Colorado voters went to the polls for the state-wide primary June 24th and selected Bob Beauprez for their GOP candidate for governor, besting Tom Tancredo and others. And a new Rasmussen Poll shows that independent voters favor Bob Beauprez over John Hickenlooper 45 to 37 percent! This is huge news and could be a key trend to watch for the governor’s race leading into November. New polls show the governors race has tightened significantly since the primary shored up Beauprez as the nominee. The polls now show that Hickenlooper and Beauprez are in a virtual tie, each drawing 44 percent.
In separate polling, the very closely watched race between Sen. Mark Udall and Rep. Cory Gardner also shows similar results. Independents are favoring Gardner over Udall, 41 to 36 percent.
I can’t pretend that as a liberal independent I am not disturbed by this polling. I am deeply worried about it. While I can’t ignore the fact that a large portion of Independent voters in Colorado are on the libertarian side of the political spectrum, there is also a large liberal independent voting block, a segment of the population who are unaffiliated voters who have strong liberal political leanings. We need to make our voices heard in this election season. Independents will have a huge sway on this election and who gets voted into Congress. Lets talk to our friends and neighbors and coworkers and make our concerns known. Because Udall is far from having this thing locked in. I do have faith that Hickenlooper will put out a win, but his victory is far from assured as well. Both Udall and Hickenlooper need to think: turn out, turn out, turn out!