In the first poll conducted since Colorado’s August 10, 2010 primary, Republican nominee Ken Buck leads appointed Democrat Senator Michael Bennet 46-41 percent, Rasmussen reports. The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Colorado was conducted on August 11. The margin of sampling error is +/-4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
Colorado Republicans appear to have come back together a bit quicker than Democrats. Buck now gets 88% support from GOP voters, while 79% of Democrats support Bennet. The Republican leads by just five points among voters not affiliated with either party.
These results are similar to those from before the primary.
Bennet was the Denver school superintendent who was named to the Senate early last year when Ken Salazar resigned to join President Obama’s Cabinet. A county prosecutor, Buck has consistently led Bennet in matchups back to March, capturing 44% to 48% of the vote. Bennet in those same surveys has earned 38% to 42% support.
The poll is great news for Republicans, as Buck was underfunded in the primary. According to the Denver Post, Buck raised only $1 million compared to $8 million by the Obama-backed Bennet. Bennet reportedly has $1.6 million in the bank, but the GOP establishment is gearing up to provide generous funding to Buck, and it is widely believed the 527 and PAC support provided Buck’s establishment opponent, Jane Norton, will now inure to Buck. The National Republican Senatorial campaign has also set up a Bennet: Wrong for Colorado website. And Senator Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund, will continue to support Buck, after providing considerable support for his primary campaign.