Gardner leads Udall by 2 in new PPP poll

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Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, is challenging Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, in one of the country's most competitive Senate races this year.

DENVER — Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner leads incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall by a 47-45 percent margin in a survey released Thursday by Public Policy Polling, a firm that generally tends to favor left-leaning candidates.

Eight percent of respondents remain undecided with 40 days remaining until Election Day and just a couple of weeks until ballots are mailed out.

Interestingly, PPP asked respondents a number of issue-related questions.

More than half of the respondents, 55 percent, said they are much more likely to vote for a candidate who “wants to protect a woman’s right to choose and protect access to birth control”; and 47 percent said they are much more likely to support a candidate “who wants to make sure the rich and corporations pay their fair share of taxes.”

While those figures bode well for Udall, who has attacked Gardner mercilessly on women’s health issues for months and may have an opportunity to press a tax fairness argument down the stretch, here’s one that doesn’t: 49 percent of respondents said they’re much less likely to vote for a candidate “who has voted with President Obama 99 percent of the time,” which Udall has — something Gardner’s campaign has been harping on.