DENVER — A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday morning has Republican Congressman Cory Gardner leading Democrat Sen. Mark Udall by eight points less than seven weeks before Election Day.
In a survey of 1,211 likely voters, Gardner leads Udall 48 percent to 40 percent, with independent candidate Steve Shogan at 8 percent.
“U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, for now, is in the driver’s seat in a race with national importance,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
On Wednesday, Quinnipiac had a poll for the governor’s race that showed Republican Bob Beauprez leading Gov. John Hickenlooper 50 percent to 40 percent.
Both polls surveyed Colorado residents from Sept. 10-15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.
However, a USA Today/Suffolk University poll released later Wednesday had Hickenlooper leading Beauprez 43 percent to 41 percent. And in that same survey, Gardner only led Udall 43 percent to 42 percent, more in line with other surveys taken recently.
Before the Quinnipiac poll, Gardner had led by no more than 2 percentage points, according to poll results recorded by Real Clear Politics. In July, Quinnipiac had Gardner ahead by 2 percentage points.