John Frank --- The Denver Post
The Colorado governor’s race remains in flux as a new poll shows Republican Bob Beauprez taking a lead against Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper in the final days.
The Quinnipiac University survey gives Beauprez 45 percent to 40 percent for Hickenlooper, a lead outside the 3.4 percent margin of error. It reflects a reversal from a week earlier in the poll show the two candidates deadlocked, Hickenlooper at 45 percent and Beauprez at 44 percent.
For the past month, the poll’s numbers showed the race all over the place, from the Republican plus-10 points in mid-September to a closer contest in October, drawing plenty of scrutiny about the results. The survey doesn’t fit the pattern seen in other recent polls that show Hickenlooper with the advantage and what is behind the shift is unclear.
But the poll does come at an interesting point in the campaign — days after Beauprez launched a fear-laden television ad that asks, “With John Hickenlooper as governor … is your family safe?” Whether the poll reflects any movement from the ad is sure to draw speculation.
One interesting number from the polling breakdown is a change in Hickenlooper’s image. A week ago, his favorability stood at 51 percent and unfavorability at 42 percent. Now, it’s 46-46, the poll found.
Beauprez’s favorability is 47 percent to 34 percent unfavorable with a sizable 17 percent undecided.