John Frank --- The Denver Post
Republican Bob Beauprez holds a 10-point lead against Gov. John Hickenlooper, according to a new poll, marking a major shift in a governor's race deadlocked for months.
The Quinnipiac University Poll, released Wednesday, found that 50 percent of likely voters support or lean toward Beauprez and 40 percent back the Democratic incumbent.
The Libertarian and Green Party candidates each took 3 percent with another 4 percent undecided or supporting another challenger. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 percent.
"Pundits were predicting that Gov. Hickenlooper faced a close race for re-election," said Tim Malloy, an assistant poll director. "Instead, he's got a mad dash to make up a double-digit deficit."
The poll is the first to give the Republican an edge outside the margins, let alone a double-digit advantage, and could upend the race in the final weeks before mail-in voting starts Oct. 14.
Its findings diverge significantly from a Denver Post poll of likely voters conducted two days earlier that showed Hickenlooper at 45 percent and Beauprez at 43 percent, a statistical tie within the margin of error.