Cheat Sheet to 2014 GOP Senate Races: Colorado

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Incumbent Senator Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is certainly feeling the heat this election season. Colorado’s Senate race has likely proven to be much closer than he may have planned for back in February, before he was aware of Representative Cory Gardner’s (R) plans to run. Initially, Gardner had stated he would not be running — however, changed his plans later, and has since been putting up an impressive fight, at least based on polling numbers.

Harper Polling took a look at Colorado voters split in early April, and showed the two at a near even split, with Udall taking 45 percent of votes and Gardner earning 43 percent. While Udall showed a slight advantage there, he did in other areas of the poll. When asked to agree or disagree with the statement that “things have gotten so bad in Washington that we need to send a message by voting out every incumbent, regardless of their party and record,” 42 percent said they agreed, not far below the 47 percent disagreeing.

On top of that, 38 percent approved of his job as Senator and 46 percent disapproved, better than the 55 percent disapproval rating President Barack Obama earned, but worse than the 41 percent approval rating Obama managed. Gardner had his own bad news in that respect, with 54 percent saying they disapprove of Obama’s healthcare reform, and 61 percent saying that Obamacare would have an influence on how they voted for the Congressional elections.

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