Here’s the latest news out of Colorado:
Democrat John Hickenlooper leads Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner by 9 percentage points as Colorado voters get ready to receive their ballots in the mail, according to a new poll released Thursday by Colorado Politics and 9News.
The survey, conducted online Oct. 1-6 by national polling firm Survey USA, found Hickenlooper leading Gardner 48% to 39% among likely Colorado voters, with 6% saying they'll vote for another candidate and 8% undecided.
The results, which carry a credibility level of plus-or-minus 3.9 percentage points, suggest the former two-term governor has withstood months of attacks over violations of a state gift ban with a state electorate poised to reject President Donald Trump and his close ally Gardner.
The same poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden leading Trump by 10 percentage points among likely state voters, 50% to 40%, backing up assessments by election forecasters that Colorado's nine electoral votes aren't up for grabs this year.
The Colorado race has been pegged as key by both parties to winning the majority in the GOP-controlled Senate after the November election. Democrats need to net four seats to take the gavel, or three seats if the party wins the White House.
Gardner is considered the most vulnerable Republican senators on the ballot this year, as Colorado's electorate has shifted leftward in the six years since he won the seat and the state has voted for the Democrat in the last three presidential elections.
Gardner scores best among likely voters who describe themselves as conservative, with 81% saying they plan to vote for the Republican, compared to 88% of liberals who are siding with Hickenlooper. But Gardner trails Hickenlooper by 19 percentage points among self-described moderates, the largest share of the state's electorate, with 49% picking Hickenlooper and just 30% going for Gardner.
Geographically, Hickenlooper holds a slight edge over Gardner in Western Colorado, 48% to 45%, and trails the Republican in the Colorado Springs region, 41% to 34%. The former two-term mayor Denver, however, has a wide lead in the Denver metro area, 53% to 36%.