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Obama, Romney still dead even in Colorado

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DENVER — President Obama and Mitt Romney have practically made Colorado their second home, but all those campaign stops and television ads haven’t broken the deadlock.

A survey of Coloradans released Friday by The Denver Post showed the candidates still stuck in a one-point dead heat, with Mr. Obama leading by 47 to 46 percentage points. The margin of error for the poll is +/- 4 percentage points, meaning the candidates are essentially tied.

What about when Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is included? In that case, it’s still a one-point race, with the Democrat Obama ahead of the Republican Romney by 45 to 44 percentage points. Mr. Johnson takes 3 percent of the vote.

Denver political analyst Floyd Ciruli said the results “really raise the importance of the October debate here.” The first presidential debate is scheduled for Oct. 3 at the University of Denver.

“This race could come down to a few thousand votes in Colorado, which means we’ll be seeing a lot more them,” said Mr. Ciruli.

That hardly seems possible, given the candidates’ current Colorado-heavy campaign schedules. Mr. Romney is scheduled to speak Sunday in Pueblo, while Mr. Obama just made an appearance Thursday in Golden. The president’s visits have become so routine that his speech didn’t even make Friday’s front page of the Post, instead running as a brief with a photo on page two.

The poll, conducted for The Denver Post by SurveyUSA, interviewed 750 Colorado adults, 676 of whom were registered voters. Of those, 615 said they were likely voters. Most were contacted via an automated telephone poll on their home phones, while 25 percent answered questions from their cell phones.

The sample used 34 percent Republicans, 34 percent Democrats and 30 percent unaffiliated voters, according to the Post.

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