Rand Paul leads 2016 potentials in Colo.; Senate race tight: poll

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A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows that Democrat Sen. Mark Udall is running neck-and-neck with GOP challenger Rep. Cory Gardner in the Colorado Senate race.

The poll also showed that nearly six in 10 registered voters in Colorado voters oppose Obamacare and that Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is the front-runner to be the next president.

In the survey, Mr. Udall received support from 45 percent of the poll respondents, compared to 44 percent for Mr. Gardner.

And there is a clear gender divide, with Mr. Udall leading 52 percent to 35 percent among women, and Mr. Gardner leading 53 percent to 38 percent among men.

Those surveyed said the economy and jobs were their top priority followed by healthcare heading into the 2014 election.

“In a race that is both too close to call and one of the prime targets for Republicans trying to take back the Senate, Colorado Sen. Mark Udall might best focus on one predominant concern — the economy,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

Mr. Paul, meanwhile, bests former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton by a 48-43 percent margin in a hypothetical race for the presidency in 2016.

“The road to the White House has many twists and turns, but right now, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is the man to beat in Colorado,” Mr. Malloy said.

The polls was conducted April 15-21 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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