- The Washington Times - Friday, September 5, 2014

The Senate race in Colorado is a “nail-biter” ahead of the first debate between Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and Republican challenger Cory Gardner, a new survey says.

senate” target=”_blank”>Rasmussen Reports’ look at likely voters puts Mr. Udall ahead by 2 points, or 44-42 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 points.

The candidates will have their must public sparring session Saturday evening in Grand Junction, a closely watched event as Republicans hope to gain six seats and retake the Senate majority this November.

To date Mr. Gardner, a congressman, has highlighted Mr. Udall’s vote for Obamacare.

Thousands of Coloradans received cancellation notices  — including Mr. Gardner’s himself — from their insurers because of the law’s new coverage requirements.

Mr. Udall, meanwhile, has catered to women voters by calling on Congress to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision in “Hobby Lobby, which said that closely held corporations do not have to insure birth control in their company plans if they object to it on moral grounds.

Mr. Gardner has said that contraceptives should be sold over-the-counter to improve access, but the Udall campaign says that will do little good if insurers do not foot the bill.

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