Democrats hold double-digit leads in Colorado Senate, governor races: poll

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) are on track to win their reelection bids in November, with each man holding a double-digit lead over his

Republican challenger, according to a new Emerson College Polling/The Hill survey released Thursday. The poll shows Bennet with a 10-point edge over Republican Senate

nominee Joe O’Dea. Bennet takes 46 percent support to O’Dea’s 36 percent. Polis, meanwhile, is performing even better in his matchup against Republican Heidi Ganahl.

Fifty-three percent of respondents say they support Polis compared to 36 percent who back Ganahl – a staggering 17-point lead for the Democratic incumbent. The poll

suggests that Colorado voters are poised to reelect two of their top Democrats, even as Washington Republicans argue that Bennet’s Senate seat could still come into play.

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), told reporters on Tuesday that O’Dea is “barely behind” Bennet in the polls and has

a real chance of ousting Colorado’s senior senator this year. That Bennet and Polis appear well-positioned ahead of the November midterm elections isn’t unusual.

Colorado has shifted heavily toward Democrats in recent years, and it was less than two years ago that voters in the state ousted now-former Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) in favor

of Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), the former Colorado governor. But despite the state’s Democratic tilt, attitudes toward President Biden are split. Forty-four

percent of respondents say they approve of his job performance, while just as many disapprove, according to the Emerson College Polling/The Hill survey.