DENVER–A poll released Monday shows Republican Mitt Romney expanding his edge in Colorado just as early voting begins statewide.
The Rasmussen Reports survey has Romney leading President Obama by a margin of 50 to 46 percentage points among likely Colorado voters. Another 2 percent favor a different candidate and 1 percent remain undecided.
The results indicate a significant jump for Romney from the previous Rasmussen poll released two weeks ago, which had the Republican trailing in Colorado by 49 to 48 percent. Other recent polls, including one released Oct. 12 by The Denver Post, have shown the candidates essentially tied in Colorado.
The poll also represents the first time Romney has hit the 50-percent threshold since Rasmussen began taking head-to-head surveys of the major-party candidates earlier this year.
Colorado remains a toss-up state in virtually every election analysis, including the Rasmussen Reports Electoral College Projections.
“But Colorado is the fourth swing state that has moved in Romney’s direction in the past week,” said the Rasmussen analysis. “Florida, Missouri and North Carolina have now shifted from Toss-Up to Leans Romney.”
Mail-in ballots went out last week while early voting begins Monday and runs until Nov. 2.
“Today’s Rasmussen poll is only further evidence that momentum is on Mitt Romney’s side in the Centennial State,” said Romney Colorado spokeswoman Ellie Wallace in a statement.
The Rasmussen telephone poll was conducted Oct. 21 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percentage points.