DENVER – While Democrats have been able to maintain their grip on the Governor’s mansion, a razor thin majority in the legislature, and control of both U.S. Senate seats, a new survey suggests that the political tides in Colorado may be turning.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday shows New Jersey Governor Chris Christie leading Hillary Clinton by near double digits, and two other potential GOP candidates edging out the former Secretary of State as well.
Christie, who recently was reelected to a second term in a heavily Democrat leaning state, is respected by many on both sides of the political divide for his pragmatic and frank approach to problem solving.
According to the survey, the portly and plain-spoken governor bests the former Obama cabinet official, still hobbled by lingering questions about the Benghazi cover up, by a comfortable 46 percent to 38 percent margin in Colorado.
Clinton’s sky high unfavorable ratings appear to be dogging her electoral fortunes as well, with nearly 50 percent of voters disapproving of the former political appointee.
Other good news for Republicans: Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and Representative Paul Ryan also maintain a lead over Clinton in the survey, while Clinton is tied with Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
“The race might be hypothetical, but the lead is very real. Coloradans are showing the love for Garden State Gov. Christopher Christie, who for the first time in running well ahead of Hillary Clinton,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
The Colorado Observer reported earlier this week that Senator Mark Udall is in hot water, largely thanks to the botched rollout of Obamacare.
But a larger concern for Democrats may be the President’s rapidly deteriorating approval ratings.
While Mr. Obama won’t be on the ballot himself in 2014, his falling popularity may adversely impact the chances of candidates from his party who are.
According to the survey, “Colorado voters disapprove 59 – 36 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, his worst approval rating in any state…”
“President Barack Obama hits the rocks in the Rockies,” Malloy said. “Republicans are singing, ‘Rocky Mountain low, Obama’s in the snow.’”