National media types have gone into overdrive to focus on the Kansas governor’s race where GOP incumbent Sam Brownback is struggling to win re-election after enacting a conservative agenda. But Brownback is within the margin of error in recent polls. That might not be the case about another governor in a larger state who is trouble for enacting a liberal agenda. The latest Quinnipiac University Poll finds Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper trailing his opponent, former GOP congressman Bob Beauprez, by 10 points.
Honestly, I’m very skeptical about this poll – I don’t see the race as anything but close. I’d like to see Bob Beauprez win this election, but Colorado is not today what it was ten or fifteen years ago. Governor Hickenlooper, for all his faults, still commands a powerful lead in the major metro areas of Denver and Boulder.
Could I be wrong? It’s happened once or twice.
But there’s another indicator. A USA Today/Suffolk poll taken on September 13-16 shows GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner leading incumbent Mark Udall by one point, the first such poll that has Gardner in the lead.
Interesting, but not necessarily indicative; not yet. Gardner is running what is in the opinion of yr. obdt. a lackluster campaign.
Nationally it looks like the Senate races are tightening up. The RCP map has the Senate going (as of today) 47 Republican, 42 Democrat, with 8 tossups. But a recent WaPo story posits that the Democrats have a 51% chance of retaining the Senate.
Again, color me skeptical. At this point my guess is that the GOP will squeak out a narrow majority – 51 or 52 seats.
Still – it’s a bit over six weeks until what may or may not be a wave election. That’s a long, long time in politics.