Hickenlooper Tied With Beauprez In New Poll

July 16, 2014 2:52 PM

Hickenlooper Tied With Beauprez In New Poll
" DENVER (AP) – The race for governor in Colorado is in a statistical tie, with Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper in a dead heat with Republican challenger Bob Beauprez.

Four months before the election, a poll released by Quinnipiac University showed Hickenlooper trailing Beauprez among registered voters 43 to 44 percent, which is within the margin of error. It is the first Quinnipiac poll since Republicans picked Beauprez as the gubernatorial nominee last month.

In 2006, Beauprez lost the governor’s race by a wide margin to Democrat Bill Ritter. Beauprez served two terms in the U.S. House, representing Denver’s western suburbs.

The poll indicated Hickenlooper may face his toughest contest yet. The former geologist was easily elected Denver mayor twice, and he cruised to the governor’s office four years ago against a fractured GOP. Dan Maes, the Republican nominee in 2010, was a political newcomer and tea party favorite who only got 11 percent of the vote in the race. Meanwhile, former Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, best known for his tough stance against illegal immigration, also got into the race that year, but as a third-party candidate because he said Maes couldn’t win "

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