Suthers holds strong lead in re-election bid

Jessica M. Karmasek Sep. 3, 2010, 3:49pm


DENVER (Legal Newsline) - Incumbent Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has a sizable lead on his opponent, Democrat Stan Garnett, according to recent poll results.

Magellan Data and Mapping Strategies, based in Louisville, Colo., earlier this week released the results of an automated survey of likely general election voters in the state. The survey was conducted Aug. 25-26.

According to the poll results, among voters, the Republican candidate, Suthers, leads the Boulder district attorney, Garnett, by 15 points, 47 percent to 32 percent. Twenty-one percent of voters are undecided, the survey results said.

The survey found Suthers has a strong lead among unaffiliated voters and men, 15 points and 17 points respectively.

The Magellan poll also noted the intensity of support for each candidate within their respective parties.

Eighty-four percent of Republicans support Suthers, while 69 percent of Democrats support Garnett in the November election.

The polling company said in a statement, along with their results, that they expect Garnett's numbers to improve among his Democratic base "as he begins spending resources and introducing himself to voters."

The survey was conducted using automated telephone touch tone technology and the sample was randomly drawn from a Colorado voter file among households containing at least one registered voter. A total of 954 likely voters were interviewed.

The response data was weighted to reflect past general election voter demographics from the 2008, 2006, 2004 and 2002 election cycles, the polling company said.

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