A recent telephone poll of 1,147 registered Colorado voters showed the Republican gubernatorial challenger Bob Beauprez and incumbent Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper are in a dead heat for the state’s chief job.

About 43 percent of those asked favored Hickenlooper in the November election compared to 44 percent for Beauprez. The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points, making the results a statistical tie.

Beauprez beat out three other Republicans in the June primary for a shot at removing Hickenlooper from office in November.

“Coloradans seem generally optimistic about the future and confidant in the state’s economy. But that is certainly not enough to open the way for a smooth ride to reelection for Gov. John Hickenlooper,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, in a statement released with the results. “Is former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez enjoying a bounce after his Republican primary win or is he a real challenge to the Democratic incumbent?”

When asked, 64 percent of voters said the economy in Colorado is excellent or good, the poll results show.

But Hickenlooper’s overall approval rating has dropped compared to a poll conducted in April: 48 percent of voters said Hickenlooper does not deserve reelection while 42 percent said he does. That’s down from 47 percent in April who supported his second term in office to 43 percent who didn’t.