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Poll reverses projections on Hickenlooper-Beauprez race

By: Megan Schrader
October 23, 2014 Updated: October 23, 2014 at 10:16 am
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photo - Gov. John Hickenlooper, left, and challenger Bob Beauprez.
Gov. John Hickenlooper, left, and challenger Bob Beauprez. 

The last time Quinnipiac University unveiled a poll in the governor's race it was breaking news that Gov. John Hickenlooper, the Democratic incumbent, had fallen shockingly behind his Republican challenger Bob Beauprez.

But slightly more than a month later, the Massachusetts University has polled Colorado voters again and found the race is too close to call.

“Off the mat and clearly building momentum, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper fights off a ten count and enters the final round of the gubernatorial slugfest looking stronger by the day,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

But also a likely scenario is that Beauprez's 10 point lead in the September poll was a fluke. At the time, other polls of the contentious governor's race showed the two were locked in a dead heat.

The Quinnipiac poll released Thursday asked 974 self-identified "likely" voters between Oct. 15 and 24 who they would vote for on Nov. 4.

Hickenlooper received 45 percent of the support and Beauprez 44 percent, a statistical tie in a poll with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.

Thousands of ballots are being turned in every day in the state's all mail election and both candidates are part of a last minute media blitz fueled by outside money pouring into the state through third-party groups.

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