(SPRINGFIELD) – Former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton has grown her lead over appointed Senator Michael Bennet to 14 percentage points, 51% to 37%, according to Rasmussen Reports. The numbers mark the first time a candidate has polled above 50 percent, as Norton added two points to her 12-point January lead. The poll of 500 likely voters was conducted on February 2, and continues a trend in which Norton’s lead over Governor Ritter’s Senator has grown from 9 to 15 points since December.
“This poll reflects exactly what I’m seeing as I travel around this great state,” commented Norton from a campaign stop in Baca County, where she is meeting with local voters. “People want a Senator who will stand up for Colorado values, not an ideologue to rubber-stamp the President’s Big Government policies.”
Norton also grew her lead among independent voters, now at 13 percentage points.
“I’m telling Coloradans I’ll stand up to fight the out-of-control spending, the special interests, and the ever-growing deficits,” continued Norton. “Coloradans are telling the pollsters that’s exactly the kind of Senator we need.”
The poll shows only 17 percent of Coloradans believe government spending is a better way to create jobs than cutting taxes. Senator Bennet recently voted to increase the national debt ceiling by a record $1.9 trillion, and has been a vocal supporter of the $862 billion “stimulus” bill, as well as the $871 billion healthcare takeover.
According to the poll, 53 percent of Coloradans disapprove of President Obama, who will make a cameo in Colorado on February 18th to stump for Bennet.
Per a 2008 study by Fordham University, Rasmussen Reports was the most accurate pollster during the 2008 election cycle. Rasmussen projected a 2008 Obama win by a 52-46 margin. Obama won 53-46. For more information on the Colorado Senate poll, please click here.
--Submitted to The Watch by Jane Norton for Colorado