Colorado Sen. Mark Udall is barely ahead of his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University. The poll suggests the economy and the new healthcare law could be the two biggest hurdles for the Democratic incumbent to retain the seat.
In another shake-up just as dramatic as his entrance into the Senate race, Rep. Cory Gardner in an interview with The Denver Post changed his position on 'personhood' measures. AP Reporter Nick Riccardi says this change reflects the "clout of Colorado's female voters."
Gardner, once a stronger proponent of "personhood" measures, says he's changed his mind and accepts the argument of critics that such measures not only ban abortion but prohibit some forms of contraception.
Republicans seem to have all the momentum lately when it comes to the battle for control of the U.S. Senate.
GOP chances were already looking brighter because of the drag on Democrats from the Affordable Care Act and President Obama's low approval ratings. Then came two developments that suddenly expanded the playing field: Former GOP Sen. Scott Brown recently announced his intent to run against New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, and GOP Rep. Cory Gardner jumped in against Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall.
Republican State Senator Owen Hill announced he’s dropping his bid for the office. Hill would have run against Republican Party frontrunner Cory Gardner for the chance to represent the GOP against incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Mark Udall. The move marks one of several reshuffling acts happening now in Colorado Republican races for national office.