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Democratic Colorado Sen. Mark Udall talks to the media after a Senate Intelligence Committee closed hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 16, 2012. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas) Democratic Colorado Sen. Mark Udall talks to the media after a Senate Intelligence Committee closed hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 16, 2012. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)  

Poll: Colorado looks shaky for Dems ahead of midterms

The swing state Colorado is very much in play in the 2014 elections, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll.

Coloradans are quite chilly toward President Barack Obama, with 59 percent of those polled disapproving of his job, “close to his worst approval rating in any Quinnipiac University state or national poll since he was elected,” according to the press release.

In the U.S. Senate race, Democrat Mark Udall remains barely ahead of a crowded field of Republicans vying for the nomination. He’s two points up on both state Sen. Randy Baumgardner and state Rep. Amy Stephens (each at 43-41) and three points up on District Attorney Ken Buck (45-42). Udall is comfortably ahead of state Sen. Owen Hill and businessman Jamie McMillan, 44-39 and 45-38, respectively.

Poll respondents are tied on whether Udall should be re-elected, 42-42.

“Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Udall may be the front-runner, but he can hear the footsteps of three challengers, all within a few percentage points of him,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in the release.

Not all news is bad for Democrats. Coloradans have turned against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the wake of the George Washington Bridge scandal, giving potential competitor Hillary Clinton an edge.

A potential presidential matchup between Clinton and Christie has Clinton inching ahead 43-42, according to poll results. That compares to a 46-38 Christie lead in November.

Clinton continues to fare less well against three other potential Republican candidates in Colorado, where she remains bested by Sen. Rand Paul at 47-43 percent and Rep. Paul Ryan at 48-43 percent. Clinton is slightly ahead of Sen. Ted Cruz, at 44-43 percent.

“Coloradans love affair with New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie takes an icy February turn while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seems frozen in place in the run-up to the 2016 presidential race,” Malloy added, according to the press release.

The numbers hew closely to how much Colorado voters dislike Obamacare, by a margin of 60-37 percent.

Coloradans also overwhelmingly support raising the minimum wage by 67-31 percent, except for Republicans, who oppose it 52-44 percent.

The poll surveyed 1,139 registered voters and has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.

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