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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: Sen. Mark Udall has slight edge on Rep. Cory Gardner

Incumbent Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall has a slim lead over his challenger, Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, according to a new poll from American Crossroads.

Forty-five percent of those polled said they would vote for Udall, compared to 43 percent for Gardner. Twelve percent of respondents aren’t sure who they will vote for.

Udall’s lead is well within the poll’s 4.35 percent margin of error, meaning that the contest remains a dead heat.

In terms of favorability, voters’ opinion of Udall is almost evenly split, with 41 percent saying they have a favorable opinion of him to 42 percent unfavorable.

Their opinion of Gardner, however, is more clearly divided, with 38 percent unfavorable to 30 percent favorable. But 32 percent aren’t sure.

When it comes to incumbents’ job performance, however — both for Udall and President Obama — those who responded to the poll are clear in their dissatisfaction. By wide margins, Colorado voters disapprove of Udall’s job performance (46-38), of how the president is doing his job (55-41) and of Obama’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act (54-41).

Sixty-one percent of those polled said Obamacare would be a factor in how they vote in the congressional election, compared to only 27 percent who said it didn’t matter.

Udall, a strong supporter of Obamacare, is thought to be vulnerable on the issue. His office was at the center of a widely publicized attempt to pressure the Colorado Division of Insurance to walk back the number of people whose policies had been cancelled.

The demographics of the respondents were roughly spilt between Democrats (33 percent), Republicans (31 percent) and unaffiliated voters (36 percent). More people polled described themselves as conservative than liberal, 35-20 percent respectively, with 42 percent saying they hold moderate views.

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