| Marist (PDF) for McClatchy Newspapers (9/26-28, likely voters, no trendlines):
Michael Bennet (D-inc): 42
Ken Buck (R): 50
John Hickenlooper (D): 48
Dan Maes (R): 19
Tom Tancredo (ACP): 29
These McClatchy polls are part of a package which generally show sucky numbers for Dems. (We'll bring you the PA & WI portions separately.) The enthusiasm gap is palpable. Among registered voters, Bennet noses Buck, 41-40. The same pattern holds true in the gubernatorial race, which is a 48-15-25 contest among RVs. That is to say, Republicans do about ten points better among LVs.
We're breaking Colorado out from the rest of the McClatchy pile because another pollster also has fresh nums from the Rockies.
SurveyUSA (CO-Sen, CO-Gov) for the Denver Post/9News (9/28-30, likely voters, 7/27-29 (RVs) in parens):
Michael Bennet (D-inc): 43 (43)
Ken Buck (R): 48 (43)
Undecided: 1 (7)
John Hickenlooper (D): 46 (46)
Dan Maes (R): 15 (24)
Tom Tancredo (ACP): 34 (24)
Undecided: 2 (7)
More sucky numbers for Bennet. Since we only have Denver Post links, we don't have access to the full cross-tabs yet. But the Post indicates that SUSA is still SUSA, noting: "Voters younger than 50 strongly prefer Buck, at 52 percent to 38 percent, while over-50 voters have a slight preference for Bennet."
SurveyUSA also shows that Tom Tancredo's strategy of trying to marginalize Dan Maes as unelectable may be paying dividends. The problem for the Tanc, though, is that it's pretty darn hard to drive a guy down past Alan
Gold Schlesinger levels if he's got a major party label next to his name and says he won't drop out. Maes has been... well, I guess you could call it tenacious if you were feeling just-won-the-lottery generous and doesn't look like a guy read to call it quits. (He even allegedly has a TV ad. Then again, supposedly Stacey Tallitsch did, too.)
There's still time for Maes to bail, though, and if Tancredo absorbed the vast majority of those votes, Hickenlooper would have a serious race on his hands. An irony, then: Michael Bennet probably wishes he had more time, but for Hick, November can't come soon enough.
P.S. Tom Jensen teases: "We polled CO Gov, CO Sen, CT Sen, CT Gov, Both NY-Sen, and NY-Gov this weekend. Only 1 of them in single digits."