President Obama has a small lead in Colorado, according to a new poll from CNN released Thursday. Just between the two major candidates, President Obama sees 50 percent and Republican candidate Mitt Romney gets 48 percent. But when pollsters included Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in the mix, the score moved to Obama 48 percent, Romney 47 percent with Johnson pulling 4 percent of support. From CNN:
"But the key may be the split between the Denver area and the rest of Colorado, with the suburbs throughout the state likely to determine the winner," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
According to the survey, Obama beats Romney by nearly two to one in the two big urban Democratic strongholds of Denver and Boulder. In the Denver suburbs (Adams, Arapahoe, Jefferson and Broomfield counties), Obama's support drops but he still holds a 53%-45% margin over Romney.
"But the GOP challenger appears to do better in many Front Range suburbs around cities like Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. Combine those Front Range communities with the rural east and west and Romney has a 55%-43% lead once you get beyond the greater Denver area," said Holland.
The CNN poll used 733 live telephone interviews with likely voters via landline and cell-phone, conducted Oct. 26-31. It has a sampling error of 3.5 percent.