Presidential, Senate Polls

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New polls out Tuesday show President Bush has a modest lead over Democrat John Kerry in Colorado.

The poll shows 51 percent of respondents support Bush and 45 percent back Kerry, with a margin of error of 4 percentage points. A similar poll conducted two weeks ago put the two candidates in
a dead heat.

Colorado is considered a swing state this year, even though a Democrat has won the state only twice in the past 50 years -- the
last being Bill Clinton in 1992.

The poll was conducted by Gallup for USA Today and CNN, surveying 666 likely voters on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

U.S. Senate Race

Republican Pete Coors has pulled into a virtual tie with Democrat Ken Salazar in the closely watched race for Colorado's open U.S. Senate seat---according to a new poll.

The USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll found that 49 percent of likely voters surveyed supported Salazar, while 48 percent backed Coors. Three percent had no opinion or chose "other."

The poll of 666 people conducted Friday through Sunday had a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points. A similar poll by Gallup taken October 3rd through 6th gave Salazar a bigger edge: 54 percent to 43 percent.

Coors and Salazar are vying for the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. The race is the most expensive in Colorado history. The Coors-Salazar contest has also drawn national attention as Republicans try to expand their majority in the Senate.

President Bush made a two-day swing through Colorado last week, during which he headlined a fund-raiser that raised $500,000 for Coors. Salazar is scheduled to appear in public with Democratic
presidential nominee John Kerry for the first time on Saturday, during a rally in Pueblo.