John Hickenlooper is one of the strongest candidates Democrats have anywhere in the country this year. Dan Maes is one of the weakest the Republicans have. Put those things together and you have Hickenlooper beginning the general election with a significant advantage.
Hickenlooper leads Maes 50-38. He's getting 88% of the Democratic vote while Maes receives only 74% of the Republican vote and beyond that he has a 52-29 advantage with independents.
When you throw Tom Tancredo into the mix as a third party candidate Hickenlooper's lead becomes even wider. He gets 48% to 23% for Tancredo and 22% for Maes. Maes would still lead Tancredo with Republicans 48-32 but support for Maes from independents would nearly evaporate with Hickenlooper getting 46%, Tancredo 32, and Maes only 13%.
Virtually no candidates across the country this year are hitting a 50% favorability rating but that's where Hickenlooper is with Colorado voters. Only 33% have a negative opinion of him. Maes and Tancredo's numbers are as bad as Hickenlooper's are good. Only 23% of voters see Maes positively to 38% with a negative opinion and Tancredo's even weaker with 27% holding a favorable opinion of him and 50% with an unfavorable one.
There's not much of a path to victory for the GOP in this race right now.
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