The Coloradoan has results from the first poll made public in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District race, which pits Democratic Rep. Betsy Markey, a first-term incumbent, against Cory Gardner, a Republican:
Republican Cory Gardner has an 11-point lead over Democratic incumbent Betsy Markey as the fall congressional campaign gets underway, a new poll by a GOP-affiliated group shows.
Gardner, a state representative from Yuma, leads Markey 50-39 percent, according to a poll of 400 likely 4th Congressional District voters conducted Aug. 23-26 and 28 for the American Action Forum, which is headed by former Minnesota Republican Sen. Norm Coleman. Margin of error for the survey is listed at plus or minus 4.9 percentage points. [...]
According to the poll, only 35 percent of voters believe Markey deserves reelection after just one term in the House, with 56 percent saying it was “time for someone else.” More than two-thirds of respondents felt the country is on the wrong track. As with many other polls conducted in Colorado, 52 percent of those polled said the issue of economy and jobs remained the most important for them.
The Coloradoan notes that the poll undersamples Republicans in the district and also included only a head-to-head matchup between Markey and Gardner, not including the other two candidates in the race.
**Update–Gardner’s campaign responded to the poll results in a press release:
“Being a rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama’s failed economic policies and healthcare takeover has taken a heavy toll on Betsy Markey.”