The latest from Rasmussen Reports shows Romney opening some daylight in the Centennial State, leading by 4-points 50 to 46. Romney leads by 8 with Independents:
Mitt Romney has now reached the 50% mark for the first time in Colorado and leads President Obama by four in the critical swing state. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Colorado Voters finds Romney with 50% support to Obama’s 46%. Two percent (2%) like some other candidate, and one percent (1%) remains undecided. Still, Colorado remains a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Electoral College Projections. But Colorado is the fourth swing state that has moved in Romney’s direction in the past week. Florida, Missouri and North Carolina have now shifted from Toss-Up to Leans Romney.
Two weeks ago, the candidates were basically tied in Colorado, with the president edging his Republican challenger 49% to 48%. In mid-September, it was Romney 47%, Obama 45%. The candidates were tied in the two surveys prior to that. Obama defeated Republican John McCain 54% to 45% in Colorado in the 2008 election. Ninety-six percent (96%) of Colorado likely voters say they are certain to vote in this election, and Romney leads 51% to 47% in this group. This overall total includes those who have already voted since Colorado allows early voting. It’s Romney 50%, Obama 49% among early voters. However, just 62% of all likely voters in the state say they have already decided whom they will vote for. Romney’s ahead 56% to 41% among these voters. The president leads 54% to 41% among the 38% who say they still could change their minds before they vote.