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Udall’s effort to woo women voters lagging--and so is his campaign

Senatior Mark Udall of Colorado stumps before the appearance of first Lady Michelle Obama at his Senate reelection campaign rally in Denver Oct. 23, 2014. Obama visited Denver in hopes of turning a difficult senate race in Udall's favor.
Senatior Mark Udall of Colorado stumps before the appearance of first Lady Michelle Obama at his Senate reelection campaign rally in Denver Oct. 23, 2014. Obama visited Denver in hopes of turning a difficult senate race in Udall's favor. McClatchy

Colorado Sen. Mark Udall has pushed hard to woo women voters, but a new Quinnipiac poll released Friday showed he’s only up 4 among women--and behind 5 overall to Republican Cory Gardner.

Udall, a Democrat seeking a second term, is counting heavily on support from women. He stresses his backing of equal pay, abortion rights and other issues likley to have appeal. But the survey showed he gets 45 percent of their backing, compared to Gardner’s 41 percent. Gardner is up 51-38 percent among men.

Part of Udall’s trouble is that nearly half the voters don’t view him favorably. He’s viewed unfavorably by 42 percent of women. Gardner has portrayed the senator as a virtual clone of President Barack Obama, whose approval numbers in this state have fallen.

Udall, speaking to supporters in Broomfield Thursday night, touted the Democratic ground game, and said the field operation is superior to Republicans. Don’t believe the polls, he said, because Democrats are better at turning out voters.

The poll, though, shows he has an uphill fight. Ninety-two percent of voters said their mind was made up.

"The needle is barely moving,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

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