Speed Reads

2014 midterms

Democrats surging late in Colorado races for Senate, governor

Colorado's Senate and gubernatorial contests are coming down to the wire, as a Quinnipiac poll released Monday finds the Democratic candidates bouncing back to make the races extremely competitive.

In the Senate matchup, 45 percent of registered voters back Republican Cory Gardner, while 43 percent support Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall. That's a sharp reversal from late last week, when Quinnipiac found Gardner with a seven-point lead.

In the gubernatorial race, Rep. Bob Beauprez (R) also leads a Democratic incumbent, Gov. John Hickenlooper, by a two-point spread, 45 percent to 43 percent. That's a smaller margin than the five-point lead Beauprez posted in the last survey.

Polls over the past few weeks suggested Gardner was pulling away in the Senate race. FiveThirtyEight gives him a 72 percent chance of winning on Tuesday.