Emerson: Sanders, Biden, Warren Battle, Hick Crushes Cory

The Denver Post’s Nic Garcia reports on a new poll from Emerson College showing a tight three-way race for Colorado’s Democratic presidential nod:

Among the Democratic candidates, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who won Colorado’s 2016 caucus, leads with 26% support, according to the Emerson College poll released Tuesday. Former Vice President Joe Biden comes in a very close second with 25%, and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is third with 20%. The margin of error is 4.8%.

Colorado’s own U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet — who has suggested Sanders and his more progressive ideas couldn’t win in Colorado — received just 1% support in the poll.

Comparing these in-state numbers to a nationwide April poll also conducted by Emerson, we see that Joe Biden’s support has remained static at 24-25% while frontrunner Bernie Sanders has sagged three points. The bulk of the momentum between these polls appears to be solid growth of support for Elizabeth Warren, who shot up from 7% nationally in April to third place behind Biden and Sanders with 20% today in Colorado.

This new survey also corroborates a related data point in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race:

The survey also found former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper leading U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, the Yuma Republican up for re-election, 53-40 in a hypothetical match. Hickenlooper, who dropped his bid for president last week, has yet to announce whether he’ll mount a Senate bid.

It’s interesting to us, but not unexpected, that in a survey showing such strength for two progressive candidates, Sanders and Warren, also shows former Gov. John Hickenlooper with a powerful advantage over incumbent GOP Sen. Cory Gardner. Hickenlooper’s ill-fated presidential campaign was heavily focused on attacking Sanders and “socialism,” after all, and this poll shows Sen. Michael Bennet’s presidential campaign with little traction even here in his home state. This could be an indicator that Colorado Democrats are more lucid of the different dynamics governing the national versus our local political landscape than they’re given credit for.

One thing’s for sure: as a Super Tuesday state, we won’t be hurting for polls to show the trends as they firm up.


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  1. bullshit!bullshit! says:

    Warren. She needs to be President.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Now if Bernie would just drop out and endorse her, she wins the primary – easily. Whatever happened to the time honored tradition of democratic centralism?

      • Curmudgeon says:

        It evaporated when people within the Democratic party started calling those they disagree with "Left Wing Nut Jobs" for talking about actual progressive ideas.  

        • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

          I think you prolly win the interwebz today, Curmy.

          • Curmudgeon says:

            Thanks! Though it looks as though the resident DINOsaurs are already braying their disapproval. 

            I suppose evolution isn't for everyone.  

            • VoyageurVoyageur says:

              Tee hee.  It looks like somebody never heard of the Russian Revolution.

              • Curmudgeon says:

                Drinking, this early?

                Well, it's not like you have anything else to do…

                • VoyageurVoyageur says:

                  You might google "democratic centralism" when you get a break from those onorous food service duties.  Hint: Vladimir Lenin was not one of the Beatles. smiley

                  • Curmudgeon says:

                    Do you have any references later than 1970?  

                    I know what it means.  Most people picked up what I was puttin' down. 

                    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

                      You did NOT know what it meant.  If you had, you would not have implied it was a good thing.  You know what it means now because I called you on it.

                       "Democratic Centralism" was a typical example of what Eric Blair called Doublespeak in his 1984 novel, written under the name of George Orwell.

                      Just admit you made a mistake and move on.  Pretending that you knew a term that you obviously didn't only makes you look dishonest.

                    • Curmudgeon says:

                      You really think someone has to spend their lives with their fat asses spot-welded to an office chair in order to read?  

                      You and your fellow DINOsaurs constant references to Lenin and Stalin, as spurious as they are, don't go unnoticed.  

                      Not everyone has alcohol-induced memory loss. 

                    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

                      So, you're sticking with the lie?  Bad choice, Curmy.

                      But not a surprising one.

                      I expect it from a third period twit like you.

                      That's the end of this exchange.  If it continues, you will first "out" me, then start detailing your S and M fantasies.

                    • Curmudgeon says:

                      Yeah, I figured you go for the vicarious naughtiness again.  You outed yourself, Bob. You, and your XXXXXL ego.   And now, this is the only way anyone pays attention to your sorry, bloated ass.

                      But unlike your former employers, I don't have to pay to avoid having to deal with you.  Though I'm sure it was money well spent.  

                    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

                      Obviously not as well spent as the money you paid to your six dominatrixes.

                    • Curmudgeon says:

                      I suppose, if you consider making friends dinner while they sit on the couch, knitting and drinking wine with my wife while watching Game of Thrones to be "payment"…

                      ( I'm sorry, MJ, but I had to make it clear; my friends are people. )  

                      And my real life is better than any sticky, sweaty, indescribably creepy fantasy ol' Bob can come up with. 

                    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

                      Right.  You met those six dominatrixes in your bowling league.  It's all innocent.   And your wife is so proud.  

                      Tee hee

                    • Curmudgeon says:

                      You really are unable to see people as anything different than what's in your hilariously repressed id, aren't you?   


                      You’re just gross, Bob.

                    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

                      Oh, I see you for what you are, Curmy.  That high-school honed mind knows its way around krafft-ebbing!

                    • Curmudgeon says:

                      Oh, no! More fancy-pants book learnin' that your Daddy paid for, that anyone can access now, thanks to Google. 

                      Progress is a wonderful thing, isn't it?  Just ask the dinosaurs.  

                    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

                      Actually, I had a scholarship to CU, and worked at numerous jobs to pay living expense.  But my dad did help a lot.  Yours obviously was ashamed of you for failing the college admissions tests.  Is that why you hate successful people so much, loser boy?

                      Six dominatrix, hired by a freak,

                      Whaling on Curmy each day of the week…

                    • kwtreemamajama55 says:

                      I give up. For the last time, the point isn’t to defend you, or your friends, or your beliefs. Your DINOsaurs crack was a bit harsh, but not worthy of a full on flame war.  V knows or cares nothing about your friends, and neither do we. The point is cruelty, as Psuedo said. It’s the same ethos as Trump’s. V and Trump have that in common. 

                      learn to just say, “Yeah that’s bait.” Then don’t respond, don’t escalate, don’t defend, don’t feed it. . Trust- nobody cares about your personal life. 

                      V might pull back if someone he respects, like cook or Michael, asked him to, or if Pols smacks you guys down again. But probably not. We Pols readers will just have to endure your nonsense for however many more posts it takes to vent your respective spleens.

                  • Curmudgeon says:

                    Who's we, Bob?  Speaking of laughter, and these friends of mine you're obsessed with…

                    A few of those women have seen your pics…there's definitely some laughter there… one of them even envies your half-a-herd-died-for-it corset-er, vest.  She wants to use it as a cover for her Mini Cooper. 

                    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

                      You're lying again, Curmy, though no one cares.  I do have some sweater vests but they ain't leather. 

                      I take it you work as a waiter or some other menial job at the downtown marriot.  Yes, I was an honored guest at the Judicial excellence dinner for quite a few years.  Most of those folks are in the legal community and the only way you would have been there would have been waiting on tables.


                    • Curmudgeon says:

                      Are you saying no one can prove you were wearing a leather vest, Bob?  Is that what you're saying? Like no one could prove you were Voyageur?    

                      Do you really think I'd say that if I couldn't back it up?  Something so specific?   


                    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

                      I'm saying this is your creepiest post yet.  You pay sex workers to beat and humiliate you while you turn yourself on by looking at pictures of me in leather?  Wow! Go ahead, post your "proof" Curmy.  And you are once again deliberately violating the Outing rule. You’ll be banned for at least a year, a blessing to the non-perverts on this board.

                      I don't think I ever had  a gay masochist leather fetishist stalker before.  And I don't like it.

                      You need help.


                    • Curmudgeon says:

                      Goodness, your fantasies are so…lurid, aren’t they?

                      Feel better?  

                      Newsflash, Bobby – 

                      It's not outing you to the people on this little board that's a concern, Bob.  Everyone here already knows all about you.  

                      Gonna be interesting reading in other circles, though…

                      Tee – Fucking – Hee.


                    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

                      Of course, there is the little matter that you just outed yourself.  You're a photographer. Probably the one hired by the Colorado Judicial Institute to record our annual judicial excellence awards ten years ago?

                      Who else would have photos of me at that dinner on file.

                      Go ahead, post your photo.  Your employer will be very happy to learn that you are sexually harassing people with photos that feed your  leather fetish.

                      Even by your standards, that was a stupid, stupid thing to do.  That high school honed mind at work. 

                      And you will be banned here because you explicitly break the outing rule.  Read it, stupid one.  

                      Six dominatrix hired by a freak,

                      Whaling on Curmy each day of the week.

                      But though they whip him with tawse

                      and feather

                      He only gets off on guys in leather.

                    • Curmudgeon says:

                      Implying someone is gay as an insult? Is that any way for a journalist-in-residence to talk? I guess time really is a flat circle, and events repeat themselves, like it or not.

                      Wrong again, Bobby.

                      You know, a good lawyer knows to never ask a question without knowing the answer first.   


              • kwtreemamajama55 says:

                Substance, gentlemen, substance. Nobody wants to scroll through endless pages of your personal feud. V will attack, needle, jab, insult, humiliate, nitpick, mock, and quote dead Russkies,…it’s what he does. Nobody knows why. Nobody cares.

                stick to being enlightening, entertaining, or both.

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        It may not apply to persons who aren’t democrats? . . . 

        . . . Oh, and also what Curmudgeon said..

        • VoyageurVoyageur says:

          Methinks, R&R , that Curmy and company don't know what Democratic centralism means.  Coined by Lenin, it means the leadership adopts a policy and the rank and file follow it slavishly.

          T'was a bit of irony in R&R's comment.  Curmy don't do no steenking irony.smiley

      • marklane1351 says:

        Do the good people at Emerson know that independents are allowed to vote in the primary this time? 

  2. harrydobyharrydoby says:

    I found this really interesting too

    In a broader survey of 1,000 registered voters, Sanders, Biden, Warren and Pete Buttigieg, the Indiana mayor, would beat Trump by at least 7 percentage points. U.S. Kamala Harris leads by 3 points, which is within the poll’s margin of error.

    So even though Democratic primary voters only gave Buttigieg 5% and Harris 13%, there is a consensus that the top 5 would be a much better choice than Trump.

  3. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Is the primary next week? I have not received my ballot.

  4. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    Given that the DNC has ordained a 15% "viability threshold" for delegates, anyone know what the rule is going to be if those above 15% only get 50-70% of the vote?  Does Colorado apportion the others among those who reach the threshold?  Do they go as "uncommitted" delegates?

  5. OpenSpace says:

    Reality check – it’s August. More often than not the candidates leading now don’t win the nomination. 

    Would not surprise me if  Buttigieg wins Iowa. 

  6. Powerful PearPowerful Pear says:

    Oooo…. Emerson College, what’s next, the University of Phoenix. Tulsi 2020! The only real Democrat patriot.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Those do seem like they’d be kinda’ a stretch for someone of your advanced years who’s still working on his ABCs . . .

      How about:

      Ttump University? . . . 

      FOX & Frauds (& Pfruits)? . . .

    • unnamed says:

      Hey, she'd be an improvement over spineless Trump.  Who can't even stand up to a weakened NRA on background checks.

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:


      Care to share your mass shooting plans with us? Got your AR-15 "cocked and loaded"? Ready to defend your lord and master?

      C'mon PP, tell us how magnificent your earthly savior is and how America is now Greater than it has ever been. Tell us how prosperous we all are…"loaded with cash"…wasn't it?


    • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

      Emerson College polling has a pretty good rep.

      538.com looked at 85 of their polls, finding they called 75% of races correctly, had only a slight Democratic lean, and an overall "grade" of B+. 

      Are you upset with them because you've never heard of them or because they are providing answers you don't like?

      And you are in a small club backing Gabbard — "real patriot" or not, she's likely to either return to the back bench of the House or become a talking head on a cable channel.

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