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Support for Scott McInnis Eroding Among Republicans Due to Plagiarism Story

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Former Republican Rep. Scott McInnis is losing support among fellow Republicans in the race for Colorado governor in the wake of stories that he had plagiarized a series of policy papers he had been paid to do by the foundation of a prominent GOP family, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted July 15 for the Denver Post.

Twenty percent of registered Republicans who had backed McInnis before the reports of plagiarism said they would now back another candidate, while 39 percent said they would continue to support him.

Given a list of potential and actual candidates who could be the party's nominee, 64 percent of Republicans chose someone other than McInnis.

Twenty-nine percent chose former Rep. Tom Tancredo, who made a name as a fierce opponent of illegal immigration, as the candidate who would be the strongest Republican, followed by McInnis at 19 percent, businessman Dan Maes (who is McInnis' announced primary opponent) at 13 percent and former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton at 11 percent. Norton is running for the GOP Senate nomination but her onetime frontrunner status is being challenged by Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, a Tea Party favorite.

Tancredo told the Post that he doesn't believe McInnis or Maes can win and said, "If I can do it, believe me I will."

As far as the general election contest, a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted July 15 had Democrat John Hickenlooper, Denver's mayor, moving ahead of McInnis for the first time since February. In four previous Rasmussen polls, McInnis had held leads of 5 or 6 points, but Hickenlooper now leads 45 percent to 43 percent with 7 percent preferring some other candidate and 5 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4 points.

Sixty-five percent of voters say they have followed the plagiarism story very or somewhat closely and 64 percent say it will be very or somewhat important to their decision on how to vote (35 percent said it would be "very" important).

Fifty-nine percent of Republicans in the Rasmussen survey said the issue would be very or somewhat important with 20 percent calling it "very" important.

Voters split on whether McInnis should quit the race with 36 percent saying he should not, 35 percent saying he should and 29 percent undecided.

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Considering Bob McDonnell won his bid for governor in spite of the questionable views expressed in his thesis, who would've thought plagiarism would cause one to fall out of favor with Republican voters?

July 18 2010 at 2:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

It doesn't really matter who the Republicans end up with in this election, Hickenlooper (the Democratic candidate) will easily win the general election. (Thank God!!)

July 17 2010 at 5:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

i want to read an article titled "Reagan-ized american schools, the dumbing down of america, and its affect on voting patterns. This is a country where someone can run for president with no political knowledge of anything. just a slogan. "mama grizzlies"....thats it....were gonna grow fur and eat salmon in the oval office...that'll help.

July 17 2010 at 3:03 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Tensions are running high in the upcoming elections and will continue to do so through 2012. Voters went the wrong way in '08. They were duped and they do not want it to happen again. Candidates running now and future better have their ducks in a row because the voters are looking deeper into the quality of the person. No more 'words only.' Misleading words spoken and written are serious enough, but add misbehaviors in personal conduct and the sum of the candidate fails. Candidates beware. You are under our microscopes now.

July 17 2010 at 10:43 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker can tell its election time. Congress is conducting ethics violations and here in Colorado. Nodoby cares about ethics at any other time it seems but when the sharks are in the water before elections the pot gets stirred. Drain the swamp, no incumbents.

July 17 2010 at 10:19 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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But some incumbents are okay and should be left in place. Drain the swamp only of the reptiles. Keep the solid congressmen/women in place,those who adhere to our wishes and keep themselves out of the dirt. We will need them for base and support.

July 17 2010 at 1:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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