The campaign for Democrat Andrew Romanoff likes to say that he is the leading candidate for U.S. Senate according to independent polling results.
Except that he isn’t.
In mid-December, the Romanoff campaign sent out an email to supporters claiming that he was the favored candidate in a Rasmussen Reports poll from September. He was not.
Today, in an email from new Campaign Manager Bill Romjue, Romanoff’s campaign again claims that he outpolls Bennet in the most recent Rasmussen Reports poll. But he doesn’t. Check out this sample of the email sent today (full email appears after the jump):
Andrew Romanoff outperforms his primary opponent among voters of every political party, every age group, and every other demographic category. (Rasmussen Reports, Dec. 8, 2009) Andrew has consistently earned the highest ratings since entering the race. [Pols emphasis] (Rasmussen, Sept. 15, 2009)
Not only has Romanoff not “consistently earned the highest ratings since entering the race,” we don’t know of any public poll showing that Romanoff leads anybody. That’s nothing to worry about, because it’s still early in the race, but it’s not okay to just lie about stuff that is easily verifiable.
Neither the December 8 Rasmussen Poll nor the September 15 Rasmussen poll show Romanoff leading Bennet. In both polls, Bennet outperforms Romanoff by a small margin against potential matchups with Republicans Jane Norton and Tom Wiens. Bennet doesn’t outperform Romanoff by much — and that is certainly a message they could exploit — but it just simply isn’t true to continue to say that Romanoff polls better than Bennet.
We’ve not been shy in expressing our confusion over the apparent lack of direction and message coming from the Romanoff camp (nor are we the only ones confused), but this is a different story altogether. Romanoff’s campaign has now sent two separate emails in the same month touting false information that anyone with an Internet connection can easily check themselves. It’s one thing to try to spin the results of a poll, but it’s another entirely to just flat-out lie, repeatedly, and expect that nobody will notice.
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That’s the clear conclusion of two recent polls on the Colorado Senate race. (The surveys were not commissioned by any of the candidates.) Voters would prefer a new senator by a margin of more than two to one. (Public Opinion Strategies, Dec. 12-15, 2009)
Andrew Romanoff outperforms his primary opponent among voters of every political party, every age group, and every other demographic category. (Rasmussen Reports, Dec. 8, 2009) Andrew has consistently earned the highest ratings since entering the race. (Rasmussen, Sept. 15, 2009)
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Andrew is not only the most popular Democrat in the race; he’s also the most qualified. No one has done more to turn our state around. From winning the largest Democratic majority in nearly 50 years to tackling Colorado’s fiscal crisis, Andrew Romanoff has demonstrated enormous courage, vision and leadership. Those are exactly the qualities we need in Washington today.
Someone has to stand up to the special-interest groups that run the Senate–and the members of both parties who let them.
Andrew Romanoff will.
In fact, he already has. Andrew is the only candidate in this race to turn down contributions from corporate political action committees–the cash that so many big insurance companies, drugmakers and financial firms use to subsidize Congress and stifle reform.
Andrew Romanoff is leading by example. That’s the only way real change ever comes.
Washington needs a wake-up call. It’s time for us to deliver one.
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