President Obama isn't the only one tanking in the polls. While a new CBS poll out today does show Obama dipping to an all-time low 37 percent approval rating, state polling out of Colorado and Michigan shows the damage is spreading to Democrats down ballot as well.
In Michigan, a new Lambert, Edwards & Associates and Denno Research poll shows Democrat Rep. Gary Peters holding a narrow one-point advantage over Republican former two-term Michigan secretary of state Terri Lynn Land. Just last month, and Inside Michigan Politics poll showed Peters up by 5. Democrats have controlled both U.S. Senate seats for 14 years.
The results are even more dramatic in Colorado, where Sen. Mark Udall was up on Republican District Attorney Ken Buck by 15 points just last month. Now, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows Udall up by just 3. And voters tell Quinnipiac, by a 47 to 41 percent margin, that Udall does not deserve reelection.
Republicans need to pick up just 6 seats to take control of the Senate in 2014. They already have strong leads in the currently Democratic-held states of Montana, South Dakota, and West Virginia.
Before the Obamacare debacle, Republicans were looking to pick up the other three seats by focussing on four incumbent Democrats in states won by Mitt Romney: Mark Begich in Alaska, Mark Pryor in Arkansas, Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, and Kay Hagan in North Carolina.
But now that the nation is turning strongly against Obama and the Democrats, Republicans are expanding the map, and are now looking at possible pick ups in Michigan, Oregon, New Hampshire, and maybe even Colorado.
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