(DigitalJournal) A new Colorado poll shows the Democratic Party cannot presume an early coronation of Hillary Clinton to be a sound political strategy, and that the state’s Senate seat is up for grabs.

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., who hails from a dynasty of successful Democrats, remains locked in a tight race with his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out Thursday. Udall leads by a single point which means he and Gardner are in a virtual tie since the poll has a 2.7 margin for error.

Meanwhile, the poll shows Hillary Clinton, when matched against Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, would lose by five points in Colorado 48-43. Republican Chris Christie of New Jersey matched Clinton 42 to 42 in the poll. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee trailed Clinton by a single point 45-44, while former Florida governor Jeb Bush would lose to Clinton 45-40 in the Western swing state if elections were held today.

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