Bernie Sanders at the top of the Democratic ticket could put a strain on down-ticket candidates in tight districts in November, according to an internal Mike Bloomberg campaign memo obtained by Colorado Politics.
The memo is to "front-line" supporters in the state.
It's hard to say, yet, whether Colorado has any such Democratic districts. While others seem safe, first-term Democrat Jason Crow in Congressional District 6 faces one of three Republicans: Steve House, Ryan Gonzalez and Casper Stockham, as well as Democratic challenger Jaimie Kulikowski.
Bloomberg surrogates are being armed with internal polling that suggests if Bernie Sanders is the nominee he could jeopardize the Democratic majority in the U.S. House.
Nearly half (47%) of all voters across battleground districts say that “the increased role of socialist ideas in the Democratic Party” is a bad thing. Only 19% told pollsters it was an asset, and 24% indicated in made no difference.
Bloomberg's campaign confirmed the authenticity of memo Tuesday but declined to comment further.
A Colorado spokesman for the Sanders campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Veteran Colorado independent pollster Floyd Ciruli wrote on his website last week that Sanders could create problems for John Hickenlooper, if the former governor is the nominee to take on Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner in November.
"If Hickenlooper survives the primary because a majority of the party still wants to win in November, he may then have to run with the most vulnerable Democratic nominee since George McGovern in 1972, who only carried Massachusetts and D.C. (even Vermont voted for Nixon)," Ciruli wrote.
"Candidate Trump will assail him as an extremist. Cory Gardner will be the major beneficiary as moderate Republicans stay with the President and moderate Democrats abandon the ticket."