Sen. Bennet battles for ballot

Colorado Democrats kick off their state convention today and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) is working to ensure a place on the ballot against his primary challenger, former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D).

Bennet needs to exceed 30 percent of delegates' votes to make it to the ballot, but he's been collecting signatures as an alternative way to get on the ballot.

Romanoff holds a significant lead among the party faithful, who attended county assemblies and local caucuses this year and gave him about 57 percent of more than 4,000 statewide delegates, according to the Denver Post.

It's worth noting Romanoff has a loyal party following after years in Democratic politics, while Bennet was appointed to the seat 16 months ago.

Delegates vote Saturday and their top pick gets the Number One ballot spot heading into the August 10 primary. Both candidates will address the convention.

Bennet did get some good news Wednesday: the latest Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey showed him leading likely GOP nominee Jane Norton 44-41.

PPP's Tom Jensen notes: "They were tied in a March PPP poll of the race, and this is the largest lead Bennet has posted in any public polling to date."