Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler now has a slight edge against the rest of the Republican field of candidates vying to challenge Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2014.

According to a new Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, Gessler is within a 6-percentage-point margin among registered voters with 40 percent support compared with Hickenlooper, with 46 percent.

Gessler's closest Republican rival, former Rep. Tom Tancredo, is down nine percentage points to Hickenlooper, 39 percent to 48 percent.

"We have communicated a clear vision and a common-sense conservative message," Gessler said in a statement to the Washington Examiner in response to the polling results. "That is why leaders all across Colorado, including scores of county commissioners, legislators, mayors and business leaders are supporting our campaign. Voters value the leadership, share the vision and understand that we have what it takes to defeat an incumbent governor."

State Sen. Greg Brophy was at 37 percent to 47 percent against Hickenlooper, and state Sen. Mike Kopp came in at 38 percent to 47 percent.

Hickenlooper continues to lead all four Republican candidates, however, and he now enjoys approval from 52 percent of voters polled — a new high.

However, only 45 percent of voters polled said Hickenlooper deserved re-election, with 45 percent saying he doesn't and 9 percent undecided.

The Jan. 29 to Feb. 2 poll of 1,139 registered voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.