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  1. Two of the 17,000 in attendance cheer as Mitt Romney makes his final appearance in Colorado. Romney spoke primarily on the downfalls of the Obama presidency and his own approach to “real change” at Fiddler’s Green in Englewood, Colo., Saturday evening.

    Two of the 17,000 in attendance cheer as Mitt Romney makes his final appearance in Colorado. Romney spoke primarily on the downfalls of the Obama presidency and his own approach to “real change” at Fiddler’s Green in Englewood, Colo., Saturday evening.

  2. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have made their final 2012 campaign appearances in swing state Colorado.

    Romney drew 17,000 to Fiddler’s Green in Englewood, Colo., Saturday evening and Obama hosted 20,000 at Community College of Aurora late Sunday evening.

    In the last weekend of the campaigns, Romney told Coloradans that he can offer “real change,” which Obama continued to dispute.

    "The question of this election comes down to this – do you want more of the same or do you want real change?" Romney said Saturday night. "President Obama promised change but he could not deliver change. Now I promise change and I have a record of achieving real change."

    Obama retorted Sunday night that Romney’s policies are not new. “You’ve got to give him credit, Gov. Romney is a pretty talented salesman, and in this campaign, he’s tried as hard as he can to repackage the same old bad ideas that didn’t work and offer them up as new ideas, he says they’re change,” Obama said.

    "You know what real change looks like. I’ve got the stars to prove it, I’ve got the grey hair to show it," he said. An audience member yelled, "And it looks good, baby!"

    "I appreciate that," Obama said.

    The candidates remain locked in Colorado polls, though Republicans lead in early voting. Paul Ryan will campaign in Johnstown, Colo., near livestock and agriculture-rich Greeley on Monday. It is expected to be the last candidate visit before the Nov. 6 election.

  3. A Denver Post poll has concluded that nearly 70 percent of Coloradans support legal recognition for gay couples. Released Friday, the poll shows that 36 percent support marriage rights for gay couples and 32 percent support civil unions.
A bill that would allow civil unions in Colorado has been approved by the Democrat-controlled Colorado state Senate for two straight years, but has always died in the Republican-controlled House.
The poll has been released as Republicans lead in early presidential voting in the state of Colorado.
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Yeaaahhhhh #Colorado #pride #itsabouttime

    A Denver Post poll has concluded that nearly 70 percent of Coloradans support legal recognition for gay couples. Released Friday, the poll shows that 36 percent support marriage rights for gay couples and 32 percent support civil unions.

    A bill that would allow civil unions in Colorado has been approved by the Democrat-controlled Colorado state Senate for two straight years, but has always died in the Republican-controlled House.

    The poll has been released as Republicans lead in early presidential voting in the state of Colorado.

    the-adventures-of-captain-falcon:

    Yeaaahhhhh #Colorado #pride #itsabouttime

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  4. Paul Ryan and surrogates for both presidential campaigns have not left the plains of Colorado out of their final visits in the last hours before the election. Although the suburbs of Denver, where the Rocky Mountains are still visible, are the hub of Colorado’s undecided voters, the northeastern farmland part of the state is also getting considerable attention.

    Actress Alexis Bledel and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) stumped for Obama in Greeley on Saturday and Ryan will be back in Greeley on Monday.

    The plains, mainly comprised in Colorado’s 4th congressional district, have swung from being a competitive district to a safe seat for Republican Rep. Cory Gardner after the 2010 Census and redistricting. The cattle country represents a national Republican mood that is distinctly anti-Obama, according to Megan MacColl at Claremont McKenna College

    arthistorygeek:

    The eastern plains of Colorado. Love seeing the patterns that result from farming and from water flow.

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  5. Barack Obama made his 12th campaign stop in Colorado Thursday evening, when he touched down at University of Colorado-Boulder’s Coors Events Center.

    Greeted by 10,000 people — slightly fewer than his first two visits to the university — Obama spoke about continuing his 2008 sentiment of hope and change, which Allison Sherry at The Denver Post calls his "stick with me" message.

    "We’ve gotten done so much and we’ve never lost sight of the vision that we share, that you would have a voice, that there would be someone at the table fighting every day for middle class Americans," Obama said.

    As expected, the Thursday visit will not be the president’s last before the election. His campaign has tentatively announced a trip to the Community College of Aurora on Sunday, in the Denver suburb where the mass movie theater shooting occurred on July 20.

  6. As of Tuesday, 38.4 percent of early ballots cast in Colorado are registered Republican and 35.6 percent are registered Democratic, according to data from the Secretary of State’s office.

    The one-million-strong turnout is coincides with razor-close polls in the state, which continue to call Colorado a virtual toss-up.

    "Republicans are upbeat about the numbers, which they believe indicate a much improved voter turnout operation and an overall enthusiasm advantage," writes Eli Stokols, reporter at Fox 31 Denver. “Democrats, however, are confident that the early numbers merely reflect that Republican voters are more likely to vote early generally.”

  7. Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent at The Washington Post, says that the western state is pivotal for President Obama’s reelection:

    "Colorado is a state he cannot afford to let slip away. Can he win without it? Yes, but as is the case with some other battlegrounds, without those nine votes, his route to victory becomes more difficult." 

    Colorado, a historically conservative state, has seen changes in politics mirroring its recent population growth. It went blue in 2008.

    "This year, it could be remembered as the city where his campaign unraveled," Balz says.

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  8. Barack Obama spoke to a crowd of 16,000 in Denver on  Wednesday afternoon on the importance of early voting to his campaign, especially in swing state Colorado.

    He finished just before a long-awaited rain soaked the city.

    It was the second of eight stops on the president’s 48-hour “America Forward” tour, and was Obama’s twelfth campaign visit to the state of Colorado this year.

    "And this may not be the last time you’ll see me," he said.

  9. Americans for Prosperity Colorado recently posted this video in an attempt to lock in early votes.

    The conservative group has also created a web site that helps Coloradans register for mail-in ballots.

    Now that early voting has begun in Colorado, residents not mailing in their ballots can find voting locations close to them at Just Vote Colorado.

  10. A KDVR/Fox31 analysis has revealed that Republicans’ edge in registered Colorado voters has shrunk from 4.6 to 1.6 percent overall since early September.

    Secretary of State Scott Gessler (R) launched a voter registration campaign in September, which he called “a spectacular success” in Journal Advocate after 79,000 Coloradans registered in the last weeks before the October 9 deadline.

    It would appear, however, that Gessler’s registration campaign backfired on what has often been called an initiative to suppress voters in the state of Colorado.

    More Coloradans are registered to vote this year than at any point in the state’s history: 3.6 million are now eligble to vote in the 2012 election, versus 3.2 million in 2008 and 3.3 million in 2010.

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