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  1. Jane Meagher makes last-minute campaign calls at the Republican headquarters and Romney field office in Longmont, Colo., at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday - 90 minutes before the polls closed in Colorado.
A Coloradan and Mitt Romney supporter, Jane Meagher volunteered for the Romney campaign until the last minutes of the 2012 election amidst uncertainty over the state’s outcome.
"I’m really not sure how Colorado will go," Meagher said at the Longmont Republicans headquarters Tuesday around 6:00 p.m., four hours before AP would project that Colorado’s majority supported Barack Obama.
"All you can do is just hope that it’s going to go our way."
Meagher attested to being one of the millions that crossed their 2008 party decision and voted for Romney.
"I have to tell you, I voted for Obama last time. I lived in Chicago, there was such a groundswell for Obama in Chicago. I believed in the hope and change."
The Longmont resident had never volunteered for a campaign before September, when she began talking to people about Romney and switching allegiance.
"I think that helped me, knocking on doors, to be able to say, ‘I voted for Obama last time.’ I don’t want to say that too loudly in here," she said in the snug headquarters. "I think people maybe trusted me that it’s not all in one camp always. I could say ‘I understand your indecision, because I was once an Obama fan.’"

    Jane Meagher makes last-minute campaign calls at the Republican headquarters and Romney field office in Longmont, Colo., at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday - 90 minutes before the polls closed in Colorado.

    A Coloradan and Mitt Romney supporter, Jane Meagher volunteered for the Romney campaign until the last minutes of the 2012 election amidst uncertainty over the state’s outcome.

    "I’m really not sure how Colorado will go," Meagher said at the Longmont Republicans headquarters Tuesday around 6:00 p.m., four hours before AP would project that Colorado’s majority supported Barack Obama.

    "All you can do is just hope that it’s going to go our way."

    Meagher attested to being one of the millions that crossed their 2008 party decision and voted for Romney.

    "I have to tell you, I voted for Obama last time. I lived in Chicago, there was such a groundswell for Obama in Chicago. I believed in the hope and change."

    The Longmont resident had never volunteered for a campaign before September, when she began talking to people about Romney and switching allegiance.

    "I think that helped me, knocking on doors, to be able to say, ‘I voted for Obama last time.’ I don’t want to say that too loudly in here," she said in the snug headquarters. "I think people maybe trusted me that it’s not all in one camp always. I could say ‘I understand your indecision, because I was once an Obama fan.’"

  2. A Boulder resident leaves New Vista High School after being one of the first to cast her ballot on Election Day in Colorado.
Although Democrats made a slight comeback over the weekend, Republicans led in Colorado early voting, when 1.7 million Coloradans cast their ballots.
As voters take to the polls on Election Day, the presidential race remains up in the air: Early votes put the two parties within 2 points of each other, a reflection of the razor-thin polling margins in Colorado.

    A Boulder resident leaves New Vista High School after being one of the first to cast her ballot on Election Day in Colorado.

    Although Democrats made a slight comeback over the weekend, Republicans led in Colorado early voting, when 1.7 million Coloradans cast their ballots.

    As voters take to the polls on Election Day, the presidential race remains up in the air: Early votes put the two parties within 2 points of each other, a reflection of the razor-thin polling margins in Colorado.

  3. Cindi Scott (right), an election support judge in Boulder, Colo., reels out tape to measure the distance from the door of Grace Lutheran Church to where Shana Parker (left) is passing out voter guides and advocating for Obama.
In Colorado, it is illegal for electioneering, such as Parker’s, to happen within 100 feet of the entrance to a polling station. Parker was forced to move across the street after it was found that she was about 4 ft. too close. She was not upset.
"I’m glad that they’re upholding the law," Parker said. "That’s what we need to be doing all over the country."

    Cindi Scott (right), an election support judge in Boulder, Colo., reels out tape to measure the distance from the door of Grace Lutheran Church to where Shana Parker (left) is passing out voter guides and advocating for Obama.

    In Colorado, it is illegal for electioneering, such as Parker’s, to happen within 100 feet of the entrance to a polling station. Parker was forced to move across the street after it was found that she was about 4 ft. too close. She was not upset.

    "I’m glad that they’re upholding the law," Parker said. "That’s what we need to be doing all over the country."

  4. Tim Hoover at The Denver Post reports that multiple investigations are underway to investigate swing state Colorado’s chief elections administrator, Republican Scott Gessler.

    Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey’s office confirmed Monday it had launched a criminal investigation of Secretary of State Scott Gessler on the same afternoon the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission voted to begin an investigation into whether Gessler violated the law by using state funds to attend a partisan event.

    Although the allegations against Gessler illustrate mounting pressure on the secretary of state from Democratic groups and leaders, the investigations are unlikely to interfere with the presidential election in Colorado.

  5. Abigael, 4, started crying after listening to NPR news on the radio with her mother on the way to the grocery store.

    "I’m tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney," Abigael said when her mother, a resident of Fort Collins, Colorado, asked her why she was crying.

    The video, widely circulated on social media sites Wednesday, is representative of the sentiment many in swing state Colorado have reached. 

    Wednesday afternoon, NPR’s Mark Memmott wrote:

    On behalf of NPR and all other news outlets, we apologize to Abigael and all the many others who probably feel like her. We must confess, the campaign’s gone on long enough for us, too. Let’s just keep telling ourselves: “Only a few more days, only a few more days, only a few more days.”

  6. Surrogates are swarming Colorado, a phenomenon that the state has only begun to experience since becoming a battleground state in recent elections. Colorado’s nine electoral college votes may be decided where one of these appearances occur.

    For more information on Rep. Jared Polis and Craig Romney’s visits on Monday, see CU Independent's multimedia article.

  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.

    Washington Post »

  8. Allison Sherry reports that action-seeking political enthusiasts, conservatives from Utah in particular, are volunteering across the state of Colorado to make their voices heard in the presidential election.

    The Denver Post »

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