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Obama, Palin to visit Colorado

David Montero
Rocky Mountain News
Aspen, CO Colorado

Barack Obama is coming back to Colorado on Monday ” his first return to the state since accepting his party’s nomination for president Aug. 28 at Invesco Field at Mile High, the campaign announced Friday.

Obama could cross paths with Sarah Palin, the Republican nominee for vice president, who sources said will be in Colorado early next week as well.

Details about Obama’s visit haven’t been released nor have any specifics about Palin’s stop in the state.

Palin appeared with John McCain in Colorado Springs on Sept. 6 ” a post-Republican National Convention stop where the pair drew more than 10,000 people at a rally.

Both campaigns have committed hard to Colorado, with a heavy rotation of television advertising and a series of office openings throughout the state. In fact, the Obama campaign has reached a total of 16 offices in Colorado, with another one to open in Five Points on Friday.

The McCain campaign currently has nine offices open.

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The flurry of activity is centered on Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico because they are at the heart of the battle for Western states, with a cumulative total of 18 Electoral College votes.

McCain has been to Colorado more than Obama, however.

Since May, Obama has visited the state three times ” the biggest appearance being his speech in front of 80,000 people on the final night of the Democratic National Convention. His running mate, Joe Biden, has been to the state once ” the week he joined Obama for the convention.

McCain has been to Colorado nine times since May ” with four of those trips coming in July alone.

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