McCain and Palin Returning to Colorado - Separately

The latest Colorado Poll released (Denver Post-Mason Dixon) has Sen. Barack Obama leading John McCain by 5 points.

Obama leads McCain 49 percent to 44 percent. Colorado unaffiliated voters, the critical voting bloc making up more than one-third of the state electorate, are backing Obama 57 percent to 32 percent. Four percent of those polled, however, were still undecided.

I noted Friday that the Obamas have made four visits to Colorado in the past week and that Michelle Obama will be here Monday night.

McCain and Palin have added last minute Colorado stops to their itineraries. Palin will be in Colorado Springs Monday while John McCain will be coming to Grand Junction, another Republican stronghold at noon on Election Day.

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    Palin in the Springs? (none / 0) (#1)
    by easilydistracted on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 08:46:27 PM EST
    That visit is puzzling to me, Jeralyn. I would think that the republicans would already have that bastion of military folks locked up.  Wouldn't it make more sense to find a bunch of independents somewhere?  Your thoughts?

    Don't candidates always go where (none / 0) (#8)
    by BrassTacks on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 09:50:12 PM EST
    they are strongest?  They wouldn't visit an area where they wouldn't get a big turnout.  

    But I am surprised that CO is still in play and it must be if both candidates are still campaigning there.  


    Palin and McCain (none / 0) (#12)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 01:00:58 AM EST
    have spent most of their time in Colorado in Republican strongholds, except for a few appearances by McCain in Denver. Obama/Biden, on the other hand, have been appearing in traditionally Republican strongholds as well as Democratic areas. I think Obama has reached for independents all over the state while McCain/Palin has been trying to motivate their base.

    Here's what I wrote in my blog today (none / 0) (#2)
    by rdandrea on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 08:58:57 PM EST
    "A stop in Grand Junction shows you just how much trouble McCain is in. Mesa County is a place in which McCain ought to win by 2 to 1. On a bad day. Yet he has to stop here to shore up his base? Good Lord!"

    Same comment about Palin in Colorado Springs.  The Springs really needs another visit?  The McPalins are toast.

    I'm surprised they're still bothering to show up (none / 0) (#3)
    by TheRealFrank on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 09:19:40 PM EST
    If you look at the early voting numbers, they'll need a miracle to win CO.

    But I suppose they have to go through the motions.


    I'm amazed by the changing politcal (none / 0) (#4)
    by easilydistracted on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 09:22:26 PM EST
    landscape this election.  I lived in Douglas County several years ago and it is stunning to think that the repubs have to make an 11th hour visit to the Springs and shore up its usually dependable base of military folks (active and retired).  Colorado a battleground state.  Who would have thunk it.  I'm jealous I suppose, residing here in Texas where the election...well, need I say more?  

    Wait, (none / 0) (#5)
    by Lil on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 09:35:04 PM EST
    Obama's been hanging in Colorado a lot too. Does that mean something?

    There are many Colorados (none / 0) (#6)
    by rdandrea on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 09:41:49 PM EST
    Mesa County and El Paso County are among the reddest of the red.

    McCain and Palin both feeling the need to campaign in the reddest red counties tells me that their internals say they are in deep doodoo here.


    Where else would they look for more votes? (none / 0) (#9)
    by BrassTacks on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 09:53:36 PM EST
    They certainly wouldn't go into the blue parts to drum up support and GOTV.  

    I think I am not understanding this.  I thought candidates always campaigned in the areas of the state where they had the most support, rather than in the areas where the opponent has the most support.  

    I am totally shocked that Obama or McCain would go to CO this late in the campaign.  I thought CO was a done deal, in our column for sure.


    Only that he's probably going to win there (none / 0) (#7)
    by easilydistracted on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 09:44:42 PM EST
    Its wholly consistent with his recent behavior to not shy away from those states that went red in the past two presidential elections.  Mac and Pal having to shore up their base at the last minute + Obama spending considerable time there = Colorado in the blue sack, you betcha.  

    It means that both campaigns (none / 0) (#10)
    by BrassTacks on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 09:54:53 PM EST
    See CO has not totally in our camp.  

    Or is there some other way to interpret it?  


    Noon on Election Day? (none / 0) (#11)
    by rdandrea on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 10:05:00 PM EST
    When more than 60 percent of the people had voted by Thursday night?

    Sorry, there's no return on investment here.


    yes, five trips in the (none / 0) (#13)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 01:03:42 AM EST
    ten days up to and including election day -- six if you include Biden's...maybe Obama's internal polling isn't matching the other polls we are reading, or they are taking no chances, but I thought it was strange too, as I wrote here.

    Today Obama has 3 rallies: (none / 0) (#14)
    by lilburro on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 03:52:14 AM EST
    8:30 a.m., Rally in Jacksonville, FL.
    5:30 p.m., Rally in Charlotte, NC.
    9 p.m., Rally in Manassas Park, VA.

    I wish he would go to PA.  The misleading calls and advertisements there worry me.  Although Joe Biden will be in Philadelphia tonight at 8:30.  I hope Rendell campaigns tonight too.