President Obama on Wednesday will travel to Colorado, a tragedy-stricken swing state he is determined to keep in his column.
Wednesday’s trip marks the sixth time the president has visited the Centennial State this year and his 11th since taking office. And the president’s roots in Colorado really go back to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, when Obama accepted his party’s nomination under a mile-high sky at Invesco Field.
Like Obama, Romney has logged a number of hours in Colorado, visiting with the victims of the wildfires in recent weeks while paying tribute to those suffering from the theater shooting. Both campaigns temporarily pulled negative ads in the state after the shootings.
While a series of recent polls have Obama ahead of Romney, a Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News poll released Wednesday found Romney topping the president 50 percent to 45 among likely voters in the state. A Rasmussen poll out on Tuesday had the presumptive GOP nominee tied with the president at 47 percent.
Adding to the president’s troubles: an unemployment rate in the state that hovers at 8.2 percent, as well as low approval ratings among voters focused on the economy.
While Obama is still up in most polls in the state, the Romney campaign is ramping up its ground game, according to GOP strategist Ford O’Connell, who said the state is “ripe for the picking.”
“The Romney campaign is looking at Colorado as the place where the rubber meets the road,” O’Connell said. “They’re beefing up their field operation and they’re making a concerted effort to put the pieces in place.”