Romney, Obama Are Fighting for Colorado’s Nine Electoral Votes

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Bloomberg News reported Friday that President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are tied at 48 percent apiece among likely Colorado voters recently surveyed in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll. In the same poll taken in September, Obama bested Romney by five points, 50 percent to 45 percent.

With Colorado's nine electoral votes at stake for both campaigns, here are some of the latest developments that have occurred in the Centennial State.

* The Denver Post reported/updated Thursday that President Barack Obama made his 11th visit to Colorado this year. He spoke before a crowd of about 16,000 in Denver Wednesday, which was part of a nationwide tour consisting of nine swing states over 38 hours.

* NBC News reported Wednesday that Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., campaigned together for the first time in Colorado before about 12,000 people in Morrison Tuesday. Romney told the crowd, "We're on the home stretch now and I think the people of Colorado are going to get us all the way there, what do you think?"

* The Boston Globe reported Thursday that when Romney spoke in Morrison, Colo., Tuesday, the signs spotted during his rally had phrases like "Democrats for Romney," "CO is Mitt Country," and "Juntos con Romney." When Obama spoke in Denver on Wednesday, the signs spotted at the event had phrases like "Latinos for Obama," "1.1 million auto jobs saved," and "Nurses for Obama."

* Red State reported Thursday that from Oct. 1-24, super PACs have spent $6.5 million-plus on TV ads in the Denver market. The biggest share of that spending has come from the pro-Romney super PAC American Crossroads at just under $2.4 million.

* The Daily Camera reported Thursday that from Aug. 2 to Oct. 23, the top four Denver TV markets have aired 32,470 political ads, of which 10,005 originated from Obama's campaign. This is more than twice the ad spots from Romney's campaign, which aired 4,209 spots.

* The Denver Post reported Thursday that Utah residents who support both Romney and Obama have been coming to Colorado to help both campaigns. One Utah resident, Joni Crane, said she's volunteering for Romney because "You have a little voter apathy in Utah. You always know where the results are going to be."

Another, an Obama supporter named John Griswold, is helping because in Utah, "I get ruled out of all elections. No one listens to my voice."

* Of Colorado's 3.6 million registered voters, approximately 10 percent of them have already voted, according to CBS News Wednesday. The Denver Elections Commission reported that Republicans currently lead in early voting over Democrats.

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