Colorado has been identified as one of the swing states crucial to both presidential candidates President Barack Obama and presumptive nominee for the GOP Mitt Romney. Here's a rundown on some of the most recent developments on a state that contains nine electoral votes.
* It's a Free Country's Anna Sale reported that Romney is struggling with Colorado Latinos, commenting: "When you look at recent polls, you see Mitt Romney is gaining among Independents in Colorado, but Obama is increasing his margins among Latino voters," as reported by The Takeaway Thursday.
* A poll conducted and released Wednesday by the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA showed that of the five swing states it looked at, Colorado is currently strongest for Obama by seven points over Romney, 49 percent to 42 percent, as reported by Denver's Westword.
* Politico 44 reported Thursday that Obama's campaign has released an ad running one minute in duration that's in Spanish and aimed at Coloradans addressing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and its positive effects on Hispanics.
* Colorado is a part of the $25 million campaign ad spending output by Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS for only one ad that criticizes Obama's job creation record as well as a charging him with adding much more to the national debt, as reported by The Nation Wednesday.
* National Public Radio's Don Gonyea reported Wednesday on Romney's two campaign stops in Colorado on Tuesday, but noted that the former Massachusetts governor stuck to "conservative parts of the state." One of the visits included a first-time-in-two-plus-months town hall meeting.
* One of Mitt Romney's campaign spokesman said that the GOP presidential candidate wanted to visit a Republican stronghold like Grand Junction, Colo., "to highlight how bad the Obama economy is," as the city has an unemployment rate of approximately 10 percent, according to The Wall Street Journal.
* The executive director of ProgressNow Colorado, Joanne Schwartz, has charged Romney with favoring the rich the most, saying in a press release by her organization Tuesday regarding Romney's visits July 10, "It's time for Mitt Romney to put working middle class American families first, instead of his well-heeled funders in Aspen and the Hamptons."
* Priorities USA, a super PAC supporting Obama, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), are responsible for a $4 million TV and radio ad campaign that tells Colorado viewers and listeners in part regarding Romney, "He's a person without feelings who doesn't care about people whether they be Hispanic, Latino, white, who are below him," according to CNN Thursday.
* National Journal reported Thursday that Colorado is one of the 17 states Obama has flown to since Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus complained to the Government Accountability Office April 25, accusing the president of "fraudulently billing the government for blatantly political travel."
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