Gardner takes top role

The Denver Post l By Mark K. Matthews

Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner is poised to become the next chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The post will put the freshman lawmaker in a prominent national role as he leads Republican efforts to retain control of the U.S. Senate in 2018.

Politico first reported Gardner’s likely ascension Wednesday afternoon and Colorado Republicans confirmed that Gardner was well-positioned to become NRSC chairman during a vote next week for the spot.

In an interview, Gardner sounded optimistic.

“Obviously, I’ve expressed my willingness to continue to fight for a majority that believes in limited government and economic opportunity for the people of this nation and that’s what I’m going to do in any capacity I can,” he said. “Right now, that is a real possibility.

“I feel confident that with the support of my colleagues we will be in a position to be able to help,” Gardner added.

The Yuma Republican campaigned quietly this year to win his colleagues’ support, traveling the nation to support GOP candidates seeking election in 2016.

In 2014, Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet led the Democratic campaign efforts.

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Trump’s Campaign Grows

Donald Trump’s Colorado ground game picked up key players — some well-known in Republican circles — to oversee respective issue and advocacy groups this week.

While the list does not include former governors or current office-holders, whom presidential campaigns often turn to, they do include such Colorado leaders as former state Senate President John Andrews and former Sen. Greg Brophy, a former GOP gubernatorial candidate who previously served as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Ken Buck.


VIB Program Launched

By: Megan Schrader

Updated: August 20, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Wendy Miller said she knows first-hand how small businesses can get steamrolled at the Colorado Capitol by bigger businesses with high-paid lobbyists who have lawmakers’ ears.

“We saved 20 companies from going under,” Miller, a Colorado Springs small-business owner, told a crowd of GOP business owners Thursday night. “I don’t want any of you to feel helpless and feel like you’re a victim of some law that you can’t do anything about. We are standing here today as proof.”


Trump Returning to CS

By: Megan Schrader The Gazette September 13, 2016
Donald Trump is scheduled to come back to Colorado Springs on Saturday night, according to the schedule on the GOP presidential nominee’s website.

Trump will hold a rally at jetCenters of Colorado at Colorado Springs Airport at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the website.

Jeff Hays, chairman of the El Paso County GOP, confirmed the news Tuesday, saying it’s a sign that Trump is back in the game in Colorado.

“The polls have narrowed since a lot of those projections were made,” Hays said, referencing polling in July and August that indicated Trump trailed by double digits in Colorado. “He’s got a chance in Colorado and El Paso County is the gateway to that victory.”

Hays said that a visit like this encourages volunteers and candidates up and down the ticket.

Magellan Strategies, a Colorado polling firm, found Hillary Clinton led Trump by a mere five points in the state, in a poll that had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.38 percent. The poll was conducted from Aug. 29 to 31.

El Paso County Commissioner Mark Waller, who is a consultant on the Trump campaign, said there is a path to victory in Colorado.

“They are working to register new voters and that has been very successful thus far,” Waller said, guessing that the event will be a large one aimed at motivating new voters. “I think the campaign is starting to feel that there is a real shot for Trump to win.”

Voter registration has traditionally been Democrat’s strong point and Clinton’s campaign has a robust ground force in Colorado working on get-out-the-vote drives. Clinton’s team doesn’t release exact numbers of employees in the state, but Emmy Ruiz, campaign director for Colorado, said the campaign is still growing and not drawing down.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Ruiz said, whose team sent out a memo to supporters in August saying polls would fluctuate in coming weeks. “I think this is a race that is going to tighten.”

Ruiz said they are reaching out to Hispanic voters, women, veterans and active-duty military and trying to pick up Republicans who are defecting from the Trump campaign.

Ruiz said it’s “likely” that Clinton will come back to Colorado, but said campaign travel is difficult to predict. Clinton was in Commerce City in early August for a public event.

The campaign officially has 25 offices throughout the state.

Trump is beginning to air TV ads in Colorado.

He was in Colorado Springs on July 29 for a campaign event at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He also held an event in Denver that day.

JetCenters of Colorado is located at 1575 Aviation Way. Trump will be in Houston earlier that day, according to his schedule.

Tickets to the event in Colorado Springs are available online at:

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Young Republicans Rock Vote

POSTED BY J. Adrian Stanley ON THU, JUN 4, 2015 AT 2:13 PM

Young Republicans showed up in higher percentages to the mayoral runoff than their Democratic or unaffiliated counterparts, El Paso County Republican Party executive director Daniel Cole points out.
In a letter to local Republicans, Cole notes that 21.9 percent of young Republican registered voters (ages 30 to 44, roughly) cast a ballot in May, compared to 18.6 percent of young Democrats and just 13.5 percent of unaffiliated young voters. John Suthers, the more conservative candidate, defeated Mary Lou Makepeace, 68 percent to 32 percent.
The Independent and the Colorado Springs Business Journal challenged young voters to “rock the vote”  in the election. The hope was that at least 20 percent of voters ages 30 to 44 would cast a ballot. Cole notes that 17.3 percent actually did — an improvement from 14.4 percent in the April city election.
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GOP’s New Ground Game

By Lynn Bartels The Denver Post

POSTED: 11/09/2014 12:01:00 AM MST

Colorado Republicans, stung by years of bitter infighting, turned their muscle on Democrats instead of one another this election, stealthily creeping through blue-collar and crucial counties, and racking up one vote after another.

Superstitious after years of heartbreak, they searched for a location for their election night party where they had never lost before.

The cheers Tuesday night at the Denver Tech Center Hyatt Regency ballroom nearly drowned out Congressman Cory Gardner after he climbed the stage to claim the distinction of being the first Coloradan in 36 years to defeat an incumbent U.S. senator.

Democrat Mark Udall had seemed too serious, too stiff during a campaign where half his ads at one point mentioned abortion, birth control or rape. But Udall’s concession speech was so heartfelt, so authentic it moved Colorado Republican Party spokesman Owen Loftus.

“We’re lucky that guy didn’t show up on the campaign trail,” Loftus said.

Because many of the early returns involved GOP ballots, the initial tally showed voters kicking out Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, too, and going for Republican Bob Beauprez — but the governor prevailed.

Hickenlooper won by 3.1 percentage points, Gardner by 2.1 percentage points, according to the latest ballot tallies. That’s a far different narrative than initial reports showing Gardner with a resounding lead and the governor winning in a squeaker.

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman of Aurora cruised to a 9-point victory in a seat earlier crowned the most competitive congressional district in the country.

Democrats retained control of the state House, although the GOP defeated three incumbents.

Republicans now have a one-seat majority in the state Senate after a decade of Democratic control.

“The untold story is Colorado didn’t get swept away in a GOP wave,” said Rick Palacio, chairman of the Colorado Democratic Party, pointing to what happened in other states.

The Denver Post interviewed more than two dozen people and sifted through voting data and turnout models to try to piece together how the election went down. Republican turnout exploded in two critical GOP counties, El Paso and Douglas. Udall underperformed in some traditional Democratic strongholds, such as Pueblo and Adams counties, which Hickenlooper carried.

Blame and praise were assigned and deflected, but on this both sides agreed:

Colorado Republicans blindsided Democrats. And Hickenlooper’s quirky personality and Gardner’s sunny nature appealed to voters.

Fight Club

Gardner’s campaign manager, Chris Hansen, checked his buzzing cellphone. It was Oct. 10, and the campaign was at a local watering hole celebrating its surprise endorsement from The Denver Post’s editorial page and the national attention it received.

“It’s a reporter. He wants to talk about the ground game,” Hansen said, putting the phone down. “We never talk about the ground game.”

Even Gardner would echo that talking point, telling U.S. News & World Report last month, “What happens in Fight Club stays in Fight Club.”

Part of it, Hansen said, was the campaign wanted to brag about Gardner, not the behind-the-scenes efforts. Democrats touted their numbers — field offices, staffers, volunteers, doors knocked on — but seemed unaware that massive voter-contact efforts were quietly underway by Republicans across Colorado and the country.

A computer whiz who grew up in Greeley had helped President Obama’s campaign win re-election with complex targeting and data. The Republican National Committee, caught by surprise, in response changed in a major way how it used data and technology to turn out voters. Among the Republicans targeted this year: those who voted in the presidential election in 2012 but not in the mid-term election in 2010.

“It was the Obama model in that volunteers were going back and having conversations with the same people again and again,” Coffman’s campaign manager, Tyler Sandberg, said. “Democrats have produced a great ground game for many, many years, but I think they were so used to running against a nonexistent Republican ground game that they took it for granted.”

The 6th Congressional District that Coffman has represented since 2009 used to lean hard right, but following the 2010 Census, the boundaries were redrawn, and he found himself in a competitive district that covers portions of Arapahoe and Adams counties and a smidge of Douglas County.

Two years ago, a relatively unknown state lawmaker nearly unseated Coffman, who then began a slow glide to the middle on some issues. This election, the congressman faced a Democratic powerhouse, the popular former speaker of the House, Andrew Romanoff, who had declined to run in 2012.

Democrats were counting on their ground game, which had produced a spectacular victory in 2010 for Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, who beat Republican Ken Buck by 1.7 percentage points in another wave GOP year.

Less than 24 hours before Election Day, Udall’s campaign manager, Adam Dunstone, checked and rechecked his math. The polling hadn’t been great for Udall, but polls in 2010 also showed Bennet losing.

Supporters had knocked on more than 250,000 doors in the previous three days and planned to hit another 160,000 on Election Day alone, he said. And these folks weren’t going into Colorado neighborhoods at random. The nerve center inside Udall campaign headquarters was a small room where about a dozen staff members stared at computer screens. Their job was to oversee the invasion. If Udall wasn’t getting enough support in Jefferson County, for example, they would know it — and in response send teams of volunteers to rustle up votes.

Because of the importance of the mission, and the fact they knew the voting “score” as it came in, the campaign was forced to put a sign on the door to keep away curious volunteers. “Do Not Enter. Please e-mail or chat your point of contact in this room,” read the entry to the inner sanctum.

This faith in the science of campaigning — from Dunstone on down — was the security blanket that kept Udall’s people from losing hope in the final days.

This reliance on math was one reason why, despite broad criticism, Udall focused on issues of personhood and contraception throughout the campaign: It moved the numbers, Dunstone said.

A week before the election, former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb sounded an alarm: Unless Democrats stepped up their game in the waning days, they were in danger of suffering huge losses.

“There was no passion among our base,” Webb said. “Contrary to some of the neophytes in the party, I know how to read a map and I know how to read numbers. And the numbers were coming in low from some of our traditionally heavy precincts.”

Final-minute, ballot-chasing efforts helped stave off a total disaster. Despite the wave, the state House stayed Democrat, the state Senate was lost by only one seat and Hickenlooper avoided the distinction of being the first elected Colorado governor since 1962 to be canned by voters.


“I’ve got to compliment the Republicans,” Webb said. “They did a better job than us on the ground. We normally excel in our ground game.”

Magic potion

Adams County long has been considered a reliable Democratic stronghold, even though its Reagan Democrats tend to side with Republicans on Second Amendment and other issues. Rep. Kevin Priola of Henderson, who upset the Democrat candidate in 2008 by 432 votes, is the lone Adams County Republican in the legislature, but he’ll have company next year.

Republicans won an open Senate seat that gave them the majority for the next two years, and they defeated an incumbent House member.

“I think Democrats took Adams County for granted,” said Erik Hansen, a Republican elected to his second term on the county commission. “They didn’t put in any resources in it, and we recruited better candidates than we have in the past.”

Hansen also pointed out that Adams County is growing, the demographics have shifted and foreclosures hit the area hard after the recession. “There’s still a lot of angst,” he said.

Coffman clobbered Romanoff in Adams County and won that part of his district by 11 percentage points. Udall led Gardner by 3,660 votes in unofficial returns; four years ago, Bennet beat Buck by 8,155 votes. “We worked Adams hard,” said Hansen, Gardner’s campaign manager.

Hansen said Republicans also turned to Pueblo County. A year ago, voters in the heavily Democratic county ousted Democratic state Sen. Angela Giron from her Pueblo seat after she supported tougher gun bills, and they chose a Republican to replace her.

“That told us that Pueblo had decided that the Denver-Boulder kind of ‘latte liberals’ had left them. They’re a different kind of Democrats in Pueblo. They’re gun-loving, church-going, union Democrats,” Hansen said.

Udall unofficially beat Gardner by only 389 votes in Pueblo County. In 2010, Bennet beat Buck by 10,875 votes.

“Maybe a dose of humility for Colorado Democrats isn’t a bad thing,” said Stu Rothenberg of the nonpartisan national Rothenberg Political Report.

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GOP Majority in State Senate

DENVER – Four days after the election, the results are finally in from Adams County. The balance of power tipped to Republicans in the State Senate, while Colorado Democrats held onto power in the House.

“We infused a bucket of red into a state government that had been almost purely blue,” said Daniel Cole, Executive Director of the El Paso County Republican Party.  “That means any bill that lands on the Governor’s desk is going to have to pass through a Republican chamber.”

Colorado Republicans are in charge of the Senate for the first time in a decade. The race that tipped the balance of power to Republicans was in Senate District 24 in Adams County.

Republican Beth Humenik beat Democrat Judy Solano by 876 votes, giving the GOP an 18-17 majority.

“It’s never easy to lose, but I think we can look back and be very, very proud,” said Senate Majority Leader Rollie Heath (D-Boulder).

“Unfortunately, for us, we fell just one seat short,” said Senate President Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora).

On Saturday, Senate Democrats vowed to work together.

“We expect that we will be working together with all of our colleagues to solve any problems we can with Colorado,” said Carroll.

However, Majority Leader Rollie Heath said Democrats won’t back down on key issues like healthcare and women’s rights.

“We’re certainly going to make sure that are voice is heard,” he said.

“The Republican Senate Caucus is eager to move Colorado forward on so many important issues and away from the extraordinary divisiveness of recent years,” Senate Republican Leader Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs) said in a statement.

The shift of power in Colorado’s senate has fundamentally changed, with Democrats holding on to power in the State House.

“For the first time in a decade Republicans are going to have a real voice in the state legislature,” said Cole.

The Senate Republican and Democrat caucuses will meet at the Capitol next weekend to pick leaders. Cadman is expected to become the new Senate president.

The votes are still unofficial; the Secretary of State has until November 21st to certify the results.

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July Jobs Report

WASHINGTON – RNC Chairman Reince Priebus released the following statement on the July jobs report:

“This jobs report would be so much better if Harry Reid would do his job and get the Democrat Senate to vote on the 43 jobs bills passed by the Republican-led House of representatives,” said Chairman Priebus. “Instead of putting people back to work, Harry Reid is letting those bills gather dust. He can’t be bothered to help the unemployed.

“Of course, it’s good news to see some Americans finding work, but we still need millions of jobs. Our unemployed and underemployed fellow Americans don’t have months and years to wait. They need jobs now.

“We also can’t forget that the unemployment rate doesn’t tell the whole picture. It doesn’t account for the millions of Americans who have dropped out of the labor force because they’re exhausted from looking for jobs that don’t exist.

“In order to create the jobs we need, Americans have to fire Harry Reid and elect a Republican Senate this November that will pass pro-growth policies, including legislation to build the Keystone Pipeline. The best way to create jobs in America is to make sure Harry Reid loses his job as Majority Leader.”

ObamaCare Website

Today, The GAO Will Testify In Congress On Ongoing Issues With The Implementation Of ObamaCare. “The GAO report is not due to be released until early Thursday, ahead of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on implementation of Obama’s Affordable Care Act. GAO acquisition and sourcing management director William Woods is scheduled to testify.” (David Morgan, “Federal Obamacare Market Still Faces Cost Overruns, Delays: Watchdog,” Reuters, 7/30/14)

  • GAO Officials Will Report ObamaCare’s Marketplace And Website Were “Over Budget And Behind Schedule.” “The investigators, from the Government Accountability Office, an independent arm of Congress, said that the marketplace and its website,, were over budget and behind schedule because of ‘new and changing requirements’ imposed by administration officials.” (Robert Pear, “Problems With Could Force Delays In Fall,” The New York Times, 7/30/14)


The GAO’s Report Found That The “Obama Administration Set The Stage” For The ObamaCare Website’s Failures. “Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president’s new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in testimony released Wednesday. Behind the administration’s repeated assurances that consumers across the land would soon have seamless access to health care, a chaotic procurement process was about to deliver a stumbling start.” (“Probe Exposes Flaws Behind HealthCare.Gov Rollout,” The Associated Press, 7/30/14)

The Obama Administration’s Inability To Hold Contractors Accountable Led To Costly Overruns At The Expense Of The American Taxpayer

According To The Latest GAO Estimates, The Cost Of ObamaCare’s Website Is Approaching $1 Billion, At $840 Million And Rising. “The budget to get the site ready for the next round of enrollments, starting in November, jumped to $840 million as of March, according to the Government Accountability Office. That’s a $163 million increase since December.” (Alex Wayne, “ObamaCare Web Cost Approaches $1 Billion As Fixes Needed,”Bloomberg, 7/30/14)

  • FLASHBACK: In December 2013, Then-HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Testified That The Administration Had Spent $319 Million And Obligated $677 Million For The ObamaCare Website Through The End Of October. KATHLEEN SEBELIUS: “Congresswoman, to date, through the end of October — and I’m giving you the cleanest audited numbers that we have — we have obligated $677 million for the total IT costs, and have outlaid $319 million of that $677 million. Some of that includes work, clearly, in the month of October. We will give you regular updates as we have newly audited numbers. I have asked the I.G. to become involved because I think it’s very appropriate to look at all aspects not only of not only the management practices but the contractor expenditures, the specs in the contract, the payment issues. … Well, through the end — yes, that’s the obligated amount. We have spent $319 million of that $677 million through the end of October.” (Committee On Energy And Commerce, U.S. House, Hearing, 12/11/13)

The Government Accountability Office Found That The Obama Administration’s “Risky Contracting Practices” Led To The Costly Overruns. “GAO’s report, prepared for a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Thursday, details a long series of management, oversight, and contracting problems that plagued the entire process, from risky contracting practices in 2011 through the botched launch last October.” (Sam Baker, “ObamaCare Website Has Cost $840 Million,” National Journal, 7/30/14)

  • In One Instance, The GAO Found That The Cost Of Developing The ObamaCare Website “Nearly Quadrupled,” From $56 Million To $209 Million.“The overall cost of developing the federal marketplace, which helps consumers in 36 states sign up for subsidized private health insurance, nearly quadrupled to $209 million by last February from $56 million in September 2011, GAO said. The cost of developing a related federal data hub jumped from $30 million to $85 million.” (David Morgan, “Federal ObamaCare Market Still Faces Cost Overruns, Delays: Watchdog,”Reuters, 7/30/14)

After Taking Over Website Construction For CGI, Accenture Plc, Is Expected To Receive $175 Million, An $84 Million Increase From Original Estimates. “Accenture Plc (ACN), the company that took over building the site that failed at its introduction this past October, is expected to be paid $175 million as of June, an $84 million increase from the estimate in January when it signed a contract. The data are part of testimony for a congressional hearing tomorrow in the Republican-led House. The GAO places blame for the rising price on poor planning and supervision of contractors who built the website for the federal health exchange.” (Alex Wayne, “ObamaCare Web Cost Approaches $1 Billion As Fixes Needed,” Bloomberg, 7/30/14)

CGI Group, The Company Responsible For The Plagued ObamaCare Website “Wasn’t Severely Punished” And Was Only Docked $267,000 For Not Meeting Its Contract. “The site was built primarily by CGI Group Inc. (GIB/A) of Montreal. While top Obama administration officials publicly blamed CGI for not meeting the terms of its contract, the company wasn’t severely punished, losing only about $267,000 of their fees, Wood is scheduled to testify.” (Alex Wayne, “ObamaCare Web Cost Approaches $1 Billion As Fixes Needed,” Bloomberg, 7/30/14)

  • The Obama Administration “Paid Nearly All Of CGI’s $12.5 Million In Fees.”“CMS ultimately paid nearly all of CGI’s $12.5 million in fees, withholding only $267,000, the report said. The agency later ended its contract with CGI. Another contractor, Accenture, was brought in to make website fixes.” (“Probe Exposes Flaws Behind HealthCare.Gov Rollout,” The Associated Press, 7/30/14)

“Inconsistent Oversight Had Led CMS Officials To Inappropriately Authorize More Than $30 Million In Contractor Spending.” “But the GAO said inconsistent oversight had led CMS officials to inappropriately authorize more than $30 million in contractor spending.” (David Morgan, “Federal ObamaCare Market Still Faces Cost Overruns, Delays: Watchdog,”Reuters, 7/30/14)

The ObamaCare Website Remains Incomplete, With The Likelihood Of Future Problems

“Large Segment Of The Marketplace System Still Remain Unbuilt.” “Meanwhile, large segments of the marketplace system still remain unbuilt, including a financial management system to automate payments of federal subsidies to health insurers that is due to be completed in December.” (David Morgan, “Federal ObamaCare Market Still Faces Cost Overruns, Delays: Watchdog,” Reuters7/30/14)

The GAO Has Warned That More ObamaCare Problems Could Be On The Horizon. “All the same, GAO says, similar problems could arise again without structural changes in the way the government manages its contracts and spending.” (Same Baker, “ObamaCare Website Has Cost $840 Million,” National Journal, 7/30/14)

  • “Significant Risks” Remain For The Next Open Enrollment Period, Which Begins On November 15. “In testimony prepared for a House hearing on Thursday, William T. Woods, a senior official at the auditing agency, warned of ‘significant risks’ in the next open enrollment period, which begins Nov. 15. His comments were striking because the White House has said that the problems were mostly solved with the help of a new team of professionals led now by Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the secretary of Health and Human Services.” (Robert Pear, “Problems With Could Force Delays In Fall,” The New York Times7/30/14)


In November, Then-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Refused To Answer Questions About The Cost Of Fixing ObamaCare, Referring All Inquiries To HHS.QUESTION: “And we learned from GAO today at the hearing in the House that the website development costs, in the words of the GAO, north of $ 600 million. Do you have any comment on that number? It seems like …” CARNEY: “I didn’t see that report. I can refer you to HHS and CMS for how the contracts work for the development of the website. I know that the teams now that have been brought in are working under existing contracts in an effort to fix the problems that the website has and to continue to work down the punch list, as I described earlier.” … QUESTION: “And finally, more than $600 (sic) spent so far — is there any sense of how much more is going to be need to spend — to be spent here?” CARNEY: “I — for those kinds of questions, I refer you to CMS and HHS.” (White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 11/13/13)

  • Carney, On Fixing ObamaCare In October: “The Budget For This Is Something That’s Housed Over At HHS, And I Would Refer You To Them, Including The Expenses Related To The Website.” QUESTION: “OK, last one on that, then. What is your estimate on how much more money it’s going to cost, then, to fix the website and implement the early stages? It’s already hundreds of millions of dollars that has been laid out and has been disclosed. What’s your new estimate? ” CARNEY: “Well, I’d say a couple of things. One, the budget for this is something that’s housed over at HHS, and I would refer you to them, including the expenses related to the website.” (White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 10/22/13)

Trump Coming to CS

Note: Tickets will be available only through Donald J. Trump’s website here.

By: Megan Schrader July 25, 2016 Updated: Today at 7:07 am

Donald Trump’s Colorado campaign director confirmed Monday that the Republican nominee for president will be in Colorado Springs this week.

“Donald Trump is committed to winning Colorado and the campaign has plans for Mr. Trump to be in Colorado later this week,” said Patrick Davis, a Colorado Springs-based political consultant who works for Trump’s campaign.

Details of Trump’s visit weren’t immediately available, but if it’s similar to his campaign stop Monday in Virginia, it will include his running mate, Mike Pence, and be open to the public. Reservations for tickets were made on Trump’s website for that event at

Jeff Hays, chairman of the El Paso County Republican Party, said he was thrilled Trump is coming.

“The road to the White House could very well come through El Paso County,” Hays said. “If we do our job and we turn out in record numbers, we can make a difference in who wins the nine electoral votes in Colorado.”

Recent polls indicate Trump has an uphill fight in Colorado, a battleground state that last year unseated a Democratic incumbent in the Senate.

Hillary Clinton has spent millions of dollars on TV ads in Colorado, although her campaign’s advertising buys didn’t get extended in Colorado this week.

A poll released by Monmouth University had Clinton up by 13 points last week in Colorado. The state’s caucus process, however, awarded most of its delegates to Clinton opponent Bernie Sanders. Clinton needs Sanders’ supporters to vote in November.

Mitt Romney came to Colorado Springs in 2012 just a few days before the election, and John McCain and Sarah Palin stopped by just a few days after the 2008 Republican National Convention. Both of their speeches were held at a private terminal and hanger at the Colorado Springs Airport.

“They understand the math,” Hays said. “Any campaign worth its salt understands the importance of El Paso County.”

Trump had the opportunity to come to Colorado Springs for the Republican Party’s state convention, but declined. Ted Cruz, then still in the running to be the nominee, did attend and walked away with all of Colorado’s elected delegates to the Republican National Convention held in Cleveland last week.

Colorado’s delegation led the push to unbind delegates so they could vote for someone other than Trump. Ultimately the “vote-your-conscious” movement was crushed and Trump secured the nomination without major incident.

Trump could have some making up to do in Colorado. He spoke in Denver at the Western Conservative Summit this summer and tried to smooth things over with the state’s party in his speech.

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