AURORA | The other Clinton — Bill — is following his wife to Aurora today to stump for Andrew Romanoff, Sen. Mark Udall, Gov. John Hickenlooper and other Democrats.
Former President Bill Clinton is headlining an evening rally at Hinkley High School Monday evening. He’ll be promoting Udall, Hickenlooper and Romanoff.
The event is being held in the district Romanoff hopes to take from GOP Rep. Mike Coffman.
Udall is in a tight race against Rep. Cory Gardner, and Hickenlooper is battling former Rep. Bob Beauprez.
Former first lady Hillary Clinton has already visited Aurora to promote Udall last week. And First Lady Michelle Obama led Udall rallies Thursday in Denver and Fort Collins.
Democrats are throwing all their weight at keeping Udall’s seat. Colorado could decide whether Republicans or Democrats control the chamber.
“First Nancy Pelosi, then Hillary Clinton, and now Bill Clinton. Democrats are pulling out all the stops, but one,” said Coffman campaign manager Tyler Sandberg. “The only person who hasn’t shown up is Barack Obama. But as Obama himself said, it is his policies on the ballot. Every one of them.'”
“Our momentum here in Colorado has captured the nation’s attention,” said Romanoff campaign manager Denise Baron. “We’re working to make sure as many people vote as possible before Election Day, and President Clinton is coming to help that effort.”
Democrats are counting on a strategic ground game to shore up close races. Recent polls show all the races are extremely close or going to Republicans.
Last week, local Republican campaign leaders said the string of big Democratic names was an indication of desperation of all three campaigns.
Colorado Democrats are recognized for using effective “ground games,” where they get out the vote when and where it counts. Democrats say moderate, independent districts such as Aurora count heavily this year.
Udall, Romanoff and Hickenlooper, also in a tight race for re-election, were sounding familiar themes last week. Both the Udall/Gardner and Coffman/Romanoff races are seen as the most competitive — and expensive — in the country.
At the Hillary Clinton event on Tuesday, Udall said a win would come from getting Dems to return ballots.
“You all know this race is going to come down to the last ballot that’s counted,” Udall said. “But when that last ballot is counted we’re going to come on top.”
Udall made reference to his sagging poll numbers. “Ignore the polls. The only poll that counts is Election Day.” This is the first major election where all registered, active voters in Colorado have received a mail-in ballot, making the race a wildcard even up until Nov. 4.
The Denver Post reported Friday that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is also coming to Colorado this week, stumping for Republicans, including Coffman. Bush is expected to appear at a get-out-the-vote event Wednesday at the Douglas County fairgrounds.
The event Monday is a ticket-only event, and tickets are limited, according to Romanoff campaign chief Denise Baron.