McCain to stump for GOP hopeful Norton at weekend event in Grand Junction

Presidential candidate John McCain speaks at West Star Aviation on Election Day 2008.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will campaign for Jane Norton in Grand Junction on Sunday as her race for the U.S. Senate nears the finish line.

Norton, a Grand Junction native, was the state chairwoman for McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. McCain last visited Grand Junction on Election Day 2008, speaking at Grand Junction Regional Airport.

This time, he’ll campaign for Norton at 2:30 p.m. on the Mesa State College campus.

McCain’s heft with Mesa County voters is significant, Norton campaign spokeswoman Cinamon Watson said, noting that he was the highest Republican vote getter in Mesa County in the past three presidential cycles.

Norton, a former lieutenant governor, is battling with Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck for the Republican nomination.

Buck on Monday took a swipe at McCain, saying the onetime presidential candidate was “greasing the power brokers” to pay for attacks on him. In a statement, Buck asked Republicans instead to send him money for eight more days of television ads.

Both campaigns have claimed the advantage in polling for the election that comes to a halt a week from today.

Buck, citing a Denver Post/9 News survey published Sunday, claimed a lead of 50 percent to 41 percent with a 4.1 percent margin of error.

Norton’s campaign on Friday had pointed to polling that gave her a 45 percent to 40 percent advantage over Buck.


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