Politicians travel to last-gasp rallies

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, standing left, and U.S. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy rally for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday at Starvin’ Arvin’s in Clifton.

Last-gasp rallies, campaign memos, sign waves and myriad other activities aimed at squeezing out the last possible ballot for today’s vote took place all over Colorado on Monday.

In Grand Junction, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., fired up a crowd of 60 or so Republicans in Grand Junction. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and House hopeful Sal Pace worked southern Colorado for votes for President Barack Obama and Pace’s bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo.

Perry and McCarthy, the House majority whip, stumped for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Tipton as they spoke to a group of Republicans at county GOP headquarters, 1114 N. First St. Each also called voters from the phone bank before heading to Delta for similar rallies.

“This is the state that could determine it all,” McCarthy told the overflow crowd, explaining why he and Perry were touring western Colorado.

Democrats set up 5,117 get-out-the-voter centers in the battleground states aimed at ensuring that new and “sporadic” voters would turn out in the final days of the campaign.

Officials put out a call Monday for 245 volunteers to work in Grand Junction from one of those centers at 546 Main St.

“The math is clear,” the memo from Obama campaign leaders said, that Romney would need to capture 59 percent of the ballots remaining to be cast in Colorado, assuming that polling results are correct.

Republicans ended the weekend with a turnout advantage of 625,000 early votes to 590,000 for Democrats with 474,000 unaffiliated voters also casting ballots.

In Mesa County, Republican turnout doubled Democrats, 25,615 to 11,432 while unaffiliated voters accounted for 13,966 ballots, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.


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