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Why Romney goes heavy on rural Colorado

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This week, he's holding Monday fundraisers in Aspen, then hopping over to Grand Junction for a Tuesday morning town hall.

His last two visits to Colorado took him to Craig and Fort Lupton for events on energy production.

While it may appear Romney is avoiding Denver, President Obama's only Colorado campaign event took him to downtown Denver. He's also made official White House trips to Boulder and Colorado Springs in that time.

To understand Romney's push in rural Colorado, it's helpful to look back to the February 7 caucuses.

Romney easily won the Denver metro area but lost the state to Rick Santorum.

"Santorum won the outlying areas pretty handily," DU Political Science professor Peter Hanson said. "Cities like Grand Junction and Colorado Springs went overwhelmingly for Rick Santorum."

Those Santorum supporters aren't going to vote for President Obama, but that doesn't mean Romney can ignore them.

"They're clearly going to vote for Mitt Romney," Hanson said. "On the other hand, there might be an enthusiasm issue. What Romney doesn't want to happen is for those voters to stay home."

In truth, both major presidential campaigns have carried overtones aimed at drumming up passion within their respective bases.

An official involved with the Romney campaign told 9NEWS that they will fight in every corner of Colorado, and that Romney would be back in the Denver area more than once before election day.

Visits aside, the candidates are reaching voters everywhere in Colorado through advertising. 

Here's an interesting look at how effective ads have been in swing states, courtesy of our partners at USA Today.

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