DENVER — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will hold just one Colorado campaign event this week, his campaign announced Monday.
Tuesday’s “Town Hall with Mitt Romney and the Republican Team”, set for 10 a.m. at Central High School in Grand Junction, marks the third straight Colorado campaign swing for Romney that has avoided the Denver metro area.
Romney’s last two appearances in Colorado, both in May, were set in Fort Morgan and Craig and both focused on energy issues.
Tuesday’s event was located in Grand Junction, according to the Romney campaign, because of the high unemployment rate in Mesa County.
At least, that’s what the campaign told the Wall Street Journal, which blogged Monday about Romney’s “unusual strategy in Colorado.”
The Associated Press has also picked up on Romney’s curious strategy of avoiding the Denver suburbs, which will most certainly decide who wins Colorado’s nine electoral votes in November, and focusing, thus far, on reliably red parts of this notoriously purple state.
Romney last campaigned in the metro area in Februrary, when he rallied supporters at Arapahoe High School in Centennial on the eve of the Feb. 6 GOP Caucuses and then held his watch party on Denver’s Auraria Campus the following night after a five-point loss to then-challenger Rick Santorum.
Romney’s campaign hinted at a possible appearance in Colorado Springs later Tuesday afternoon, but a campaign official said Monday that no public events are scheduled there.
On Monday night, Romney is set to attend a high-dollar fundraiser in Aspen at the home of Susan Crown, whose family owns Aspen Skiing Co.
About 300 are expected for the event, according to Frieda Wallison, Colorado’s delegate for the Republican National Convention. The minimum cost to gain entrance to the 5 p.m. dinner was $2,500, and $50,000 bought supporters a seat at a private dinner at 6 p.m. — along with preferred status at the GOP convention.
Romney is looking to widen his fundraising advantage after a huge month in June, when Romney raised $106.1 million, far surpassing Obama’s $70 million haul.
Colorado is one of 10 key swing states that will decide the coming presidential election.
The Denver Post reported Sunday that Obama leads Romney in the state by 3.6 percentage points.