Politicians, celebrities visit Colorado to encourage early voting
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
With just 10 days to go until Election Day, political heavyweights and Hollywood celebrities came to Colorado Saturday in support of their favorite presidential candidates.
Republicans brought out a bus with political stars from New Mexico and New Hampshire to a Mitt Romney campaign office in Cherry Creek.
Actors Rachael Leigh Cook, Ben McKenzie, Bryan Greenberg and Zachary Quinto all appeared at an early vote student rally at the University of Colorado Boulder to support President Obama.
“This state is so important. This election is so important,” said actress Jennifer Westfeldt, whose grandfather lives in Denver. She spoke to a group of Obama volunteers at an Early Vote Canvass Kick-Off in Lakewood.
Jon Hamm of the cable series “Mad Men” spoke to a cheering crowd at The Penalty Box located at 1862 W. Wadsworth Blvd.
“It’s exciting that Colorado is a battleground state. And it should be exciting for you,” Hamm said.
Actor Laurence Fishburne of “The Matrix” spoke at another Obama volunteer gathering in Five Points at 3100 Downing St.
“We need all the votes we can get to make sure Obama wins Colorado,” he said.
Both parties encouraged Coloradans to vote as soon as possible. More than a fifth of Colorado voters have already cast their ballots either at Early Voting Centers or through the mail–which leaves about 2.5 million voters the campaigns are still trying to reach.
“We owe it to you. And we applaud your efforts and we are so proud to be here in support of what you do,” said actress Stephanie March of “Law and Order” fame.
Colorado has nine electoral votes at stake in this election. It is a state that can swing either red or blue. Some voters don’t want to miss out.
“I just didn’t know if I could get in on voting day because of work. So I decided to do it early,” an early voter told FOX 31.
So with 10 days and counting, public figures appeal to the general public.
“Every single vote matters. These elections can come down to only a few hundred votes,” said New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte.
Early voting continues until Friday, Nov. 2.