Udall skipping his own campaign fundraiser headlined by Obama

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Mark Udall

Mark Udall

DENVER — As part of President Barack Obama’s visit to Denver on Wednesday, he will headline a fundraiser for Sen. Mark Udall’s re-election campaign. But Udall won’t be there.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday morning that Udall’s campaign said the senator is staying in Washington to vote on Obama’s nominee to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“Mark is grateful for the president’s support and had hoped to welcome him to Colorado in person, but his responsibilities to serve Colorado in the Senate come first,” spokesman Chris Harris said in a statement.

Udall was already skipping Obama’s closed-to-the-public economic speech at Cheesman Park on Wednesday morning but was expected to be at the fundraiser at the Westin Denver Downtown. The fundraiser is off limits to reporters and news cameras.

Tickets to the fundraiser cost up to $15,000 per couple and the money is split between Udall’s campaign and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Udall is in a tight race with Rep. Cory Gardner and the race could go a long way in determining if Republicans retake control of the Senate.

Gardner’s campaign released a Web video targeting Udall and his ties with Obama.