END IN SIGHT: Coffman, Romanoff rally voters to the finish line


AURORA | Candidates for Aurora’s 6th Congressional District aren’t letting up as they race to Tuesday’s finish line after months of being embroiled in one of the nation’s most expensive and contentious battles for a seat in the U.S. House.

Republican incumbent Mike Coffman and Democrat challenger Andrew Romanoff had full schedules Sunday, now trying to coax likely voters to turn in mail ballots by 7 p.m. Nov. 4.

Mike Coffman, left and Andrew Romanoff at a recent debate for the seat in Aurora's 6th Congressional DistrictNeither side has released recent polling, but previous polls showed the race is extremely tight in a district redrawn four years ago to ensure equal numbers of Democrats, Independents and Republicans.

As of Oct. 15, Coffman’s campaign reported spending $3.5 million so far, and had $920,000 in cash available, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

Romanoff reported having spent $4.7 million as of Oct. 15, and had $126,000 in cash on hand. Romanoff apparently made good on promises to forgo taking traditional PAC money, collecting huge sums from smaller, individual donors, primarily through a Democrat-friendly campaign website, ActBlue.com.

Both candidates have stumped heavily, debated numerous times and even went head-to-head in Spanish during a live TV debate on a Spanish-language network. Both sides touted the event between two white, English-speaking congressional candidates as historic.

Historic, too, has been the Democratic Party star power stumping in Aurora for Romanoff and other statewide Democrats. Both Hillary and Bill Clinton have made recent appearances in Aurora, in an effort to benefit the former Democratic state House Speaker. In Denver, first lady Michele Obama made an appearance last week. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, appeared in northern Colorado on Saturday.

Coffman has recently appeared at events with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at similar rallies.

Romanoff and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mark Udall were on Udall’s vote bus in Centennial on Sunday afternoon. Romanoff spent Broncos-game time knocking on doors in Aurora.

For Monday, Romanoff is slated for canvassing across the city, with kickoff events at his southwest Aurora offices and later in north Aurora.

On Election Day, Romanoff is holding a watch party for his own campaign, rather than joining statewide Democrats. Romanoff and his team will be at Moe’s Original BBQ at 2727 S. Parker Road in Aurora beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Coffman is slated to rally voters at 7:15 a.m. Monday at University Boulevard and Arapahoe Road in Centennial. The rest of his Monday schedule has not yet been announced.

Coffman is expected to join statewide Republican candidates at an Election Night Party at the Hyatt Denver Tech Center. That event starts at 7 p.m.