Hillary Clinton stumps in Aurora for Udall, Romanoff as races tighten and deadline looms

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AURORA | Democratic election workers turned out today in Aurora to hear Hillary Clinton rally behind Colorado Senator Mark Udall and Aurora congressional candidate Andrew Romanoff, candidates in two of the most costly and contentious federal races in the country.

About 800 party faithful drew tickets to come to the Aurora Radisson Hotel across from Cherry Creek State Park to see Clinton as she made her second appearance in less than a week to help shore up what pundits say is Udall’s unexpectedly tenuous race. Republican Congressman Cory Gardner is tied or slightly ahead in recent polls.

Colorado Democrats are recognized for using effective “ground games,” where they get out the vote when and where it counts. Democrats say moderate, independent districts such as Aurora count heavily this year.

Udall, Romanoff and Gov. John Hickenlooper, also in a tight race for re-election, were sounding familiar themes.

Romanoff  sounded off on his opponent  Mike Coffman’s unwillingness to support comprehensive immigration reform, and appealed to the crowd’s female voters. “When you vote, as Mike Coffman has, against  equal pay and reproductive rights, you’re part of the problem,” he said.

Udall also struck feminist and civil right themes repeatedly to a receptive and cheering crowd.

“You all know this race is going to come down to the last ballot that’s counted,” Udall said. “But when that last ballot is counted we’re going to come on top.”

Udall made reference to his sagging poll numbers. “Ignore the polls. The only poll that counts is Election Day.” This is the first major election where all registered, active voters in Colorado have received a mail-in ballot, making the race a wildcard even up until Nov. 4.

Clinton then took the stage to cheers.

“If you look at what Colorado achieved in last four years it didn’t happen by accident, ” Clinton said. “Colorado has a governor whose record is second to none.”

 Clinton said she’s envious about Udall having climbed mountains all over Colorado, “but they’re nothing compared to the mountains he’s trying to move in Washington.”

She said there’s a lot at stake in making sure Democrats keep control of the Senate, and that can happen by re-electing Udall.

“Udall is carrying the hopes of the entire country on his shoulders in this election,” Clinton said.

Hillary hammered on the importance of women in the election, saying that the election is important to women.

“This election is important to everybody, but it’s especially important to women of Colorado,” Clinton said. “These Dems will never shame or judge a woman for decisions that are deeply complex and personal … They won’t tell voters of Colorado one thing about personhood and tell their colleagues in the Senate the opposite about personhood.”

Clinton said gridlock in Congress has undermined the country, and sending Republicans to Washington will only do more harm.

“Don’t vote for people who proudly tell you they will never compromise,” Clinton said.

Coffman campaign spokesman Tyler Sandberg told the Sentinel in a statement yesterday that the event was an act of desperation on behalf of Romanoff and Colorado Democrats.

“Andrew Romanoff may be calling in every political chit he has to drag his flailing campaign across the finish line, but even Hillary Clinton can’t save him. Mike Coffman’s distinguished record of leadership and a campaign effort that matches his tireless work ethic are why we are positioned to win this race,” he said.