Colorado's importance was summed up in the 13 visits Obama paid it this year — the most trips to Colorado by any sitting president. Romney campaigned here numerous times. Despite the attention, polls showed Colorado among the most competitive of all the swing states.
More than 1.7 million Colorado voters had already cast ballots, and registered Republicans outperformed Democrats, cheering the Romney campaign. Democrats argued that gap would not be enough to counter a break toward the president by independents who back abortion rights and an influx of traditional Democratic groups who tend to vote on Election Day.