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Colorado worth more than its 9 electoral votes

Associated Press Modified: November 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm •  Published: November 6, 2012

Romney countered by emphasizing the sour economy, which has been as bad here as in the rest of the nation. His campaign also focused on Colorado's rural areas, hoping to drive up big margins in Republican-friendly territory to counter any Obama advantage in the cities and Denver suburbs.

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.