By: Megan Schrader The Gazette September 13, 2016
Donald Trump is scheduled to come back to Colorado Springs on Saturday night, according to the schedule on the GOP presidential nominee’s website.
Trump will hold a rally at jetCenters of Colorado at Colorado Springs Airport at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the website.
Jeff Hays, chairman of the El Paso County GOP, confirmed the news Tuesday, saying it’s a sign that Trump is back in the game in Colorado.
“The polls have narrowed since a lot of those projections were made,” Hays said, referencing polling in July and August that indicated Trump trailed by double digits in Colorado. “He’s got a chance in Colorado and El Paso County is the gateway to that victory.”
Hays said that a visit like this encourages volunteers and candidates up and down the ticket.
Magellan Strategies, a Colorado polling firm, found Hillary Clinton led Trump by a mere five points in the state, in a poll that had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.38 percent. The poll was conducted from Aug. 29 to 31.
El Paso County Commissioner Mark Waller, who is a consultant on the Trump campaign, said there is a path to victory in Colorado.
“They are working to register new voters and that has been very successful thus far,” Waller said, guessing that the event will be a large one aimed at motivating new voters. “I think the campaign is starting to feel that there is a real shot for Trump to win.”
Voter registration has traditionally been Democrat’s strong point and Clinton’s campaign has a robust ground force in Colorado working on get-out-the-vote drives. Clinton’s team doesn’t release exact numbers of employees in the state, but Emmy Ruiz, campaign director for Colorado, said the campaign is still growing and not drawing down.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Ruiz said, whose team sent out a memo to supporters in August saying polls would fluctuate in coming weeks. “I think this is a race that is going to tighten.”
Ruiz said they are reaching out to Hispanic voters, women, veterans and active-duty military and trying to pick up Republicans who are defecting from the Trump campaign.
Ruiz said it’s “likely” that Clinton will come back to Colorado, but said campaign travel is difficult to predict. Clinton was in Commerce City in early August for a public event.
The campaign officially has 25 offices throughout the state.
Trump is beginning to air TV ads in Colorado.
He was in Colorado Springs on July 29 for a campaign event at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He also held an event in Denver that day.
JetCenters of Colorado is located at 1575 Aviation Way. Trump will be in Houston earlier that day, according to his schedule.
Tickets to the event in Colorado Springs are available online at: www.donaldjtrump.com/schedule.
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