Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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Presidential Election

October 24, 2012

Once Obama country, Colorado now razor-close

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Obama was due to hold another rally in Denver on Wednesday. His campaign expresses confidence about its chances, saying it always knew 2008 was an anomaly and this contest would look more like the normal election-year photo finishes in a state evenly divided among Republicans, Democrats and independents.

'We have always said this race will be a close election, and we are confident that the president's plan to move our country forward, coupled with the strongest grass-roots organization in history, will lead us to victory on Election Day," Obama campaign spokeswoman Kim Parker said.

To do that, the president needs to win back voters like Robin Abrams, 24, one of the suburban female moderates who voted for Obama in 2008.

"Obama seemed promising — something new, something fresh," Abrams said Tuesday from a coffee shop in Englewood, a suburb south of Denver.

But this time around, she'd undecided. She's getting out of college in about a year and isn't sure she'll be able to find a job. She likes Obama's stance on social issues, especially women's health and abortion rights. But she's thinking about her pocketbook, too.

"Socially, I think I'm more Democratic. But economically, I'm not sure. And I want to be sure," said Abrams, who added that she turns off her cellphone sometimes because she's so bombarded by political messages.

The two campaigns are fiercely battling for the votes of the roughly 100,000 undecided voters here who are overwhelmingly nonpartisan women who support abortion rights. The Obama campaign has modeled its approach on Michael Bennet's 2010 U.S. Senate race, in which the Democratic political novice defied the Republican Party by hammering his tea party opponent on immigrants' rights and abortion. Bennet won by less than 30,000 votes.

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