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Romney set for Tuesday event in Craig, Colo.

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DENVER — Mitt Romney, the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee, is heading back to Colorado next week for an event in the far northwest corner of the state.

Not only is Craig, Colo., where the event is reportedly scheduled, home to fewer than 10,000 people, it’s also four hours by car from the state’s largest media market — and safe Republican territory, one of the reddest parts of this purple state.

The visit comes just a couple weeks after Romney’s last visit to Colorado, which was also located well outside of Denver and the surrounding suburbs in Fort Lupton, also a reliably red part of the state.

Both Craig and Fort Lupton are heavy oil- and gas-producing communities that provide an ideal setting for discussing energy issues, which Romney’s campaign is increasingly trying to highlight.

That said, making repeated trips to rural Colorado is curious strategy when all analysts know the state will be won or lost in the metro suburbs.

It does, however, adhere to the conventional political strategic wisdom that a candidate has to solidify his or her base before making a play for swing voters.

Details on Romney’s event Tuesday have yet to be finalized.

The Colorado stop is part of a western swing for Romney, who’s holding an event in California on Monday and then heading to Nevada following the event in Craig.