DENVER -- On the surface, Colorado looks like it is just as purple as ever. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduling multiple appearances in the state on Friday. Sen. Michael Bennet is back on the airwaves after a brief hiatus.
But when looking at the math and the money, a different picture is painted. Swing states typically have nonstop commercials playing.
According to the Federal Communications Commission public inspection file website, Trump has yet to spend a dime on commercials and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton purchased her last commercial last week.
Swing states also typically have close polls. Recent Colorado polls show Clinton with a healthy lead in the state.
- Fox News: Clinton by 10
- Monmouth: Clinton by 13
- NBC: Clinton by 8
- Harper: Clinton by 7
- Gravis: Clinton by 2
“Maybe Colorado is not as ‘swingy’ as it was,” said Ryan Frazier, a political consultant and recent Senate candidate. “Any intelligent campaign isn’t going to just put their finger in the air. They are going to get some real data and determine where they need to put the dollars."
In Philadelphia, Colorado Democratic officials brushed off such criticism that the state is not purple anymore.
“I believe it is going to be a battleground,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said. “We are going to work with the Clinton campaign to make sure they stay up on air not take anything for granted."
Republican sources say Trump believes Colorado is a battleground or he would not be campaigning in Colorado Springs and Denver on Friday.