Trump holds rallies in Colorado as latest polling goes against him

LOVELAND, Colo. -- Donald Trump crisscrossed Colorado on Monday, rallying nearly 10,000 supporters at events in Pueblo and Loveland.

"On November 8th we are going to win this state," Trump told the crowd at the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland for which Trump proclaimed a record attendance for the venue.

Trump's visit -- his second in two weeks -- comes as he faces criticism from a New York Times investigation over not paying taxes. Trump attempted to turn that into a strength.

"I understand the tax laws better than anyone, which is why I am the one who can fix them," Trump said.

In attendance for the event was former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, who spoke of Trump's friendship over the years.

Trump's visit comes in the midst of prep for his second debate on Sunday. However Trump still appears to have not gotten over the first one.

"Lester Holt never questioned her. All he does is question me, me," Trump said.

While Trump had myriad of criticism for Hillary Clinton to conclude his address, he also had a plea to his supporters.

"Mail in those ballots and get out the vote on November 8th," Trump said.

Coloradans will receive their ballots in the mail beginning the week of Oct. 17.

In a Monmouth University poll released Monday, Hillary Clinton leads Trump by 11 points in the state. The survey found Clinton has a 49 percent to 38 percent lead over Trump among likely voters.

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received 7 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein garnered 3 percent. The remaining 3 percent said they were undecided.

“Some polls had suggested that Colorado was becoming more competitive. That may have been true last month, but it does not appear to be the case now. Clinton’s current lead is as comfortable as it was three months ago, which is probably why her campaign has not diverted a lot of resources here,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.