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FORT COLLINS -- The presidential campaign heated up in Colorado on Saturday. Campaign officials for both President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney were hitting up voters all over the state.

Obama's campaign was in Fort Collins at Colorado State University, while Romney's campaign rolled their bus through the Denver metro area.  Both campaigns had one thing in common; they both attracted young voters.

Hundreds of people circled around CSU's campus waiting to get tickets to see President Obama, who is visiting the University on Tuesday.

"I have been here since 5am, quite frankly because we thought the line was going to be huge," said Taylor Pettawar, a CSU student. 

While the majority of those waiting to get tickets on Saturday were students, the free event to the see the President is open to anyone.

Many students believe the President wanted to speak at their college in order to secure the younger vote, which most students believe is key in determining which way Colorado will swing.

"I think it really will because most of our parents and older people before us, they pretty much know already what they are doing. We are in that in between stage where we don't know and we are really trying to figure it out," said Pettawar.

"This is the first time a lot of us have a say and that's really important because this is our country too. I am definitely going to vote Obama this year," said Riley Gearhard, a CSU student.

But, not all young voters were in Fort Collins for Obama, many instead came out to see the Romney bus roll through Wheat Ridge where congressional candidate Joe Coors and Jefferson County Commissioner John Odom spoke. However, neither Romney nor Ryan were on board. 

"This weekend the bus was empty because everyone is in Tampa getting ready to nominate Mitt Romney," said John Odom, Jefferson County Commissioner.

For the young voters who came out, it was all about showing their support. 

"I'm concerned with how everything is going right now in the country and the direction I see everything going so I think it is time for a change," Cory Stets, a Romney supporter.

And while many young voters don't necessarily agree on who they will vote for, both did agree that it will be the young vote that determines this election.

"It's definitely going to be the young people as I think it was last time," Stetts said.

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