FIRST ON FOX31: Romney to campaign in Pueblo Sunday

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DENVER — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will campaign this Sunday in Pueblo, FOX31 Denver is first to report.

Romney, who has lost ground to President Barack Obama in a number of national and swing state polls this week, will make his first trip to Colorado since before the Republican National Convention last month.

He’ll be speaking Sunday afternoon at the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, which is located at 31001 Magnuson Avenue. The event is set to begin at 4:25 p.m.

After making his first campaign stops earlier this year in reliably red parts of this critical state, Romney has been stumping of late in the Denver suburbs, the critical bellwether counties in this swing state.

Pueblo, however, is a Democratic stronghold, home to a large Latino population and a Vestas plant that just laid off 90 employees.

President Obama campaigned in Pueblo during a four-stop, two-day Colorado campaign swing in August and highlighted Romney’s opposition to the wind energy Production Tax Credit that is stalled in Congress and forcing layoffs in the wind industry.

A poll released Thursday by OnSight Public Affairs and Project New America shows Obama leading Romney in Colorado by a margin of 49-44 percent.

Colorado offers the Romney campaign a major opportunity to put a state that went for Obama in 2008 in their win column on Election Night, and it’s increasingly critical as other states thought to be possible GOP pick-ups this time around — Pennsylvania and Michigan, namely — appear to be solidly blue once again.

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