Hillary Clinton drops by Union Station with Udall

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DENVER -- Colorado Sen. Mark Udall may not want to be seen with the current president, but he seemed more than happy to appear with the woman who is the odds-on favorite to be the next one.

Udall, a Democrat fighting hard to stave off a strong challenge from GOP Congressman Cory Gardner, appeared with former Secretary of State and increasingly likely 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Monday afternoon when the pair dropped into Union Station.

Shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries with tourists and shopkeepers, Clinton and Udall bought themselves a coffee at PigTrain Coffee Company -- the former First Lady was notably impressed with the barista's rendering of a pig in foamy, steamed milk -- and made small talk about the renovated Union Station and the 2014 midterm elections, set to be resolved in just 22 days.

After posing for a "selfie" with a young woman, Hillary encouraged her to "please vote for my friend, Mark Udall, for the Senate."

That scene repeated itself several times, as crowds gathered around Clinton, asking for pictures, hugs and offering congratulations on the birth of her first granddaughter earlier this month.

Udall, who lingered at Clinton's side or just behind her as she greeted the crowd, reminded people that ballots are being mailed out this week and that he is seeking their vote.

After 20 or so minutes inside Union Station, Udall walked Clinton out to a car waiting for her on Wynkoop Street and gave her a hug before parting ways.

Clinton had appeared with Udall earlier Monday at a private fundraiser at the Brown Palace Hotel.

Public and private tracking polls mostly show the race well within any statistical margin of error, although there is a slight trend of late that seems to favor Gardner, who won the coveted Denver Post endorsement on Friday.

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