Jeb Bush to headline Colorado GOP rally in election’s final week

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, seen here in an image from a TV ad now running in Colorado, will appear in Douglas County later this month to rally support for Colorado Republicans.

DENVER — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will headline a rally in Douglas County later this month to rally support for U.S. Senate hopeful Cory Gardner, gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez and the rest of the GOP slate, FOX31 Denver is first to report Saturday.

Bush, who has yet to announce whether he’ll run for president in 2016, will appear at the Douglas County Fairgrounds for a rally organized by the Colorado GOP on October 29, six days before the election ends.

It’s expected that Colorado’s competitive U.S. Senate race could decide the balance of power in Washington; and polls show the contest between Gardner and Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, and the governor’s race between Beauprez and Gov. John Hickenlooper, to be very close.

Bush, a symbol of the GOP establishment, not the party’s more conservative Tea Party wing, has stronger support than most Republicans from Hispanic voters, a critical and fast-growing voting bloc in Colorado and the country as a whole.

Bush has already cut a Spanish-languange TV ad in support of Gardner that is now airing in Denver and Colorado Springs.

Udall has already had a number of prominent surrogates come to Colorado on his behalf, including President Obama (Udall skipped his Denver fundraiser in July), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was here last week and will be returning again this month and Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachussetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

First Lady Michelle Obama will also visit Colorado to campaign for Udall later this month.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has campaigned for Beauprez twice already and is scheduled to be back in Colorado for a fundraiser on Monday, although no public events are scheduled.

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