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DENVER -- Democrats and Republicans not being shy as they campaign for your vote. Here in Denver, several GOP candidates take the stage for this year's Western Conservative Summit this weekend.

Several presidential hopefuls are among those candidates at the Sixth Annual Western Conservative Summit. The Republican candidates are fired up, and so are Colorado conservatives.

Some 4,000 people from 40 states were in attendance at the Colorado Convention Center Friday and Saturday to see a crowded field make their case for a 2016 presidential bid.

"Politically speaking, we're probably in the most critical time right now. This 2016 election is probably going to be a make or break for this nation," said Arthur Dubus, a Colorado conservative voter.

Stumping in Colorado through the weekend, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina.

"We're trying out to be the quarterback of the football team for the Republicans. All of us want to be the quarterback, we want to call the plays," said Huckabee. "We need to get that job done by earning it, playing a better game than the other guys and not breaking the logs of the other people who are trying out."

Top contenders former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul didn't make the trip to Denver, the trio campaigning elsewhere.

"Colorado used to be considered fly-over country. They dismissed Denver as 'Cow town,'" said John Andrews, Western Conservative Summit Chariman. "Can't do it anymore."

This past week has been tough on conservatives: The United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Obamacare and overturned a ban on same sex marriage.

"The Western Conservative Summit mood as I read it is a sense of concern that this would've been better handled by people voting in legislatures or at the ballot box rather than by judges," said Andrews.

Those issues now in the past as conservatives look ahead to 2016.

"If they can join together and come up with one good candidate, we'll be fine," said Ellie Avis, a Colorado conservative. "If they bicker amongst themselves too much and split the party, we're going to be in deep trouble."

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker hasn't announced his intention to run yet, but did address the Western Conservative Summit attendees on Saturday night.

A presidential conservative straw poll is being conducted at the Summit; Those results will be revealed tomorrow afternoon.

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