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Donald Trump to host campaign rally Monday at Budweiser Events Center in northern Colorado

Nate A. Miller
nmiller@greeleytribune.com

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will make an appearance Monday in northern Colorado.

Trump is slated to host a rally at the Budweiser Events Center, 5290 Arena Circle in Loveland, at 6 p.m., according to his campaign website.

No details about the visit were immediately available. However, in a news release, the Trump campaign said his visit comes in the context of a tightening race in Colorado.

"The recent polls have shown us time and time again that Colorado is very much in play for this election. Mr. Trump's visit on Monday proves he will continue to earn the trust of Colorado voters between now and election day," Patrick Davis, Colorado senior adviser for the Trump campaign, said in the release.

The news caused a stir among Republicans in Weld County, who were excited to hear the news, said Justin Buxman, the first vice president of the Weld County Republican Party. Buxman said he was excited, too, but his thoughts were for his home county.

"I wish it was in Weld County," Buxman joked. "We have a Salute the Veterans — Celebrate America event the previous day in Weld County, and we were hoping Trump would show up to that, but I guess the schedule just worked better for them to be in Loveland the next day."

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Still, Buxman said he's glad to see the northern portion of the state get a little attention in the presidential race.

"It's about time one of the presidential candidates gets up to northern Colorado," he said.

Trump's visit comes as part of a renewed investment by his campaign in the state, which now appears to be in play. A Quinnipiac University poll of battleground states, which was released Sept. 22, showed the race effectively tied in Colorado.

The poll shows Clinton with 44 percent support, Trump has 42 percent, while Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson garners 10 percent. The margin of error for the poll of 644 likely Colorado voters, which was conducted between Sept. 13-21, is 3.9 percentage points. In a two-way race between only Clinton and Trump, the two are tied with 47 percent, the poll found.

Other public polls have also showed the race for Colorado to be a virtual tie.

The Trump campaign is expected to purchase $2.5 million in television ads in Colorado through Election Day, The Denver Post reported on Wednesday. To date, his campaign has purchased more than $750,000 in air time, according to a tally of new Federal Communications Commission records made public this week.

Trump's visit to the Budweiser Events Center won't be his first. In 2005, when Trump was a nationally known real estate mogul and reality TV personality, he made an appearance at the center as part of a business event called Bixpo. He spoke for 90 minutes, sharing stories of the big deals he'd made and offering advice. His core message at that time was: Love what you do, never give up, think big, stay focused, be paranoid (even your best friend might be looking to fleece you if you don't pay attention), don't lose momentum, go against the tide, be passionate, get the best people and trust them — but watch them, be lucky, get even (When someone screws you, screw them back 10 times harder), and always have a prenuptial agreement.

Buxman said the reaction among members of the Weld County Republican Party to the news that Trump would return to the region as a presidential candidate has been all positive.

"I think it will help immensely on the energy level of the ground campaign," he said.

Tickets

The Donald Trump rally Monday at The Budweiser Events Center is slated to start at 6 p.m., but doors will open at 3 p.m. Ticket information can be found here.