Hillary Clinton back on the air in Colorado with one week to go

Clinton at Galvanize (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has a made a “six-figure” television ad buy in Colorado in the final week of her presidential campaign, the Denver Post reports, after staying off the air for most of the summer and fall.

Campaign representatives told the Post there will be two ads, both of which attack the temperament of Donald Trump, and they will air in the Denver, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction markets. They put the size of the ad buy at “six figures.”

Independent journalist Sandra Fish went through the filings Tuesday morning and found $506,000 in spending on 456 slots on three stations.

The ad buy comes as polls show a tightening race even as Democrats continue to hold a steady lead in early voting.

Clinton’s Colorado director Emmy Ruiz said the decision to go back on the air doesn’t reflect concern about holding the state for Clinton but is intended to help congressional candidates.

“We have a robust lead in ballots returned, but Colorado Democrats have competitive races to win across the state. And Hillary Clinton is committed to electing progressives up and down the ballot to make a real difference for families in Colorado,” Ruiz told the Post.

The Trump campaign, of course, saw the move differently.

“It is obvious that the Clinton campaign is running scared. The good people of Colorado like what they see and hear from Donald Trump and reject the 30 years of failed policies and constant scandals Hillary Clinton has given them. America will be great again when Donald Trump is president,” Patrick Davis, a Trump senior adviser, told the Post.

Trump was in Lakewood and Greeley over the weekend, and his running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be in Loveland on Wednesday.

Chelsea Clinton, Hillary Clinton’s daughter, is in Aurora Tuesday and Boulder Wednesday making the case for her mother.

A CBS/YouGov poll of battleground states released this weekend shows Clinton three points ahead of Trump in Colorado among likely voters, 42 percent to 39 percent. That’s a tighter race than the eight-point lead Quinnipiac University gave Clinton in mid-October, before the FBI said it was looking at a new set of emails found on the computer of Anthony Weiner, soon-to-be ex-husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin, to see if they have any relevance to its previous investigation of Clinton’s private email server.

The CBS/YouGov poll found that 1 percent of voters said the new email investigation made them less likely to vote for Clinton, compared to how they felt in mid-October, while 6 percent said it might change their vote, depending on what information was uncovered. The FBI has said it probably won’t learn very much in the short time between its announcement Friday and Nov. 8.

While Clinton is still favored to win, the tightening vote in several swing states led FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver to bump up Trump’s chances, including the uncomfortable possibility that Trump could lose the popular vote while prevailing in the electoral college.

 

Erica Meltzer

Author: Erica Meltzer

Erica Meltzer covers government and politics. She's worked for newspapers in Colorado, Arizona and Illinois and once won a First Amendment Award by showing up in the wrong place at the wrong time. She served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay and can swear fluently in Guarani. She gets emotional about public libraries. Contact Erica Meltzer at 303-502-2802, emeltzer@denverite.com or @meltzere.