October 22 2004, 10:30 AM
How do you know Colorado is a big banana in the Presidential election? Because of who's coming to town one week before E-day. We have nine electoral college votes and President Bush thinks they are important enough to make a campaign stop Monday in Greeley at the Island Grove Regional Park Events Center. Greeley? No presidential has campaigned in Greeley in 70 years.
"It's a recognition that Weld County plays an important role in electing the president," said Sean Conway, chief of staff for Republican U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard. "It is not only the fastest-growing county in the state, but one of the fastest in the nation."Could Bush's visit also be an attempt to shore up support for Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, who's considered a safe bet but whose poll numbers have declined from where they were the last time the two ran against each other?
In June, a Ridder/Braden poll showed Musgrave barely ahead, 48 percent to 45 percent. Compare that to a Ciruli Associates poll before the pair's last race: It showed Musgrave leading by 18 percentage points.If you're interested in seeing President Bush, here's the info:
Tickets will first go to supporters and "those with an open mind who want to respectfully hear what he has to say." Any remaining seats will be offered to the general public. Tickets are available at the Weld County Republican headquarters, 831 11th St., Greeley, and at the Loveland Republican Headquarters, 1714 E. Topaz Drive.