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McCain addresses Denver GOP

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and his wife Cindy McCain react to the crowd at a rally in Robarts Arena during the "Joe the Plumber" Bus Tour in Sarasota, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

DENVER, Colorado ” Colorado Republicans urged a raucous Denver crowd Friday to do everything possible to elect John McCain in the presidential campaign’s critical last days.

“I’m asking you for the next 10 days to do something to elect John McCain,” said former Gov. Bill Owens, telling people to knock on doors, call their neighbors and put up yard signs.

“Can you do that for John McCain?” asked Owens, and hundreds of people at Denver’s National Western Complex erupted in cheers.

McCain was visiting Denver, Colorado Springs and Durango on Friday in must-win Colorado, which has nine electoral votes. Some polls suggest McCain trails Democrat Barack Obama by as many as 5 percentage points in the state.

Also joining McCain in Denver was former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway, who became known as the king of last-minute comebacks.

“It’s the fourth quarter. We need points on the board,” said Republican state Sen. Shawn Mitchell of Broomfield. “John Elway did it time and time again.”

Retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard urged the crowd to do all it can to elect fellow GOP member Bob Schaffer to fill his seat. Polls show Schaffer losing to Democratic Rep. Mark Udall.

“Colorado’s electoral votes are the votes that will elect the next president of the United States,” Schaffer said, reminding people that Ronald Reagan won here, as well as President Bush. “We need to do it again this year.”

Obama is expected to visit Colorado on Sunday

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