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First lady in Denver to rally with Udall

October 23, 2014 Updated: October 23, 2014 at 9:22 am
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photo - First lady Michelle Obama, center, joins Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken, left,  and Minnesota Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, right, at a get-out-the-vote rally at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
First lady Michelle Obama, center, joins Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken, left, and Minnesota Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, right, at a get-out-the-vote rally at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt) 

First lady Michelle Obama is in Denver to stump with embattled U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat who Republicans have targeted in their effort to take over the Senate.

Obama will speak Thursday afternooon at an event in the redeveloping River North (RiNo) Arts District just north of downtown Denver. Then she will head to Fort Collins for a second rally at Colorado State University.

Udall has been accused of trying to distance himself from the Obama administration this election in part because of the president's dwindling approval rating in national polls.

But the events Thursday are clearly events for Udall marking a change since President Barack Obama last visited Denver and Udall didn't attend.

Udall is in a race against Congressman Cory Gardner, a Republican from Yuma. Polls show the election is neck and neck even as Colorado voters begin returning their mail in ballots.

Obama was in Iowa and Minnesota on Tuesday rallying with other Senate Democrats facing tough Republican challengers.

Check back with The Gazette for coverage of the events this afternoon.

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