Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is signaling, even before the Democratic primary formally wraps up, that he intends to fight this fall for Western states that narrowly went Republican four years ago.
Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada aren't definitely Democratic blue or Republican red. Instead, political junkies refer to them as "purple states."
The Obama campaign hopes anger at President Bush, plus changing demographics as new voters move to the region, will nudge those states into the Democratic column.
Obama talked about veterans issues in New Mexico on the first day of his swing through the West. Next is a discussion of the housing crisis amid the sprawl of Las Vegas.
Tomorrow, Obama will hold a town hall meeting at a Colorado school.