Barack Obama visits Colorado Springs Wednesday for several scheduled events.
He started with a speech Wednesday morning at UCCS.
Following that speaking event, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee will head to USNORTHCOM / NORAD for a tour and briefing with top command. Wednesday night, Obama will hold a fund-raiser at the Broadmoor. The tickets are priced at $1,000 per head, which means the Obama campaign could raise upwards of $250,000.
Colorado has been shaping up to a be a key swing state in this year's general election. Democrats, Republicans, and Independents each make up roughly a third of the electorate. However, voters have been giving more jobs, such as the role of governor, to Democrats in the past few years.
Governor Bill Ritter, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, said that Senator Obama has a "great opportunity" to win in Colorado in November. Ritter partially attributes Obama's chances in the Centennial state to his standing among Hispanic voters, but the junior Senator from Illinois will likely need more than that to walk with Colorado's electoral votes.
Gov. Ritter has also said that Coloradans are sick of the current situation in Washington, and that in itself, could be enough to swing voters into Obama's corner.
Regardless of how they go about it, both presidential candidates will have to fight for the support of Independent voters if they want to win in Colorado, as well as in every swing state across the country.