GOP helping McCain effort to close gap in Colorado with ad buys

DENVER (AP) -- John McCain is trying to make up ground in Colorado today, as Republican party steps in to help with ad buys in the state.

Recent polls show Barack Obama with a 5 point lead in the state, but McCain and his aides seem convinced that his "Joe the Plumber" criticisms of Obama tax policies could be closing the gap.

While the McCain campaign has cut back its ad spending in Colorado this week, the difference has been more than made up by the Republican National Committee. Obama is still slightly outspending the combined McCain-RNC effort, according to a firm that tracks political advertising.

McCain has rallies scheduled in Denver, Colorado Springs and Durango today. The state voted for President Bush in the last two elections.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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