Celebrities Campaign for President Obama in Grand Junction
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- This past Saturday was the only Saturday voters had the opportunity to participate in early voting.
Election officials say more Republicans have cast votes in Colorado so far.
Republicans account for 53 percent of the ballots cast, Democrats make up 20 percent, unaffiliated voters make up 26 percent and others make up 1 percent.
Local Democrats aren't standing down; they've been going door to door making sure their supporters are getting out and voting.
Karl Castleton, co-chair of the Mesa County Democrats, said, "We're in a very Republican part of this state. Really, if he [Obama] wins this state, it's just because of the hard work of people knocking doors."
Castleton thought he was the only one tackling one Grand Junction neighborhood Saturday, until he bumped into yet another like-minded canvasser, Bryce Carter.
Carter, a Sal Pace canvasser, recalled talking to a gentleman he met going door to door on Saturday. "It was a phenomenal conversation; he was a 90-year-old man that has seen politics. He understands that even though he's 90, you know, it's not going to matter what his vote does for him. He says it's so important for him to look at the future generation."
Democrats also hope that by bringing a celebrity presence to Grand Junction, both Democrats and unaffiliated numbers will increase.
Actor Stephanie March said, "My great grandmother founded Planned Parenthood of West Texas in 1938. She advocated the same things that are important to us today: an ability to make your own decisions about your own health care and family planning, and like I said, I can't imagine having access to poorer quality health care than a woman would've had in 1938."
Celebrities helped re-energize volunteers who have been working hard for months.
Actor Laurence Fishburne said, "The energy in that room is amazing; I mean the fact that all these people came from Utah to volunteer is astonishing; I mean, it's really inspiring."
"Mad Men" actor Jon Hamm said, "Everyone's got their day job and responsibilities and children and jobs, and the fact that we can come here and bolster that enthusiasm is inspiring to me."
Neither party is backing down as we get closer to Election Day.
Both Republicans and Democrats are coming out strong in proportion to their populations in Mesa County.
However, it looks like some of those unaffiliated votes are still up for grabs, as that is the lowest voting demographic that has shown up so far compared to its size.