Western Colorado, virtually ignored in the 2004 Presidential election was thrust into the national spotlight.
In September, then Democratic Nominee Barack Obama made a surprise stop in Grand Junction at Cross Orchards Living History Farm for over 5,000 supporters. It was the first stop for a presidential candidate in over sixty years.
Sarah Palin followed in October for a rally at Suplizio Field that was marked by protests. Hank Williams Jr opened for the Alaskan Govenor who spoke before an estimated 10,000 supporters. Outside, protestors made national news by throwing themselves in front of Palin's motorcade.
On Election Day, Presidential Nominee John McCain made a short stop at Grand Junction Regional airport to rally the troops.
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