Ron Paul, Rick Santorum Make Campaign Stops In Colorado On Day Of Florida Primary

01/31/2012 12:34 pm ET

Presidential candidates Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are both making campaign stops in Colorado this morning just hours before the Florida precincts close at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. eastern time.

HuffPost reporter Mark Blumenthal reports that most polls released Sunday and Monday have reported Mitt Romney with a comfortable lead over Gingrich, with Santorum and Paul trailing respectively behind. According to the HuffPost Pollster chart, Santorum and Paul are racing much more closely and are separated by as little as 1.1 percentage points in polls available late Monday.

Paul was scheduled to speak at a 10 a.m. town hall this morning at Colorado State University's Lory Student Center before making a stop at Denver's Renaissance Hotel for a rally at noon. At 2 p.m. Paul is also slated to speak at the Colorado Jet Center in Colorado Springs.

"Dr. Paul's engagement with supporters and undecided voters just a week in advance of the caucus promises to help us achieve a competitive showing," Matthew Holdridge, the campaign's state director told the Denver Post.

Santorum is only scheduled for one stop at the Long Tree Golf Club Lounge in Lone Tree this morning at 10, but is scheduled to make four stops across Colorado Wednesday with another stop at the Colorado School of Mines on Saturday. The Associated Press reports that Santorum will make an evening stop at the Tea Party headquarters and Republicans Uniting Nevada Conservatives in Las Vegas on Tuesday evening. Romney is also scheduled to make a campaign stop in Grand Junction over the weekend.

"The Republican party here is excited to have the various GOP candidates come to Colorado to compete in our caucuses," Colorado's Republican party Chairman Ryan Call said in a statement.

The state's republican party holds its caucuses one week from today, on Feb. 7 for the next battleground.

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