CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4)– First Lady Michelle Obama completed her two-day campaign around Colorado with a stop at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. She spoke to about 3,800 supporters Thursday afternoon.

In battleground states like Colorado, Mrs. Obama can help her husband stay in the spotlight with voters.

“We are steadily moving this country forward and making real, meaningful change,” said Obama.

President Obama and Michelle were in Denver last week for his lackluster performance in the first presidential debate at the University of Denver.

A CBS/New York Times poll by Quinnipiac University out Thursday showed Romney surging in Colorado and edging the president, 48 percent to 47 percent, within the poll’s margin of error.

WEB EXTRA: Michelle Obama Campaigns In Douglas County

This week, Michelle Obama visited Fountain, a city south of Colorado Springs, and also headlined an event in Durango Wednesday.

Obama told crowds that this year’s race will be closer than it was four years ago when President Obama became the first Democrat since 1992 to carry Colorado.

She urged supporters to spend the final days leading up to the election making sure newly registered voters turn in ballots.

“This journey is going to be hard,” said Obama.

At all three stops, Michelle Obama talked up the president’s first term. She argued that the economy has improved since her husband took office, that the health care overhaul has improved the lives of Americans and that college students have been helped by expanded Pell grants.

“All our hard work, all the progress we’ve made, it’s all on the line,” she said.

Part of the appeal of having first ladies campaign is they can not only focus on some issues important to voters but also share personal stories.

“What truly made me fall in love with Barack Obama was his heart,” said Michelle at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Thursday morning. “I loved that Barack was so devoted to his family, especially the women in his life.”

Political analysts believe that Michelle, like many first ladies, is more popular than the president.


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