What was U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn doing campaigning at CU Boulder on Election Day?

Colorado Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn, looking to make up ground on Election Day in his uphill battle against Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet, visited the University of Colorado Boulder. It was an unexpected stop.

Youth voters generally lean heavily Democratic, and campaigns working an early voting state like Colorado typically dedicate the whole last month before Election Day not to winning over voters nor even to persuading undecided voters, but rather to simply spurring their supporters to cast ballots.

But Glenn, always brimming with bravado, hasn’t run a typical campaign. He has run for statewide office the same way he ran and won a crowded Republican Party this spring: by delivering hardline conservative speeches to mostly hardline conservative crowds —  speeches in which he railed against President Obama, touted his Christian values and argued against political compromise.

Glenn wandered through the student union. He stepped into the sun outside of the student polling center in front of sign prohibiting electioneering. He looked around. An aide took his arm.

“Why CU Boulder, today?”

“We go wherever we need to go,” he said, laughing. “We’re getting our message out and differentiating ourselves from the opponent.”

He said he felt good about the last stretch.

“I’m going to be the Tuesday night shocker — the Tuesday night shocker.”

Photo by John Tomasic