National politics are heating up on the Western Slope.
Within six days of each other, both Mitt Romney and President Obama will hold campaign events on this side of Colorado.
For all those following the race, this is a chance to get more support for their candidate.
"I’m excited to hear what President Obama has to say about his continual plans for the future and what he thinks about Colorado in particular," Voter Martelle Daniels said.
"I think it’s just great that Governor Romney is coming back and we're going to have an opportunity to see him," Ruth Ehlers, with Mesa County Republican Party, said.
"This is very important to both candidates and I think we're kind of center stage here in Colorado," Voter Rick Baer said.
Mitt Romney will be in Basalt Thursday afternoon, supported by a group of Republican governors.
Ehlers says, "These governors are all people who have been very successful in their leadership of their states. This is demonstrating their confidence in Governor Romney and his ability to show great leadership in turning our country around."
Then next Wednesday, August 8th, President Obama will be in Grand Junction.
"We’re part of the state that he's really interested in talking to,” Karl Castleton, with Mesa County Democrats, said. “We have a larger number of Independents in Mesa County than even Democrats and I think he really is trying to speak to the whole group Democrats, Independent, and thoughtful Republicans."
Both Republican and Democrat political parties say they aren't surprised the candidates are coming to the Western Slope.
"A vote on this side of the state counts for him just as well as a vote in any other part of the state," Castleton said.
"Mesa County has a reputation for being a pretty strong county in the state and it has a big effect on the outcome of Colorado’s election,” Ehlers said.
Mitt Romney will be at Basalt High School Thursday.
The event starts at 3:15pm and doors open at 2pm.
The Obama campaign hasn't announced where the Grand Junction rally will be held or at what time.