- The Washington Times - Friday, May 2, 2014

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is scheduled to head to Colorado later this month to attend a fundraiser for Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, the Denver Post reported.

Mr. Udall is running against GOP Rep. Cory Gardner in a race that was seen as reasonably safe for the incumbent at the start of the year but one that Republicans are hoping they can push into the top tier of competitive races with Mr. Gardner’s announcing his entrance into the race in February.

A recent poll from Quinnipiac University gave Mr. Udall a statistically insignificant 45 percent to 44 percent lead over Mr. Gardner.

The reported trip would also give Mr. Biden, who is pondering a presidential run, a chance to visit a state that both parties will likely target in 2016. President Obama carried Colorado in both 2008 and 2012, but he took about 53 percent of the vote in 2008 and 51.5 percent in 2012, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.