Why are they holding a Republican debate in Boulder anyway?

Dems outnumber GOP in Boulder County more than 2-1

BOULDER, Colo. - Colorado is a narrowly divided purple state, but that isn't the case in Boulder County where Democrats drastically outnumber Republicans. So why is the next Republican Debate being held there?

The debate is scheduled Wednesday, October 28 at 6 p.m. According to CNBC, the network broadcasting the debate from the Coors Event Center at CU-Boulder, the theme of the discussion will be national economic issues including jobs, taxes and the budget deficit.

But Boulder doesn't exactly have a reputation for suit-and-tie wearing bankers. In fact, the stereotype is probably as far from that image as a city can get.

It is probably no surprise to you that Democrats outnumber Republicans by a wide margin in Boulder County. Forty percent of the registered voters there are Democrats, but the latest numbers from the Secretary of State show only 18 percent are Republican.

Meanwhile, the latest data shows registered Republicans outnumber registered Democrats in Colorado -- but only by one percent. And that includes both the active and inactive voters.

What's more, Boulder County has one of the lowest rates of active voters in the state. State records show 77 percent of registered voters in that county are active, making it one of the six counties out of Colorado’s 64 that has fewer than 80 percent of voters considered active.

So why did the GOP and CNBC select Boulder for this debate?

Here is one consideration that was certainly a factor in the university's decision to host the event:

Back in 2012, when the University of Denver hosted the presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, estimates valued the publicity generated for the school at approximately $55 million.

"This type of coverage helps increase broad recognition of CU-Boulder's name and extends the reputation of our university," CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano wrote in a statement earlier this month.

CU is footing the bill for several expenses as the host of the debate, including the venue rental, police and security.

A CNBC spokesperson sent this comment on the subject to 7NEWS:

"CNBC was always interested in Colorado because it has grown into a battleground state for the race to the White House. With regard to the venue, we were looking to host the debate not only at a facility that could manage the logistics of such a large event, but also at a university, as we did in 2011, and the University of Colorado Boulder was a great fit.”

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