Fresh off a strong finish in the Iowa caucuses, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is planning to hold a town hall in Aurora later this month, ahead of Colorado's presidential primary.
The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, will be making his second visit to the state since launching his candidacy as the Democrats start to shift focus to the 14 states and territories that vote on March 3, known as "Super Tuesday."
The town hall is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at a location to be announced in Aurora, according to the Buttigieg campaign's website.
Mail ballots start going out to Colorado voters Monday. For the first time, unaffiliated voters will be able to vote in either of the major parties' presidential primaries.
Buttigieg and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are locked in a photo finish in Iowa, the state that kicked off the nominating process this week, after that state's Democratic Party encountered difficulties reporting and tabulating results from caucuses.
The Associated Press said Thursday that it is unable to declare a winner amid what it termed irregularities and "evidence the party has not accurately tabulated some of its results."
Buttigieg on Saturday drew fire from Joe Biden, who finished fourth in the Iowa caucuses and has been vying with the 38-year-old for dominance in the primary's moderate lane.
A Biden ad compares the former vice president's record — including helping pass the Affordable Care Act and saving the auto industry — with Buttigieg's accomplishments leading the Indiana city with a population of 102,000, such as "install[ing] decorative lights under bridges" and making it easier for residents to equip their pets with microchips.
“While Washington politics trivializes what goes in communities like South Bend, South Bend residents who have better jobs, rising income, and new life in their city don’t think their lives are a Washington politician’s punchline," said Chris Meagher, Buttigieg's national press secretary, in a statement.
Buttigieg filled a Denver concert venue in January for a small-dollar fundraiser and also raised money at a pricier event the same night at a private home.
Several of the other leading Democratic White House hopefuls have drawn crowds in Colorado, including a visit by billionaire Michael Bloomberg to a field office in Denver last weekend, a Sanders rally in Denver's Civic Center in September and an April town hall in Aurora held by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
On the Republican ticket, President Trump plans to campaign in Colorado Springs on Feb. 20.