YESTERYEAR: Rising star Barack Obama fills Aurora plaza for Perlmutter rally

Author: Ernest Luning - October 27, 2016 - Updated: November 26, 2016

Ten Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … An estimated 1,300 people crowded a plaza in Aurora to cheer Illinois Sen. Barack Obama at a rally for Democratic congressional candidate Ed Perlmutter, who was running against Republican Rick O’Donnell for the seat being vacated by GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez.

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Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.