Ticket prices to see Pence in Colorado plummet because of low demand

By Sara Shayanian  |  Oct. 19, 2017 at 11:09 AM
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Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Ticket prices to a Colorado Republican Party event featuring Vice President Mike Pence have plummeted due to a struggle to sell seats.

Pence, the headliner for the event, was supposed to be a part of the Colorado Republican Committee's "largest event" and would serve as a "huge draw," Colorado Republican Committee executive director Shana Banberger told KMGH.

However, ticket prices originally set at $275 are now $150. A couple can now also attend the event in a 2-for-1 deal for the original single-ticket price of $275.

Colorado Republican Party Chairman Jeff Hays wrote about the ticket price decrease in an email Wednesday: "Due to popular demand, we have made more tickets available at a new lower price," the the Denver Post reported.

Despite the claim, the invitations say space is limited, and party spokesman Daniel Cole clarified that many people couldn't afford to see Pence.

"We couldn't fill the large room at that ticket level," Cole said.

Party leaders initially estimated the event would bring in 800 people, however, that estimate is now down to 400.

"I think it's another indication of a lack of enthusiasm - right on the heels of a weak fundraising quarter for Republican candidates in Colorado," A Colorado Democratic Party spokesman, Eric Walker said.

But Cole noted that Republicans never expected to sell out because of the size of the room. He also disregarded the claim that the poor ticket sales were a reflection on President Donald Trump, Pence or their administration.

The event will take place Oct. 26 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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