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Ticket prices for Pence speech in Denver lowered after sluggish sales

Ticket prices for Pence speech in Denver lowered after sluggish sales
Posted at 2:36 PM, Oct 18, 2017

DENVER – Tickets to see Vice President Mike Pence speak in Denver later this month are cheaper than they were a week ago, as the state Republican party has had trouble filling the room.

The Colorado Republican Party’s chairman, Jeff Hays, sent out an email Wednesday morning that said, “Due to popular demand, we have made more tickets available at a lower price.” Further down in the email, an RSVP notification says RSVPs are required by Oct. 24 “due to limited space.”

When the Oct. 26 event at the Denver Marriott Tech Center was announced, the cheapest ticket for an individual was set at $275. But Wednesday, the price for the same ticket had been lowered to $150.

A $275 ticket will get a couple open seating at the reception or a single person a reserved seat. Tickets go up in price from there.

An individual ticket for the VIP reception costs $1,500, while a co-host ticket costs $5,000 and a chairman host ticket costs $10,000.

State party spokesman Daniel Cole told our news partners at The Denver Post that the party “couldn’t fill the large room at that ticket level,” and that some had said the tickets were “too expensive.”

And Colorado Republican Committee Executive Director Shana Banberger followed up with another email, which said attendance was still expected to exceed 400 people, "despite inaccurate reporting."

Banberger also said the GOP would allow grassroots activists to attend on the general ticket level, and said the Pence event would be their "largest event."

"This will be a fantastic event for the party and the vice president is a huge draw," Banberger said in a statement.

The event featuring Pence runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26.