(CNN)—Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan launched a three week “Victory 2008 Tour” Wednesday, aimed at catalyzing grassroots efforts for Republican candidates across the map by targeting key fall battleground states for the Presidential and Senate races.
The tour will travel to key states,’ including Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Florida, and North Carolina, where Duncan will meet with local GOP leaders to discuss the Republican strategy and work on increasing the party’s voter registration.
“I am excited to meet with the grassroots activists, state leaders, and enthusiastic volunteers who are devoting their time and energy to elect John McCain and Republicans nationwide this November,” Duncan said. “These are the individuals who will ensure Republican success on Election Day by carrying out our strategy and message surrounding John McCain’s positive vision for the future of our nation.”
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean embarked on his own cross-country tour last week to encourage voters to unite around Democratic candidates and presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama.
According to the latest CNN electoral map findings, Michigan, Ohio, New Hampshire and Florida are currently a toss up between John McCain and Barack Obama, with Wisconsin and Pennsylvania leaning Democratic. McCain is favored in North Carolina. Ohio, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and North Carolina are also proving to be battleground states on the Congressional level as well.
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At a Democratic National Committee press briefing Wednesday, York Senator Chuck Schumer identified the race in North Carolina between sitting Republican Senator Elizabeth Dole and state Senator Kay Hagan as “close” if not “even,” claiming more states are moving in the Democratic direction across the map.
“It’s a real advantage to have Obama on the ticket,” Schumer said in terms of the Senate races because he has been a “big help in the deep south,” including Mississippi and North Carolina.