October 3rd, 2008
11:00 AM ET
10 years ago

McCain’s Michigan decision is felt down-ballot

McCain pulled out of Michigan.

McCain pulled out of Michigan.

(CNN) – John McCain’s decision to pull out of Michigan prompted the state Republican Party chairman to issue a desperate plea Friday for donations to help fund political activities the presidential campaign would likely have shouldered.

“I won’t sugar coat it; the McCain Campaign’s decision to pull out of Michigan is a tough blow,” Saul Anuzis, chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, wrote in an email fundraising solicitation to Republicans. “But we cannot let it deter us.”

The latest CNN poll of Michigan voters, released late last month, suggested Obama was holding on to his edge over McCain in the fight for the state’s 17 electoral votes. Among likely voters, Obama held a 5 point lead, 51 percent to 46 percent; among the larger sample of registered voters, the lead was 7 points. Obama had a 4 point advantage in the previous CNN poll in Michigan, conducted at the beginning of September.

Michigan has voted for the Democratic candidate in the last four presidential contests, though John Kerry's winning margin there over President Bush in 2004 was just 3 points.

McCain aides acknowledged Thursday that the campaign was shifting resources and money out of Michigan and directing them to states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maine, among others. Anuzis said that McCain’s decision not to contest the state “leaves a tremendous hole in our ground campaign that we must now fill” in its fight for congressional, judicial, and state-level candidates.

In a note to supporters posted on the state party’s Web site, Anuzis disputed the McCain camp’s assessment of the Republican ticket’s chances in the state. The McCain campaign, he wrote, believes that “Other states ‘today’ offer a better opportunity for the campaign and they decided to shift their strategy. We do NOT agree.

“Michigan Republicans kicked into overdrive last night. We had a series of conference calls and meetings with activists and donors, coming up with our own plan on how to implement a ‘Michigan strategy’ for McCain and the rest of our ticket,” he said. “We will have a revised plan in effect by next week and are NOT conceding an inch to the Obama campaign or any Democrats in Michigan. This is a battleground state, the numbers always tighten up and we will bring the McCain campaign back to Michigan by our own efforts statewide.”

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soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Beverly, NYC

    Maybe Lynn Rothchild will write a check for the Republican shortfall.

    October 3, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Credit Card Republicans

    And thanks for teaching the Viet Cong how to speak english John,I bet that sure helped them in their interogations.

    October 3, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. michael

    Politics is a huge game where "PERCEPTION" reigns supreme...I think the perception now is that McCain is starting a down slide from which he will have a very very hard time recovering from with only 4 weeks to go..pulling out of Michigan sends a huge message of "perception" to other states on the fence. I think this is another huge mistake ....to announce this publicly like that.

    October 3, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. Susan, Newport

    Since I am not a lesbian, I was not impressed by Sara Palin's winking
    and "enticing" charm. I was more interested in the issues in which
    Joe Biden had command of , whereas Palin seemed to be reciting
    partially from memory, and notes, from which she was throwing the
    same points at different questions. What irks me the most is
    her smart alecky demeanor to which her knowlege of the facts don't
    match. I will vote Obama / Biden.

    October 3, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. Karen

    Haters of Obama, don't blame him for what the leaders in your state did. If they did not move the primary dates your votes would have counted like everyone else. Take your issue up with the leaders of Michigan who failed you and didn't care what the outcome would be. You can't cry foul when things are not going your way.

    Palin is not qualified to be VP and I believe they are better qualified people to be the Gov. of Alaska. She identifies with everyone just like her. The world is not made up of people that looks and believes like her and it is shameful to ignore the rest of America. I am not a hockey mom but I am a mother of 3 beautiful children who will only hurt under a McCain/Palin administration.

    October 3, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Amy from Michigan

    I've never been more proud of my state.

    October 3, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Ibsaa Dhugasaa

    This will be an indication of GOP melt down, wait a little bit more time will come to pull from many states like MN, OH MO WI FL VA and mant other states.

    October 3, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. chas alabama

    I just can't understand why so many people hate America so much that they would vote for McCain,.

    October 3, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. EyesWideOpen

    In regard to the comment left by "Noah", the Drudge Report is not considered the best place for news. In fact all it does is link to legitimate news sites. The Drudge Report is just a tool of right wing clowns.
    As for as that poll "Noah" refers to, those results were posted on Drudge before the debate was even over! The debate was literally only half way done when those poll results were posted! Gimme a break! Drudge is a joke! I dare you to ever find more that one positive story about democrats on that site.

    October 3, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. JC


    The Drudge Report as a respected source of news? Really? If you truly believe that (and I suspect you don't), then I am extremely frightened. The poll on that website is an internet poll that you can vote in as many times as you like (hardly scientific and statistically unsound) and has already shifted to 70-28 since you posted your comment. Every other survey/poll/etc. gives the victory to Biden.

    October 3, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. GF

    This race is SOOOOOOOOO over!!!

    No way, No how, No McCain/palin!!!!!!

    October 3, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. SD

    Palin go hide under a rock

    Palin didn't answer any questions at all.......all she did was give a lot of "feel good" talk with flowery language. How UNpresidential did she look by winking? She is a joke! She is an extremist, a liar, gosh-darn....dare I say....a hillbilly!

    October 3, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Greg

    Look at what has happened in New Orleans/ Katrina and Detroit/ mayor with black administrations there is no question the temptation for corruption is way to great! Obama will be the same only on a bigger scope and a bigger joke if elected.

    October 3, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Carl from MI

    Hurray for my state!! Woohoo!!! Our economy here in this state is in the dumps, in part due to the slumping automotive industry and the balance of the blame goes to the BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S FAILED POLICIES!!

    We Michiganders don't buy into McCain recently becoming an agent of change... we don't buy into his fake outrage on the subject of lipstick on a pig... and we definitely don't buy into Sarah Palin being intelligent enough and experienced enough to be a few heartbeats away from becoming POTUS. She's a joke... and we Michiganders know it and see right through her being a big, fat phony!!


    October 3, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Retirement Home

    The "ONLY" White House John McCain is going to is the Old Folks home for retirement. This dude is really screwy. Every day there is a new story about something impulsive he has done with his campaign. It almost to hard to keep up. This is if any one wants to.
    I am starting to feel sorry for McCain. He is obviously starting to show signs of early dementia. What's with all the changes to the campaign day after day. On again, Off again, Dropping of Michigan. John McCain really needs to consult more with his political advisors before making such impulsive and erratic changes. He does not appear to be stable.

    October 3, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Old Guy

    Old John McCain talks about straight talk and then delivers a series of lies along with his goofy partner, it's no wonder he pulled out of Michigan.

    Remember folks 8 years ago there was a $3 trillion dollar surplus and with the republicans in charge that has turned into a $10 trillion dollar debt.

    John McCain was part of the republican elite that gave companies tax breaks to ship your jobs overseas and then gives you lip service.

    Down the ticket republicans should go down the drain! You greedy sob's stole enough – VOTE DEMOCRAT ALL THE WAY!

    October 3, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Obama Our President, FL

    Anyone cotempleting voting for Mcain-PALIN ticket after listening to the Alsaka woman is either stupid or brain dead. Her presentation last night, i.e. repeat the same phrases for every question asked suggest either a) she did not understand the question or b) she new nothing of what she was being asked. Either way it means NOT READY anf FIT TO LEAD.
    Her response was MORONIC. If the Republican team is elected we will be seing the end of US of A as we known it.
    God Forbid

    An Independent for Obama (Palin factor contributed to my decision)

    October 3, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Palin: McCain's Parrot and Quota with a Script. SQUAWK!

    Piss-poor planning just like his judgment.

    October 3, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. s. braddy

    our nation dont want the white house to be a black house.we need a strong leader like john mccain,honest ,vetted, integrity etc.we dont need obamination who mostlikely will be another greedy politician at least mccain is already very rich and not thirsty for wealth unlike the obamas maybe greed first not country first especiall that wife of him who like hungry for power and wealth

    October 3, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. Concerned Voter

    Oh God! Please open americans eyes, we need change in our country, we need a person ready to lead, ready to take our nation back on track.. And sorry to say that's not McCain, I noticed how angry and grumpy he has become ! Imagine him dealing with other countries GOD HELP US!! And Palin one step away to become President it's even scary!!! Please voters think about our future and the future of our children and our nation as a whole!!.. Don't vote for looks or because she's like me etcc vote smart!

    October 3, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. dittohead with forty names

    Looks like Noah missed the Ark.

    October 3, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. gl

    I will do everything to make sure McCain does not win Pennsylvania.

    October 3, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. America for Obama

    Looks like a white flag of surrender, I though McCain never surrendered? McCain is a liar, a cheater, & a thief.

    October 3, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Edward

    The thing is that he IS going to lose Florida, the African American vote alone can carry the state for Obama let alone all of the young voters who NEVER TURNED OUT for past elections where Republicans have inched by ... they WILL turn out.

    October 3, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. Oppose Zig Zag Express

    If all we have heard from the Republican party since their "convention" of insults is Palin...Palin...Palin, then the McCain campaign has no substance.

    The stakes are too high this election year!!

    Good ridance to bad rubbish in Michigan. I hope Ohio, Penn. and Florida give these slimeballs the shove off, and the rest of the country come Nov. 4th. God bless America!!!!!

    October 3, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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