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. Greg, NY

    Noah October 3rd, 2008 12:25 pm ET

    Wow, alot of you Liberals are pretty uninformed voters (no surprise there). Michigan is always a blue state. That is due in large part to the urban Detroit and the Auto unions. This is no big news that obama is going to win there. Talk to me when Obama gets a lead in an important state like Florida


    I'm talking to you.

    Obama has a pretty good lead in Florida now.

    October 3, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Sam

    From Now On Mcccain's campaign stratgey should be:

    Pull out from Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Florida...

    And in last week of October, Pull out from All 50 States and Vote for Obama-Biden....

    October 3, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. buck


    October 3, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. CM

    I guess the GOP isn't looking at the mathematical predictions that have Obama with 269 evs outisde the battleground states.

    October 3, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. DGee

    So, am i getting this right..............is McCain saying when the going gets tough he just gives up and moves on?

    Hmmm......doesn't seem very 'presidential' does it? Couldn't this be construed as the White Flag of Defeat?

    October 3, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Matt

    Obama's got no Kahuna's to reform his own party. How's he going to reform the rest?
    Snap the Cult of Personality and rid yourselves from this narcissistic unqualified socialist liberal.
    Biden wants to retire. He could give a crap about Obama.
    Pretty speeches don't mean diddly, unless you can bring both sides to the table.

    McCain/Palin "Real reform, not partisan positioning."

    Who are the gays going to vote for now?

    Look at California now. The bastion of liberalism !! Their liberal policies have put them 7 billion down, now they want a bailout !!

    See what's coming now under Obama?

    October 3, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Gregory in MN

    So McCain does something to help HIS campaign, but not others from his party.

    Gee...gosh...golly...that sounds like someone who is in this only for himself and not putting "country first".

    Is this what McCain and Palin mean by "shaking things up"? They cause panic and pandemonium among people when they make any decision?

    Guess this is what happens when you've got a maverick at the top of your Presidential ticket. They look out for themselves...and no one else.

    October 3, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Dutch-VA

    You better sugar coat it and put an extra layer of frosting on top of it. McCain is going down. And he thinks he's gonna snatch Maine away from Sen. Obama? From what I've heard, Maine is Obama County.


    October 3, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Frank,MO

    Will McCain pull out of the USA ?

    October 3, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Hmmmm

    Sorta what the Republican Party in Michigan gets for causing all the problems by moving up the primary, huh?

    October 3, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Micheal shoemac republican voting for Obama in miami florida


    hey noah....

    I live in Florida and he is leading her in FLORIDA ... and that is the largest battleground state

    SO please do your research buddy



    October 3, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Linda Kirchen

    It just goes to show how important this state is John McCain not very important. Michigan has the higest unemployment rate in the country and has been hit hardest by this free trade act sending all our jobs overseas you ask why not McCain this is why he is no diffrent than the man in office he does not care about the blue collar man only the ones that can do him the most for him and there money hungry party.But this is ok we the people of Michigan Know who care and it is Obama. we do not need 4 more years of bush in office we need a change now not in four years MICHIGAN FOR OBAMA/BIDEN this state and its people are important. McCain if you don't want us we surly do not want you

    October 3, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Karen

    Just like the Maverick... abandoned ship when the tide is too rough. Obama also pulled out of one state which was a state that didn't have a lot of electoral votes and most of the people had decided on a Republican as President. McCain is not a Maverick and the great Palin who read through a scripted speech did well with the winking but offered NOTHING on the issues. Give me a break people, let's Impeach President Bush for getting us in a war we shouldn't have been involved in and hold the elections today. I'm ready for Bush to get out of the office because HE and the Republican party has ran this country in the ground.

    Let's not forget Joe Biden in the debate last night when he got choaked up about his son, do people realize that son survived the car crashed years ago which killed Biden's wife and daughter but NOW is being deployed today in this insane Iraq War? ... Gosh! Biden's son might not come back and that would choaked up anybody including myself. I'll be keeping Biden and Palin son in my prayers.

    End this war, End President Bush term, they should really make a law that if the President of the United States run the country amot, then he should be forced to step down before his term ends. Bye, Bye, Bush, McCain/Palin

    Obama / Biden '08

    October 3, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    People that think Obama is going to lose are delusional. The polls are clear and it's going to be a whooping.

    October 3, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Run away, McCain, run away!

    October 3, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Gary in OK

    When you are losing, his method is to cut and run. They send Palin to San Antonio Texas today, which is a total waste of money as this state is a locked up RED state. I guess by sending her to a state which is committed RED is to boost her ego by letting her think all people like her.

    October 3, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |







    October 3, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Turnabout is fair play

    Please October 3rd, 2008 12:30 pm ET

    America has not even voted as yet. As far as failue goes, even if McCain loses he is not a "failure". He has accomplished much in life and is a person of good character.

    I would hope Michigan and these other battleground states come to their senses and vote for McCain. If not, its their loss and America's loss if McCain does not win. You will all see that Obama is not even close to the person you envision him to be in your minds, and if he gets in it will be too late and we will all suffer.

    I really feel that if he does get in America will be talking impeachment during the first year of his Presidency. He will not deliver his so-called change to Americans and therefor he will be considered a fraud and should be held liable.

    Take this stupid drivel to Faux Noise's blog, Republican maggot, it has no place here.

    October 3, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. Seattle Voter

    McCain's pulling out of Michigan is an insult to the citizens of Michigan. It's a shame!

    October 3, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Mike

    I guess McCain feels his policies regarding jobs have little chance of resonating in a state that has been so hard hit with job losses. Even he seems to be conceding that his approach is more of the same.

    October 3, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Todd (not the Alaska Separatist husband of Sarah)

    McSame has cut and run on Michigan. The downward spiral of McSame/Failin' continues. Does that mean there no oil companies or no-bid contractor billionaires for him to service in Michigan? Noah, we don't talk about liberals and "conservatives" any longer, it is no longer relevant now that we know that "conservatives" are socialists working on behalf of billionaires. Go Obama, one spouse, one house!

    October 3, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. CM

    Just yesterday Volusia county in FL had lines out the door for supporters to buy Obama/Biden yard signs. You can't go anywhere in FL now without seeing Obama/Biden and Bush's 3rd Term =McCain bumper stickers.

    I don't know what week Noah is in but down here in FL it's looking to be a blue November.

    October 3, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 Years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Please: You and all the other bushco-mccain-republican supporters need to take a "time out" for the next four years.

    October 3, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. j. williams

    Democratic leadership and Unions drove Michigan into the ground and this State will never recover even with the help of a community organizer...

    October 3, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. TOM-E

    Mc same you should just pack your bags and move to alsaka. you and your genius running mate can stare at alaska from her kitchen window LOL haaaa what a moron..
    OBAMA 08

    October 3, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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