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. America

    Lets see this...
    Rep ran congress for 6 yrs under Bush..
    Dems Ran 2yrs...

    Economic problems was said started about 6 yrs ago...
    Housing crisis was said started 5 yrs ago.....
    Foreign policies was said STALLED 7 yrs ago....

    This not balme game then what is it?

    October 3, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. bobbi


    October 3, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. hrsc

    John McCain is old with old ideas. if he were to run the country like he has run his own campaign how can anyone think the country will be better off?

    Palin is the impressionable kid and John mCain's views and the neo-cons have destroyed her she has no clue what her views are now..

    She said the VP needs more legislative power....give me a break... Chaney, Chaney, Chaney....

    October 3, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. sue


    The Drudge Report is a news aggregate conservative website. The poll you speak of is an online poll on THAT site much like the polls on MSNBC or any other online polling. They aren't scientific or random – and therefore don't carry a lot of weight.

    While I'm not disrespecing the Drudge Report, mainly it is for conservatives. So I would have been surprised if the poll wasn't turning out that way on that site.

    October 3, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. Raymond Duke

    All you liberals should not go getting to happy with the CNN polls . According to them Obama has never been behind or lost a debate no matter how many polls say the opposite. You people have been listening to that recovering drunk Jack Cafferty and Roland Martin to much. It will probably be a tight race but I think McCain is going to win. I am not so much for McCain but I like Palin and I really do not care for someone who spouts hope and change and is a socialist along with his reverend and terriost friends.

    October 3, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. ohio

    mccain is done. totally done!!!!!!!!!!!!! tosted done

    October 3, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. joey from nc

    Mccain is old and out of touch. Palin is too inspired by Nascar, she themed the names of her children after it.. and what's up with her always sporting that mullet? We know what she's all about.. business on top and party on the bottom, but come on, this is an ELECTION get serious!

    October 3, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Doris,Memphis,TN

    John you did not put "Country First" when you placed Sarah
    Palin on your ticket. You would rather win an election than
    keep the American people safe. Joe Biden is a smart and
    honorable man. Barack made a great choice. You failed your
    first major test and it will cost you the Presidency.

    October 3, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. McCain has LOST all honor

    What an OLD, FLIP/FLOP, WHISY-WASHY, FEEBLE, DIS-HONORABLE WASTE. This man is SO CONFUSED, HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING FROM DAY TO DAY. Face people this man is one step from DEMENTIA. I would never TRUST him with my vote..........Let alone walk my dog.

    October 3, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Clinton Democrat for Obama

    A Republican begging for money..... my how they've fallen

    October 3, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Ryan

    Its very sad to hear that John McCain has given up on the people of Michigan who have had it so tough under Republican rule for so long, but then again are we to expect any different from a man who has given up on America after chossing Sarah Palin as his VP choice?

    October 3, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. ohio

    90% voted with bush

    October 3, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Who is winking now?

    The Palin effect is working.

    October 3, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. SB in NoVA

    McCrazy withdraws from Michigan????? Ok, I don't live in MI, but isn't the auto industry desparately hurting? I saw that someone bought at house (run down and abandon, but STILL) for something like ONLY $1.50 on eBay or some other auction site. I wonder how Republicans in MI feel about being dumped??? It wasn't long ago that I saw on an electoral map that MI was up for grabs. Here's the big thing ... both of these stooges have a record of FIRING those who don't agree with them. Disagree and that's it!! Sorry, MI, life isn't fair .... YOUR FIRED! Erratic, dramatic, sarcastic!!! Makes me SICK!!!

    Mc"Life Isn't Fair" and Winky Barbie are in trouble. They are going to start playing really nasty now.

    Obama/Biden supporters ... we need to fight back ... the SMART way

    Get involved ... volunteer ... dontate if you can!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08 and beyond!!!
    Turn VA Blue!!!

    October 3, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. FactCheck

    What really scares you folks about sarah palin? that she is a real person and can make a difference in washington?


    Let me understand your logic, after having had a "real person", a "guy you could sit down and have a beer with" and a bona-fide "reformer" in charge for the last 8 years, we should just trust you and elect another one. Thanks but no thanks. I want intelligent people running this country, not someone who can cram for an exam and not answer questions but recite back what she learned last week. How do you think that would go over with Medvedev, Zardari or Ali Khamenei?

    October 3, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Hey McCain- Thanks but no thanks

    Troopergate goes on
    What you'll be reading about next weekend:
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An investigator hired by Alaskan lawmakers to probe abuse-of-power allegations against Gov. Sarah Palin was free to finish his work by a deadline set for a week from Friday after a state judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking to block the probe.

    The investigation is looking into whether Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, and others pressured Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan to fire a state trooper who was involved in a contentious divorce from Palin's sister, and then fired Monegan when he wouldn't dismiss the trooper. Palin says Monegan was ousted over budget disagreements.

    October 3, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Laughing all the way to a Democratic victory

    Well Michigan you have officially been abandoned by the Republican party. I guess it doesn't matter all of the people there who have lost their jobs recently in the past 8 years. This man is truly out of touch. Here in Pennsylvania his numbers are erroding faster than cheap lipstick.

    October 3, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Gypsy King

    Goodnight John,dont forget to turn out the light,your party is over.

    October 3, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Thompson

    Obama/Biden have said over and over that John McCain is another
    Bush Policies. John McCain is not George Bush. John McCain is
    John McCain. I donnot see any Changes that the House or the
    Senate have made since they have been in office since 2006.
    All I Have seen is Blame,Blame on the present President Bush,
    however though The Democrats Have controlled both where they
    can override anything that is put before them.The American People
    as Sarah Palin said on the Debate better start taking control of their
    own welfare and stop letting the Politicans dictate to them about their
    well beings.As The Words of God say"read the Words of God for
    youself,leave it to no man to read for you." We the American people
    elect these people to office to enhance the Laws for the rights of

    October 3, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Ted

    The "fat lady" is starting to warm up for her final song. Michigan is just the beginning of the end for the McCain campaign.

    October 3, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. Bitter in Texas

    ...was Michigan a real crap shoot of McGimmic??? Gues he lost that roll of the dice....Good! Now, if we could do the same for OH and FL, we'd be in Great Shape for November. Yes we Can! Sure wish we could get him to pull out of Texas, that would do my heart good!

    October 3, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Country first? I betcha Palin first then McCain after

    October 3, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. WHAT DUH?

    What is this man doing? Somebody really needs to check on John McCain. Why on earth would be make such RADICAL and IMPULSIVE moves that KEEP BACK-FIRING IN HIS FACE. This is almost too sad to watch. I personally feel his mental well-being needs to be evaluated.

    October 3, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    BYE BYE, McCain.... as Michigan goes, so go Ohio and Pennsylvania!

    October 3, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. sherry in sc

    John McCain might as well face it – this election is being bought by Hollywod idiots, crazy terror countries and blinded, hypnotized people , and the MEDID (CNN AND CBS TO NAME TWO) who think Nobama is some sort of messiah.

    Unless true-blooded, hard-working American citizens wake up and realize what Nobama is really about, then there is no hope whatsoever for the Unites States. In case no one has notices, he is just a half-black/half-white carbon copy of Bush himself. They are two of the most arrogant, self-serving, "think they are messiahs" men that have ever entered the political arena.

    John McCain cares about this county – Sarah Palin cares about this country. Obivously no one remembers the democrats prior to Nobama's selection. Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton and even John Edwards did not have one good thing to say about him. They ALL, each and everyone of them talked about his inexperience, his ties to corrupt and evil gansters (Ayers, Wright, Renzko) and told the absolute truth THEN about Nobama. Now they are all kissing the ground he walks on. They are all wanting something from him or they are being forced to do this by the DNC. Surely to God they are not just that STUPID – but then again, we are talking about Biden, Clinton, Pelosi, Reid, CNN, CBS – maybe they are that stupid!!

    Now go moderate and delete as you do with anything that is not probama. Just look at the posts above here and the proof is there. You are all extremely biased and in bed with Nobama.

    October 3, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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