(CNN) – Sarah Palin will campaign in Indiana for the first time Friday, the latest sign this once solidly-red state could be up for grabs this year.
Republican presidential nominee John McCain has already visited the state once, speaking at a law enforcement conference in Indianapolis this summer. Palin’s visit will also be in the Indianapolis area, the McCain-Palin campaign confirmed.
The Democratic ticket has visited the state half a dozen times. Last week, Barack Obama drew an estimated crowd of more than 20,000 at the state fairgrounds.
McCain held a 47 to 45 percent advantage over Obama in the most recent CNN poll of polls out of Indiana, which has only voted for a Democratic presidential candidate once since 1936: the state supported Lyndon Johnson for president in 1964.
The Republican ticket is spending Monday stumping in two other traditionally-Republican states turned battlegrounds: Virginia and North Carolina.