QUAKERTOWN, Pennsylvania (CNN) - In a sign of last-minute concern about a traditionally red state, the independent arm of the Republican National Committee is launching television ads in Montana.
Democrats have only won Montana twice in the last half century, but Barack Obama has been using his vast resources for an aggressive push there - an Obama spokesman says they have 19 offices and 14,000 volunteers. John McCain has no Montana campaign offices.
"It's a cheap insurance policy" said a Republican official involved with the ad buy told CNN. "We don't expect a crash there, but we may as well buy insurance in case we do."
Recent polling has suggested McCain’s edge over Obama in the state may be in single-digit territory.
By law, the so-called Independent Expenditure arm of the Republican National Committee can produce TV ads and buy air time, as long as it does not coordinate with the party.
The Republican official said they spending $300,000 dollars in the relatively inexpensive media Montana media markets.
Montana now has two Democratic senators and a Democratic governor. Obama’s campaign already has an organization in the state thanks to the Democratic primary in June, which he won.
A senior McCain aide told CNN they are relying on a "very good state party" that has a few offices around the state.
Too little too late Johnny… MT will be blue on election day.
The demographics of MT have been changing over the last 4 years. Obama will win big in Missoula and Butte and edge out McCain in Great Falls, Helena and Bozeman. The only real republican stronghold in the state is Billings. Obama has been to Montana 5 times and Biden once or twice. McCain zero.
Another factor is that Ron Paul is on the ballot and Montana likes to support third party candidates. Paul has strong support and will take maybe as many as 5% or more from McCain.
I am hoping that Obama will get over the 50% mark here but Im not holding my breath. I have talked to a lot of my republican freinds in the state and the really don't like McCain but are foolishly enthusiastic about Palin.
After reading all the comments under this article I am saddened to see how many peopls ears and eyes are closed to the real truth ahead if Obama winse. You really will have someting to moan and groan about when our country is threatened and all Obama wants to do is invite our enemies into our most important place in the nation, our White House to have luncheon. While there he can confer with the unrepentant bomber, Bill Ayers and the radical anti-american reve jerimiah Wright. Wit good folfs your eyes will open and your ears will hear things you would never imagine. Why be stupid now when the time is now to try to see beyond empy words and promises. Are you ready to have your hard earned money taxed and given to those who do not work? The welfare and medicaid programs have been allowed for in the budget. There is not reason people with small businees should be placed under the higer burden of higher taxes. Do your math. Fox news tells the truth. Also if people would have been listening instead of forming false ideas you would ahve heard that Sarah Paliun's clothes were not purchased byt her. They werre rented for her and why shouldn't she be dressed nice. Anyone calling her sleazy is just jealous she looks like she does after having the fine family and standing up for her beliefs and not folding under in this time of small mindedness. If what I am reading from all the comments on this page I hope I never have call to live in those cold unfeeling states. Seems like growth there is still in the 1800's. Do you all still hang people?
Obama already controls the media. If you do not like a comment you just take it out CNN. That is control and bias. I put in comments that you just take out. Nothing in my comments are inappropriate.
Beware America – you are already being controlled.