October 30th, 2008
11:07 PM ET
2 years ago

As polls tighten, the campaign arrives in McCain's home state

McCain’s campaign is spending to reach voters in his home state of Arizona.
McCain’s campaign is spending to reach voters in his home state of Arizona.

(CNN) – Democrats are making a late play for Arizona as new polls show home-state Senator John McCain with a shrinking single-digit edge over Barack Obama.

A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released this week suggested McCain holds a 53 percent to 46 percent advantage. Other new surveys have indicated an even tighter race.

Earlier this week, the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee paid for negative robo-calls in the state, telling voters Obama’s election “invites a major international crisis he will be unprepared to handle alone.

“If Democrats win full control of government, they will want to give civil rights to terrorists and talk unconditionally to dictators and state sponsors of terror. Barack Obama and his Democratic allies lack the experience and judgment to lead America,” said the calls.

MoveOn.org said Thursday it was launching its ‘Obamacan’ ad statewide on broadcast and cable in response. The ad features a life-long Republican who supports Obama.

The Obama campaign sent its supporters in the state a message from national field director Jon Carson calling for volunteers, and pointing to reports McCain was "struggling in his own backyard."

“Supporters like you have put us within striking distance. Now it's time to pull off what no one expected,” said Carson.

The fresh effort forces the Arizona senator to direct late-campaign spending to his home state. Democratic officials - who say the state would likely have gone blue if McCain were not on the ballot - concede it's unlikely Obama will beat the Arizona senator there. But they say the move signals their confidence is more than symbolic - Democrats can afford to keep Arizona volunteers in their home state in the race's final days this cycle instead of directing them to neighboring New Mexico and Nevada, perennial battlegrounds.


Filed under: Arizona • Candidate Barack Obama • Extra • John McCain
soundoff (468 Responses)
  1. C A

    Obama will win with 291, 306, 326 or 353 electoral votes. You can take it to a safe bank.

    October 30, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. NinaORLANDO

    Hey CNN, stick to reporting the news, NOT creating it.

    Obama landslide 08!

    October 30, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Maggie

    Ha Ha – McCain has to stump in his own state! He keeps having to run to this state and run to that state because his lead keeps diminishing in all the battleground states. And every time he goes to one state, another state becomes more blue. McCain, you just can't keep up anymore can you? Next you'll be having to run to Texas to stump! LOL

    October 30, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Chris from St. Louis

    What a lousy person running for president to run such hateful robo calls .... Mr. McCain, you are a despicable person ...

    October 30, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. Old Johnny

    A crises that Rock Obama will be unable to handle alone? But Moose Barbie can handle it ? The Robo calls are made by and for Idiots.

    October 30, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. rahepee

    I'll keep doing this until you post it, CNN:

    October 30, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. Jack

    Keep FIGHTING McCain – MILLIONS of SMART Americans
    are VOTING for you!

    Vote Smart: McCain/Palin – we can TRUST them

    October 30, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. Winnie Hussein . . . in Montana

    It would be so nice if Sen. Obama could take Arizona away from McCain. I have several friends who moved up from AZ and they are for Obama. I'm tire of McCain/Palin's campaign mud slinging. They will do anything to win, for themselves, not because they truly care about the American people. Their supporters will do and say anything, even if irrelevant, old news, untruthful, etc. I hope that McCain and Palin take their party down and I hope that Palin's political career ends in Alaska, as well. She is corrupt, hateful and untruthful.

    There are so many better women out there if McCain really needed a woman on his ticket. How he chose this moron, I'll never know.

    October 30, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. dEMOBRAT

    Most of these Republicans that are switching like McClellan or Powell have nothing to loose. Many of the others are just on the Obama Bandwagon.

    I like that a lot of people in the Republican party don't like McCain and that the Democrats don't like him anymore either- that to me sounds like a good/fair president.

    October 30, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. Beverly, NYC

    Come on Arizona, you would look good in Blue!! Are you really happy with this do nothing Senator. He is soo proud of doing nothing for your state, no earmarks etc. Why should you be loyal to him?

    October 30, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    HA – even in his home state, he can't give out his secrets of what he'll do FOR this country.

    SMEAR, FEAR, JOE THE PLUMBER, etc. L-O-S-E-R

    I voted early for Obama/Biden – they will protect MY Constitutional Rights.

    October 30, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  12. BECKY

    I live in Arizona. I'm voting for Obama. I don't know anyone who is voting McCain. I'm sure there are some who are, but I personally don't know any.

    October 30, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. hurriCAIN PALIN

    MCCAIN/PALIN '08-'16

    NO WAY, NO HOW, NO BIDEN, NOBAMA

    October 30, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Chris in MN

    John McCain is sooo pathetic! He'll say anything to win. Anything. McCain is going to lose his own state. hahaha! I think I'll throw a party where we will egg pictures of McCain and Palin since their such sore losers! I'm sure those smart conservatives at Texas T&A will like that idea.

    October 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. Harry, Philadelphia

    When in the last week before election you need to spend time in your own state, things are going very bad.....Still a long shoot for Obama to pull it off but just making McCain to go back to his own state and loose time in the Battleground States, it is a tactical victory...

    October 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. NettenAZ

    I'm glad that CNN has finally published this.......It has only been on the AZ local news station 3-times in the last month. MSNBC has been monitoring this poll for a while. Although, Meet the press glossed over it this past Sunday.

    I'm sure McCain supporters are beginning to feel it's a possibility (sic) he could lose the state once it was published on the front page of the Arizona Republic 29 OCT 08.

    As the motto has been in AZ, let's turn this state BLUE.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  17. adg

    Mccain is the only crisis this country will have If He wins!!! Vote Obama!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  18. JL

    If the polls are tightening in McCain's favor, why is he having to campaign in his home state?

    Oh, that's right. Because he is in danger of losing there. That's why I don't believe the polls.

    October 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. karen-phoenix

    CNN - the polls are NOT tightening!!! Go to realpolls.com or electoral-vote.com!!!! AND McCain is going to loose his own state of AZ!!!!! AND now even Indiana and North Dakota are leaning Obama and BLUE!
    Obama is picking up speed every hour!!!!
    AZ republican for Obama/Biden

    October 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Tom

    When Obama wins, McCain is going to have a temper tantrum. I hope he loses his state. He's a phony and a fake and should never have been in office that long.

    Do you think if he was really a maverick he would have voted with George Bush 90% of the time, no. He's not a maverick and he's no hero. He left his wife and 3 kids to have a roll in the hay with a beer heiress–he's a bum.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 30, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  21. LJ

    Republicans don't have to steal this election, the Dems are giving it away. First the most Liberal Candidate Obama, is lying thru the dirty campaign ads, trying to tie McCain to Bush. That hasn't worked then all the reccord contributions to his campaign, That hasn't helped, except show what a wastefull spender he is. Then the tax hikes from his giveaways. And lastly all the skeletons of shady allies Obama has. No not even Obama "The One" can fool all of the people all of the time.........................

    October 30, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. Socialist

    DO NOT VOTE FOR THE SOCIALISTS

    DO NOT VOTE FOR THE SOCIALISTS

    DO NOT VOTE FOR THE SOCIALISTS

    DO NOT VOTE FOR THE SOCIALISTS

    DO NOT VOTE FOR THE SOCIALISTS

    vote for Obama!!!

    October 30, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  23. Hankers

    McCain: “If Democrats win full control of government, they will want to give civil rights to terrorists and talk unconditionally to dictators and state sponsors of terror. Barack Obama and his Democratic allies lack the experience and judgment to lead America,” said the calls. LET'S HOPE THAT HIS FEAR MONGER GETS WOOPED NEXT TUESDAY TO TEACH FUTURE CANDIDATES THAT THIS TYPE OF CAMPAIN IS NOT A WINNING FORMULA.

    October 30, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  24. Paul, TX

    Surely McCain should have a huge margain of advantage in his own state?? The fact that the race is so tight here says a lot McCain, his pathetic campaign, and about peoples real desire for a new direction!

    Obama 2008

    October 30, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. Chris F.

    I do not think Obama can win Arizona in the end but it would be funny if it happened.

    October 30, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
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