October 30th, 2008
11:07 PM ET
3 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. Dianne Bourbonnais IL

    We need change. We need change on so many fronts. Not only do we have a man who will bring it, he will do so without alienating half the country. We need his unifying talents. We need his message of hope rather than fear. We need to be a kinder people rather than a name calling, hateful people. Anyone who has been paying attention can see who can lead us to a better place. So Arizona, join the movement. Go with Barack Obama.

    October 30, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  2. Patricia

    McCain can't find some campaign volunteers in his own home state to make calls for him?? He needs robocalls? That is soooo sad! lol!

    October 30, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  3. mary

    The republicans are going to steal the election, like George Bush did. four more years of George Bush.

    October 30, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  4. Ken in NC

    Remember McCain supporters that it is important that you send a strong signal on Nov. 4th so vote and vote early for Obama.

    October 30, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  5. David in AZ

    Papisan, you're totally right... McCain doesn't care about this state and is never here. I don't think Barack will win AZ, but having one of the largest universities(ASU) full of young voters and a substantial population of minorities is making the race here closer than I expected.

    October 30, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  6. Marylander

    If the people of McCain's own state, Arizona, can't trust him, how can the rest of the country?

    Go Obama/Biden '08!!!

    October 30, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  7. rosita

    Arizona will go for Obama, watch it!!

    All that hate that Republicans spread throughout the country against the Demos will pay well! they looked for ...... they will get it!

    October 30, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  8. ann gupta

    does anyone know where obama is getting all this money. it's not regular people giving him millions of dollars. he is waisting so much money on unimportent things.

    October 30, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  9. Greg In Colorado

    Come on Arizona!!!! Get to the polls and Vote Vote Vote!!!! Join us Coloradoans and New Mexicans in making the 4 corners a blue leaf clover.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 30, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  10. dave

    Apparently Ole John isn't even well liked in his home state. That should tell you something. This is the most negative and underhanded campaign I have ever seen. I guess that's why they call him a maverick.

    October 30, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  11. Concerned American

    AZ has shifted from a strong McCain state at the beginning of the campaign to just barely leaning McCain.. If the current electoral vote map is correct, Obama only needs to win 1 of the toss up states (maybe 2 if the first is small), so an AZ win would most likely push him over the top.. would make for an early night come November 4th.. anything can happen, but given the huge number of Republicans that have crossed party lines to support America, not their party, it just could materialize.

    October 30, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  12. Progress vs. Stagnation

    I'm thinking of moving to Phoenix, but only after AZ turns blue!!

    Palin makes a mockery of women, adn McCain started it. Let's get her out of this and the 2012 race already.

    October 31, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  13. Tucsonan for Obama

    We don't want McCain back in AZ, either. He hasn't done one thing for this state in his entire political career. I think he should become a real snowbird and move to Alaska with Palin. Come on Arizona, let's go blue!

    October 31, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  14. Patrick

    If McCain wasn't running AZ would be deep blue this year. No worries though, you guys can go deep blue in '012 before Obama's 2nd term. IT's OVER.

    October 31, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  15. Josh

    Record numbers of volunteers in Indiana. I am one of them. Come on in AZ! The water's fine!

    October 31, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  16. sandy

    Way to go Arizona....we know you will do it! Go ahead and show them your stuff. Turn that state BLUE! Barack Obama is going to be an awesome president. Just a question...do you really know Cindy? And better yet...isn't there a better answer for America than John McCain? Yes We Can, Yes We Can......Try it, I promise you will like it!

    October 31, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  17. Ana

    I really hope AZ goes blue. I'm an Arizonan who's registered republican but is voting for Obama. Go Obama!!

    October 31, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  18. Hana abebe

    it is about time my brother

    October 31, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  19. Linda32

    YES!!!!! My Aunt lives in Arizona and she is constantly telling me about people telling her that they are fed up with McCain. This has been going on for a while.

    October 31, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  20. Chris

    Eh... I'll believe it if it happens on Election day. Until then, I'll remain very skeptical of any polls showing Arizona as a toss-up – nothing against any of the various pollsters, I just find it hard to believe that McCain would lose his home state after representing it for so long. Of course, I know nothing of the state's demographics, so I could be wrong about this... who knows. Obviously McCain feels that it's tight enough that he needs to put a bit of effort into it. But then again, given that things have been tightening up a bit (as expected) due to people FINALLY deciding who they're voting for, it might not be all that suprising that it's closer. Who knows... 5 days until we find out!

    October 31, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  21. Mark

    Yes, we in Arizona will be defeating McCain. Being an independent, the tide is changing on McCain. I think he and Kyle will lose their Senate bids too. We are working hard to defeat them. Yes the robocalls started on Wed. what a waste of time.

    October 31, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  22. Elle- Tucson

    I got a couple of those calls and I just hung up.
    I already voted for Obama and a lot of people around here support him.
    OBAMA*BIDEN08

    October 31, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  23. babydoll

    America should remember that other nations are watching closely the things we do and say. America is fighting a war in Iraq supposedly for Democracy, yet she still has problems with honesty and fairness and equality with her own citizens and their many diversities and nationalities. I hope and pray that if Obama is elected he will be the best President this country has seen in a long time. I hope everyone will see him, not just as an African American, but a true statesman who knows whats best for the country and all her citizens.

    October 31, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  24. Anonymous

    i don't know what others see, i see my two 2 year old granddchildren (females) when i see mccain. rolling of the eyes and eyebrows going up, is that how he will react to foreign leaders? that scares me when a foreign leader faces some one like him i feel they will laugh. palin needs to stop winking and smacking her lips,she comes across as a flirt. not as a leader that will lead without her sexual born natuare. we can go to hollywood for all that

    October 31, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  25. SoCal

    That's because in Arizona they know everything about Joe The Plumber!
    He used to live in Mesa, AZ before moving to Ohio... and guess what?
    He had his driver's license suspended by the Arizona Department of Transportation and still owes $727.90 to the Mesa Municipal Court.
    (source: The East Valley Tribune)

    October 31, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
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