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. Ed liu

    I will not vote for Democrate this time. We need balance power in this country.

    October 31, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  2. AZ Absentee Voter

    My family of AZ Democrats has always loved McCain because he was not the typical Republican...but he sure has become one. This year they are voting OBAMA in Arizona!!

    Obama '08-'12

    October 31, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  3. SoCal

    CNN you should probably change Arizona to "lean McCain" in your map.

    October 31, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  4. Roto Rooter

    Joe the plumber has me proud of my country for the first time in my adult life.

    October 31, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  5. Terry Golash, Flagstaff, AZ

    Arizonians are not fools. McCain might be a local but we Arizonians are more concerned with "country first", and a McCain presidency would be disastrous. Barack Obama has spelled out how he would fix this mess and I for one am voting for him.

    OBAMA – BIDEN '08!

    October 31, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  6. joeyeah

    nice cnn filter disclaimer to the right of this box. well this is to your blog screener then........GO MCCAIN / PALIN!!!!! NOBAMA!!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  7. Xavier

    When Senator McCain's Campaigne Manager took the hook of the progressive tax scale argument as it relates to socialism, I thought it would never fly. The American people are smarter than a fifth grader and would be able to see the flaws of the argument as it applies to every tax plan of every administration of the past. In a capitalistic society taxes are necesary to provide the public with essential services to maintain our security and infrastructure. Then they actually used this Joe the Plumber to try to sell that message of socialism to the American people. My thoughts were that this is either an act of desparation or an insult to the inteligence of the American people. To my dismay it stands as a combination of both. This explains the fact that the American worker can be replaced seamlessly by third wolrd laborers with no skill and very little education. The Republicans appear to be a bunch of lazy sheep that will follow the voice of unreason to justify other prejudgements that will not let them vote for someone that looks a little different than them. At the very least with a President Obama this country's collective IQ will increase by 30% when he make College more accessible and affordible for most Americans. Even those like Joe the Plumber, who could not even qualify for an official aprenticeship to practice his craft

    October 31, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  8. Henry

    Polls are indeed tightening, ....in GOP states (AZ, GA, LA, MT, ND, etc).

    October 31, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  9. JL

    Go BLUE America! It's time for change. No way, No how, No McCain-Palin.

    We we can! Obama-Biden!

    October 31, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  10. Sarah Palin the Alaskan Lobbyist

    You know I was thinking and thinking and just couldn't put my finger on what was so dishonest about Sarah Palin then I heard her 'energy speech' yesterday and it hit me like a ton a bricks….

    Palin is a lobbyist for Alaska. She is lobbying to bring more jobs to ALASKA, that's it! She knows nothing about the other 'lower 48′ nor does she has an interest in learning unless it will benefit Alaska.

    She's playing a lying game with the American people and sadly the Republicans are so full of lobbyist they haven't noticed she's taking them for a long ride right into the pockets of Alaska.

    October 31, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  11. Philip - n - Phoenix

    I know of no one that is voting for McCain here in Phoenix. I have neighbors on eithere side of me that have NEVER vote for a democrate and yet they are voting for Sen. Obama.

    October 31, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  12. a southern bell

    WHAT I DON'T GET IS THAT MCBUSH & HIS SKANK KEEP

    REMINDING US OF THIS TESTING. MCIDIOT GOT TESTED

    BY THE FINACIAL MARKET CRASH & HIS VP PICK & HE FAILED

    BOTH MISERABLY & 26 YEARS OF WORKING TO MAKE THE

    RICH, RICHER.. & AS FOR THE TERRORIT THING, DIDN'T

    THAT HAPPEN DURING THE BUSH-MCBUSH WATCH ?

    O YEA, NOW THAT I THINK OF IT, IT DID.

    THEY DID AS WELL WITH THAT AS THEY DID WITH OUR ECONOMY.

    October 31, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  13. FemaleAgainstPalin

    Is John McCain stupid? He wants to be President, but yet he can't comprehend the Supreme Court's decision on Guantanamo prisoners. The SC and the Dems don't want terrorists to have civil rights. The decision says that these people are afforded habeas corpus rights, the right to see a judge to determine whether or not they are being legally detained. THAT IS ALL!

    October 31, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  14. Douglas, Los Angeles

    Because Senator McCain has wadged such a nasty and hateful campaign full of lies and misinformation, he not only should lose Arizona, he should lose this election.

    October 31, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  15. Bill

    McCain is just a carpetbagger in Arizona, anyway. It's the state where he found a wealthy father-in-law (now a wealthy wife!) to launch a political career.

    October 31, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  16. KLEE

    OBAMA/BIDEN thank you very much....Elvis is about to leave the building.

    October 31, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  17. Joseph

    Why not?

    Obama is the way to go, and if the race is this tight in McCain's home state, that's saying something.

    Change is here, and thank God Obama has such great supporters who will volunteer and donate!

    Obama '08, the change we need is here.

    October 31, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  18. Mark

    Even the veterans here in AZ are changing to Obama. McCain got nasty and dishonest and is losing lots of votes.

    October 31, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  19. Pat

    The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule and Winky Half-baked Alaska October 30th, 2008 6:38 pm ET

    ------–

    Straight from the guy who wishes he COULd be a stallion - but, alas - he's just a little sissy who falls apart when his cell phone battery goes dead - and he's short on cash to buy a Latte!

    October 31, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  20. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    It looks like Arizona where my granddaughter lives wants European Socialism/Welfare State. Also they want to cut their military's funding since Obama ran on cutting the Defense Budget by cutting weapons programs and he believes are military is too big. We could not occupy a country because we did not have enough troops and cannot fight 2 wars simultaeously. Some Commander in Chief. The Clinton administration was the reason we did not even have eough body armor or armored Humvee's to protect out troops.

    October 31, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  21. Sarah Palin the Alaskan Lobbyist

    "We're winning..... we got them right where we want them" – John McGimmick

    October 31, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  22. DB

    People:
    IF you can take a serious look at what the last 8 years of George Bush Republican rule has brought us, and say that you want at least 4 more years of the same-
    THEN YOU ARE COMPLETELY OUT OF YOUR MIND.

    OBAMA/Biden '08-12

    October 31, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  23. linda the nurse

    I am a nurse with disability / kidney transplant. I want to know on the health care plan reform , I am taking a lot of medication . Such as, anti rejection medications , and I am also taking prednisone , which prednisone has a lot of side effects ,some which is gaining weight. So, on the health care plan will there be a gym in included to help a person to control this disease and to keep them healthy to balance out taking medication over long period of time which include exericse.
    s/s increase appetite
    gaining weight
    diabetes
    back ache

    October 31, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  24. captain cucamonga

    Those 5 million dollars for Barrack Obama’s 30 minute commercial is corrupt money from companies on Wall Street that have purposely ruined American citizen’s lives by creating financial turmoil. This is all by design to sway votes toward Obama. Wake up people, the Wall Street meltdown just so happened right before this election? Regardless our votes don’t count. The U.S. election is as corrupt as many third world countries.

    October 31, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  25. Obama supporters naive

    It's amazing how Americans never seem to change. Our society is willing to drink the Kool Aid of Obama without requiring substance so they can accept his illogical view that Republicans are to blame for simply being in a down, economic cyle. Our MTV and pop culture accepts this and now believes that engaging in populism and socialism will make lives better. FDR's New Deal prolonged the Great Depression, LBJ'S reckless spending and socialism dram lead to hyper inflation in the 1970's, now Americans are too eager to elect a president who will "fix" the economy while punishing the people who create jobs, major corporations. By restrcticing the money supply by over taxing the wealthy(who sign our pachecks) we hurt ourselves. Unemployment is already at 6.1%, should we over tax the wealthy and let it go to 10%? America wake up from your drunken populist socialist nightmare! Vote against Obama and for John McCain so that our our economy can quickly recover, or risk a repeat of 1930s and mid 1960's wasteful and dangerious fiscal policy.

    October 31, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
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