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. McCain Lies Once Again

    Is there one single day where McCain has not spent his entire stump speeches trying to smear Obama with outrageous lies?
    McCain is a national disgrace and has lost all honor. He has also lost his mental abilities – just look what he chose as a VP? Very scary!

    Let's show McCain we are SICK AND DISGUSTED with his dirty campaign full of "fear and smear". Get everyone you know out to vote for Obama and let's send McCain a big message that we don't tolerate liars, corruption, and incompetence.

    NC is already going to be OBAMA-land on election night. Let's really send McCain a message by also taking Arizona too.

    Get out and vote for Obama and help those who need a ride to get to the polls! Vote early if you can...be stay in line no matter how long so your voice and vote will be heard!

    Obama is the most intelligent and decent man we have had running for President in my lifetime! Let's put a good and honest man in the White House and kick out the corrupt liars!

    OBAMA-OBAMA-OBAMA

    October 31, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  2. Cathy

    Please Go Blue Arizona! Let's win this election by a landslide for Obama!

    October 31, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  3. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    I think that is hysterical and would be so ironic for McCain to lose Arizona.

    October 31, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  4. Kathy

    I have supported Obama since his campaign began. He is the most intelligent, inspiring candidate I have ever seen. He will bring this country together and make us proud to be Americans again. I live in Arizona and hoping for a landslide and a blue Arizona. Go Obama/Biden!!!!

    October 31, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  5. Margie

    Amen to ALL that! I also live in Arizona and voted Obama by mail in ballot last week. We have lived here since 1995 and I do not know of one single thing McCain is known for having done for the people of this state. I've posted the question on local websites a few times – 'can anyone name one thing he has done for THIS state (that does not include his own rich friends)?' and never get an answer. Palin is just too ridiculous to comment on.

    October 31, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  6. Independent for USA only

    GOP is defending their own turf rigorously! It tells everything about the past eight years. They put this great country into crisis and this is how people reward them.

    October 31, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  7. Voted for OBAMA on Tuesday in Louisiana

    I am hoping and praying that Obama wins this election... I will be highly disappointed if McCain gets elected President. It's a shame that someone with Obama's brains, hope, and positive message has had to fight this hard to stay ahead but barely. Look, Obama hasn't promised his plan will happen overnight. He isn't too good to be true. He's realistic and exactly what this country needs. VOTE!

    October 31, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  8. Latigo

    It's interesting to see the different "news" phrasings of polls, e on the candidate focus. If it's Obama with a single-digit lead, then he is "maintaining his expected lead." If the poll is about a McCain lead as in Arizona, then the prhasing goes " McCanin has only a singl-digit lead." It's no wonder so many Americans don't pay any attention to polls this year. Most are stacked politically and slanted toward marketin political outcomes, mostly toward Obama since the media is ni the tank for him nearly at every outlet.

    October 31, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  9. Bill in JC, NY

    Wow, the perfect ending to such a flawless campaign run by McCain.

    October 31, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  10. Craig Nazor

    McCain talks about "giving civil rights to terrorists" – what McCarthyesque doublespeak! Who defines "terrorist", "The Decider"?! ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW. These are called civil rights – it is what our soldiers die for! McCain apparently likes it where "The Decider" decides you are a terrorist, and then illegally abolishes your civil rights, like the criminal George W. Bush currently "claims" he can do (the Supreme Court disagrees). This is called a "totalitarian state", and this is why there is NO WAY McCain will get to be "The Decider". REAL Americans are sick and tired of it.

    October 31, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  11. suzyku

    I hope mccain loses every state! After the sleazy campaign he and palin have run they don't deserve to win anything! All they do deserve is to be shunned!

    October 31, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  12. Joseph Franklin

    Do -any- democrats know how to spell lose? Do any democrats know the difference between -lose- and -loose-? According to these comments, I'm going to have to say no. Of course they want Obama Sin Biden to win, they're too stupid to get jobs, and REALLY need the socialism.

    (Of course, if I was for the socialist, I probably wouldn't know the difference between -too- and -to- either...)

    October 31, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  13. ross

    Am sorry to say that Sarah Plain has little or less knowledge of what she is doing, go back home and give that your little baby, that baby needs your love .Soon you will become a grand mother what a shame.You can't manager yourl LITTLE home ,and you want to manager a whole nation" Who is fooling Who"

    October 31, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  14. kdrr

    I am constantly amazed at the illiterate and angry remarks posted by the die-hard Republicans. I used to be a Republican. I am ashamed of the nasty smear tactics that have been used in recent years. We are all Americans. Why can't we articulate our beliefs without name calling and shouting? Shame, shame, shame. I will never again vote Republican unless they clean up the dirty politics and the flat out lies. I'm shocked that they fool so many people.

    October 31, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  15. Tyree,LV-Independent For Obama

    Arizona Will Turn Blue.
    Maybe Even Texas.

    Obama/Biden 08'

    October 31, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  16. Dennis from Millbrae, CA

    Like "Thelma and Louise", John and Sarah are driving off the cliff at the end holding hands.

    A word of advice for John McCain. Concede gracefully next Tuesday night and work to restore the honor and integrity you once had before pandering to the right wing of the Republican Party and selecting Palin as your running mate.

    October 31, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  17. Jack Telebenker

    If Obama wins Arizona state then I know righteousness is on his side

    October 31, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  18. Jeff, North Dakota

    3 out of 4 Arizona voters I know are voting for Obama.

    October 31, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  19. PROUD AMERICAN FOR OBAMA

    The people have spoken.....

    October 31, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  20. uhuh

    This is so dispicable> How can he get away with such disgusting adds

    October 31, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  21. Katie

    Never thought my vote for Obama would count in this state, but....

    October 31, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  22. Wacky Obacky

    Keep trying it on, CNN keep trying it on... Changing the logo to ONN won't be much of a change.

    October 31, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  23. MrPragmatic

    To Shola in Arizona

    What evidence do you have to back up your anecdote? I'd like to know more about this notion of people saying one things in the polls and doing another in the voting booth. Tell me more – I want to understand this phenomenon more fully.

    October 31, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  24. bebe_ bebe

    people please vote and send ms moosepie back to alaska, she is sham and needs to be stopped

    October 31, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  25. vahe

    the way is going yes he will lose

    October 31, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
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