October 30th, 2008
11:07 PM ET
6 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.

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soundoff (468 Responses)
  1. SD,Michigan

    Arizona going BLUE?! Home to McCrypt?! Yout people in Arizona are exceptional people then! Going beyond Red and Blue, Dem or Repulbl, black or white....it's OUTSTANDING!

    October 31, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  2. From FLORIDA

    Why are we talking about ANYTHING other than Obama's 30 minute infomercial? IObama presents a sincere, intelligent and practical solution to the problems that we face. PLEASE watch it tonight, with your family. Then turn to the people you love. Turn to your children and your spouse and tell them one good reason why you are not going to vote for this man. I dare you.

    October 31, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  3. What Happened to the Real Issues?

    To "Welcome to the Obama Show" or "Moron" for short. You might want to try reading the Constitution. The President does not and cannot raise or lower taxes. That is the function of the Congress. The President can make and sell his ideas, but it comes back to local representation to actually enact any fiscal policy changes. The President signs the Bill but does not unilaterally make law. I guess you got so use to Bush and Dick that you forgot we do not live in a dictatorship. Before you gloat at how dumb you are, try reading!

    October 31, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  4. Michael B

    Thank God for for John Mc Cain I just can't believe all the crap that Obama is feeding us," Have we all fallen asleep".......

    October 31, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  5. Pat

    Riddle me this, why is President Bush getting blamed for the economic issues when its congress that control the legislation? hmmm? Bush inherited faulty accounting issues and greedy CEOs, so when all goes to heck and a hand basket, the dems just want to blame him. It is all of congress that is to blame, so stop comparing McCain to Bush, the only thing they agreed on was the war in Iraq. This country does not need a one party government unless they are all independents.

    October 31, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  6. bethi in alaska

    The only sad part is that if Fascist McCain does in fact lose this election(and it is sure looking that way) Palin the Narcissist comes back to Alaska where I can tell you she is far from revered. I dont believe she is interested in her role as governor anymore anyway–she has her eye on bigger things.She is the consummate egomaniacal liar on a perpetual power trip.And yes- she is a moron.

    October 31, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  7. Kim

    Apparently McShame plans to do away with the cabinet and other presidential advisors because that's the only way his campaign can justify slinging mud over Obama reaching out for expert opinions in the event of an emergency. Maybe it's just me but I'm okay with the president seeking out the guidance of experts and then AFTER getting all the info...making a decision. it's sure as heck beats the "decider"...deciding on stuff.

    I wonder if he decided it was "mission accomplished" in Iraq all by himself.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 31, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  8. Blue in Red

    Hey, despite what you've read, not all Texas A & Mers are GOP morons. There are lots of Obama shirts on students here and a great many who will be celebrating Obama's victory on Tuesday night. The local newspaper here in College Station (the location of A & M) supported Obama. The Republicans who egged pictures of Obama are just dinosaurs enraged that their kind (young conservatives) are quickly headed for extinction.

    October 31, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  9. bernaddette

    palin should not be on mccain's ticket, the only office she is fit for is todd's snowmobile office in alaska and selling snow for a living! john should have known better than have ms moosepie on his ticket

    October 31, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  10. Brenda

    That's messed up when you have to campaign in your own state : /

    October 31, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  11. Willa

    What worries me the most is voter fraud. My home state of Pennsylvania does not allow early voting. In this, a crucial ballot state, everyone will go to the polls on the same day. If things become sufficiently chaotic, they can create a perfect opportunity for mischief.

    October 31, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  12. Texas for Obama

    Obama might be able to pull out a win in Arizona, but he probably won't even try. He respects John McCain too much.

    Obama / Biden 08!

    October 31, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  13. Jesse

    Where did this idea come from that not talking to someone is a form of political action? When world leaders are doing things that America does not like rather than ignore them or refuse to talk to them we need to show some leadership and help them to develop peaceful relationships with their neighbors and improve the standard of living and rights of their citizens.

    Regardless of who wins this election I hope that as a country that has such a large influence in the world economically and other wise, we can form edifying relationships with all nations or at least non-antagonistic ones. Certainly there are going to be countries that do things that we disagree with, and we need to work together with the UN and other groups to make sure that human rights are just that rights all over the world. I just do not see where this not talking to people fits in. It did not work in grade school why would it fix the worlds problems now. I am not saying we give in to all sorts of crazy demands, I am saying we sit down at the table and say unabashedly who we are and what we believe.

    October 31, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  14. former gop

    I went to high school and college in Arizona. Arizonans are wise, wise people. It's going blue!!!!

    October 31, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  15. Pua, HI

    Arizona... if you feel blue... vote Obama/Biden... it would be great!

    October 31, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  16. bob in LA

    McCain has gone sleaze. his campaign is making Carl Rove's tactic seem like Sunday school games.
    I used to like this guy- now- I hope he loses not only the presidential election but re-election to the Senate. His time has past.

    October 31, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  17. Kevin

    Lol, I would love to see McCain's home state go to Obama. That would be an insult to McCain...losing his home state. Lol.

    October 31, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  18. Blue Dog

    Demographics in Arizona are changing over time with people from all over the country moving here. It's a transient state. Arizonan's have witnessed the destruction levied by the Republican party over the last 8 years. We will not be duped again by fear-mongering and discriminatory policies.

    Vote for real change, not a cheap imitation. Vote Obama/Biden.

    October 31, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  19. Cliff in AZ

    We are voting Obama.

    October 31, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  20. Vote for change

    If McCain wins many investors like myself will move our money out of America. His policies will drive us further into Depression. The world will become more fearfull and the stock markets will take years to recover.

    OBAMA / BIDEN 2008

    October 31, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  21. Dave

    Arizona... you can lead the way to reuniting the country. Country first... vote Obama/Biden.

    October 31, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  22. Marie -Scottsdale, AZ

    I'm a registered Republican in Arizona who is voting for Obama. Once upon a time McCain was a maverick, but that was 4 yrs ago. I, for one, cannot tell you one thing he has done for our state – not one. If he hadn't lost his marbles and picked Palin, I might have thought twice about voting for Obama but that sealed the deal.

    Listen to voters in Alaska & Arizona and vote for Obama.

    October 31, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  23. voter in phoenix

    I live in central phoenix and I already voted early for Obama. Arizona has 3 major universities here, so there is a really good chance that Obama might win here. We are the 5th largest city in the country and there are so many different people that live here, its a melting pot. My mother has never voted in her life and she is voting for Obama. I live about 10 minutes away from one of McCain's houses(which is up for sale- the one on central ave and glendale) and I see Obama signs and bumper stickers everywhere.

    October 31, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  24. ahk, beverly hills, ca

    No matter where you are, VOTE! Take nothing for granted.

    October 31, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  25. Independent in Arizona

    I already voted for Obama/Biden...hope the rest of Arizona is as smart as I am!

    October 31, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
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