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. Mr. The USA can get out of the toilet sometimes soon perhaps

    Wow, nice comments, very inspiring to hear so many of you republicans voting Obama. Excellent, perhaps we are really not that stupid?

    Go Obama/Biden!!!

    McCain/Palin? What? You gotta be kidding. it is not that hard to spot a bald faced liar.

    October 31, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  2. Hope for the Future

    Distract McCain at his own home court, and then go for the pounce. Love it!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 31, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  3. Jerry

    Benjamin Franklin said "people usually get the kind of government they deserve", and we will find out on November 4. There is no mystery left in this race. Obama and McCain appeal to totally different values.

    October 31, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  4. jonnny the economist

    john mc pain, sarah plain will win in your nightmare! no way,no how, no mc cain, no palin!

    October 31, 2008 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  5. do the math

    I guess too many allegations, in too quick succession make all of them hard to believe. I'm afraid Senator McCain needs to look in the mirror and decide who he is and what he really believes in. It would be a fitting end for him if the most negative campaign in US history were to cost him his home state. I, for one, hope it happens.

    October 31, 2008 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  6. Doc

    This Arizonan used to make fun of Floridians for voting failures.

    The only apology I can make is to say that we are giving McCain a lifetime achievement award by giving him Arizona.

    October 31, 2008 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  7. mama4obama

    Having grown up in Az....this would be so awesome to see my home state turn blue. Its time America...its time!

    October 31, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  8. Myles, New Orleans

    On Nov. 4 you will see the Map of the United States overcome by Blue. You will see Senator Obama win in states that no one predicted. All the dirty deeds that have been done will not go unpunish.

    October 31, 2008 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  9. bayravin

    When John retires in his luxurious pad in AZ, he can hang out with 'Jack the unemployed', who he is unable to see while campaigning.

    October 31, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  10. PrinceDLW

    You know, John McCain was the only Republican (oh and Sheriff Joe!) that I EVER voted for. This new guy is so far removed from the John McCain I remember. My vote was always going to go for Obama, but just some of the stuff that McCain has stooped to this election and not to mention...Sarah Palin??, he's just really become a big joke.

    This election isn't anything compared to the fight that's going to happen in the conservative side of the system!! Oh BOY, that's going to be a blood letting. The "Boys" or going to try to make Palin disappear! Once the rest of her party get's into gear against her, she's going to be an Obama supporter!

    Mark my words.

    October 31, 2008 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  11. Max Powers

    I just recetly moved to Arizona from Pennsylvania in August, and I think its exciting to live in one of the states where the Senator is coming from the 'home state' Though it's exciting, I am voting for Obama, and I'm really happy to see the of support of Obama here. I'm hoping AZ goes blue! GET OUT AND VOTE! It's not over until Tuesday.

    October 31, 2008 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  12. Rj5000

    Let's put this thing to rest. Obama 2008 thru 2016 :-D

    October 31, 2008 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  13. Fred May Sr. WA ST

    October 31st, 2008 12:27 am ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Think about it–Current administration ruined America.
    Pick a sacrificial lamb. Mc Cain
    Hope Dems screw up
    Palin in2012
    Country gets fouled up again
    What a merry-go-round

    October 31, 2008 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  14. Eren in Tucson, Arizona

    We had an Obamathon calling party tonight in Tucson. We made 976 phone calls. Everywhere I look there are people excited about and voting for Obama.

    October 31, 2008 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  15. Gordon, Payson, Az

    You have no idea how many robo calls McCain is making in AZ. That's probalby the main reason his lead is shirinking in his gimme state.

    October 31, 2008 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  16. Jaime

    I got the opportunity to vote for Obama as a Senator in Illinois and get the opportunity for him for President in Arizona. The state is going blue.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 31, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  17. Fred Reyes

    McCain you should go to Arizona and defend your own state. It is ultra embarrasing if you lose Arizona your home state.

    October 31, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  18. Joseph Adewole

    Barack is ready to lead and really ready to lead well; the policies of republican Party has brought woes to America; America now has more enemies than friends all over the world. Anyway, the entire world is watching.

    October 31, 2008 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  19. Dylan, Los Angeles

    Yes I called it months ago. Arizona is too close to the the LIBERAL stronghold of California...not to mention Nevada and New Mexico turning blue.

    McWarmonger is scrambling just to hold on to his own state.

    October 31, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  20. Beachgirl from Melbourne Australia

    Hi Americans there's a famous horse race in Melbourne on Tuesday Nov 4, so you should all go and vote beforehand (The big O of course!) then relax and enjoy the race as we do. We'll all be switching channels back anf forth of course!

    October 31, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  21. Michelle

    "Barack Obama and his Democratic allies lack the experience and judgment to lead America,” said the calls.

    Really? Like the Republicans have done a stellar job with their judgement and experience? The last 8 years have been a nightmare and McCain himself stated in a television interview that he voted with Bush 92% of the time. With the hole our country is in now, we need more than an 8% chance of change!!

    October 31, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  22. CorpsVet

    John McCain has given up everything to become President: honor, dignity, judgment, morality, comrades-in-arms, family.

    October 31, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  23. Fred May Sr. WA ST

    It only takes a second to injure yourself, but a long time heal
    Be patient with the new administration.
    Obama in 2009.

    The world will be a better place

    October 31, 2008 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  24. Carol

    Tell George that Obama will not ruin the economy since George the terrible has already done that.

    October 31, 2008 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  25. Chela

    Obama has the temperament and intelligence and ability to build consensus that our country sorely needs. McCain is a hothead who spews hatred, fear and lies – and the crowning example of his (finger quotes) "judgment" was to pick Sarah Palin as his running mate

    And to those who say McCain was forced into accepting her against his better judgment, I say I don't want a mamby-pamby milk toast for President – I want someone who is his own person. If you can't stand up to your own strategists, how could you stand up to Putin or Kim?

    The North Vietnamese couldn't break John McCain, but the far right nutjobs led by Karl Rove et al sure did ...so pathetically sad ...

    October 31, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
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