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. SeaShele

    My family has already voted. My state will be blue anyway, so I wish I lived in Az so we could vote against McCain there. That would just be soooo funny!

    Obama already has 7 votes out of 8 in my family. Our wacky uncle went with Nader or else we would have had 8 out of 8.

    October 31, 2008 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  2. TRUTH

    polls are always correct ?

    October 31, 2008 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  3. Marco in AZ

    I am a proud OBAMA voter and supporter in Arizona! I didn't believe AZ could turn blue simply because McSame is based here, but now I do!

    ARIZONA FOR OBAMA-BIDEN!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  4. JERRY in Los Angeles

    Did anyone hear what former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleberger said tonight on NPR?

    I'd say that's an 'October Surprise' albeit a bit late!

    October 31, 2008 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  5. TOM REID

    lLook at the facts how did such a under privlaged person get to go into all these expensive schools like HARVARD rich kids have a hard time without alot of pull or connections . I wonder who OBama had behind him. I bet its big money. Facts are DEM. blame REP. for are world problems even though the DEM. have been in control the past two years. NOW they put in a smooth talking inexperenced Senator with millions of dollars being spent on live concerts ,pizza partys and TV air time. IMagine how much that 600 million dollars would have helped the poor. THE facts are at least we know McCAIN will put the country first and not for BIG MONEY backers. IF you are going to vote for your future and the countrys look at the true facts.

    October 31, 2008 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  6. Yoshu

    I wonder how McCain will deal with world leader?????

    October 31, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  7. kim from az

    I surely surely hope that this state can turn blue. I wear my Obama sticker proudly and am crossing my fingers for a win.

    October 31, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  8. Mayra from Denver, CO.

    Wow, So Colorado isn't considered a toss-up anymore...
    Neither is Nevada...
    Indiana went from leaning McCain to toss-up...
    And now the race is tightening in Arizona....

    THIS IS GREAT!!!
    Come on people, we need to knock on doors, make phone calls and volunteer for Barack Obama!

    Si se puede!!!

    Latinos for Obama/Biden!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  9. kayode

    HurriCain Palin Indeed..thats exactly what its gonna be if they get elected......it is gonna a be really disastrous as it would have an adverse effect on the western world....the whole word.

    American's dont be dumb..do what is obviously right. Vote Obama!

    October 31, 2008 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  10. Paul CA

    If he loses Arizona that would be so delicious

    October 31, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  11. Bill the Voter

    A candidate losing his home state is not unheard of. Gore unfortunately lost his home state of Tennessee in the 2000 election.

    October 31, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  12. kayode

    HurriCain Palin Indeed..thats exactly what its gonna be if they get elected......it is gonna be really disastrous as it would have an adverse effect on the western world....the whole world.

    American's dont be dumb..do what is obviously right. Vote Obama!

    October 31, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  13. Phoenix for Obama

    This househould of two in Phoenix, Arizona is going to the polls on Tuesday to PROUDLY vote for Mr. Obama. I am not sure if Obama will win AZ or not but from what I see & hear around town it sure will be closer than he ever would have expected. My parents both for Obama and my dad is a retired Chief Petty Officer and fellow Vietnam Vet.

    People here still remember the Keating 5 scandal and although McCain wasn't charged it is absolute fact Keating gave him money & vacations because he expected political favors from McCain.

    We are hosting a election night party and can't wait to hopefully be popping champagne long before Arizona booths are closed.

    Vote Obama/Biden 08!

    October 31, 2008 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  14. Sherrie F.

    We've had a lying, cheating, careless, not-so-smart, corrupt and destructive being in that White House for 8 long and suffering years for many... If Arizona votes for McCain then we will know where the 22% live who still think Bush is doing a good job for our country!

    NOT THIS TIME ARIZONA! WE NEED OBAMA FOR A POSITIVE CHANGE FOR ALL OF US... THIS TIME!

    October 31, 2008 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  15. Paul

    You guys are forgetting the Die-Hard Hillary Clinton voters. We will vote for McCain.

    Just think of this...Do you think all of the Clinton supporters who believe and put all their heart into Hillary's campaign will just let it wash away? No. They are going to vote for McCain. A vote for McCain is a vote for Hillary. McCain wins, Hillary will win in 2012.

    In reality, this is what will happen.

    October 31, 2008 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  16. Bill

    The fact that McCain is having to invest heavily in states like AZ and MT that are safe Republican states and is losing other normally Republican states like VA, NV, NC, and FL tells you all you really need to know about this race.

    October 31, 2008 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  17. Sylvia

    I hope the people of Arizona do the right thing and vote this dishonest, no integrity, lying man out of office and reject his sleazy politics by voting for Sen. Obama for POTUS.

    October 31, 2008 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  18. eric

    don't be fooled by old Grumpy! I voted Obama today and will be so proud of this country if he wins!

    October 31, 2008 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  19. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    McCain sinks farther into the swamp of lies, offering nothing but fear and smear.

    Sorry George, the only thing McCain can "be trusted" to do is continue the failed Bush policies. He can be trusted to lie. He promised a high-minded, issues based campaign and even in the final moments, McCain can not leave the swamp of personal attacks.

    McCain's campaign is so "Rove" – so last century and so over.

    October 31, 2008 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  20. dude

    Mccain can kiss his behind, goodbye, i'm in AZ and voting for obama!

    October 31, 2008 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  21. Old White guy in Virginia

    I am 61 y/o, self employeed (not nearly $250.000.00 yr), no health insurance, can not afford it, lots of health issues,retirement savings is down the drain. I am voting for my children and grandchildren's future this year. No more dirty politics, no more name smearing, no more man with no plan. Go Obama / Biden 08-12

    October 31, 2008 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  22. Tom

    what are we still writing about? cant you see that the election is over and Obama/ Biden are waiting for the inaguration ceremony

    October 31, 2008 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  23. Keith

    Republicans are not worried about Obama winning. They know they control the vote count in the majority of the toss up states and they know how the undecideds are going to vote...much in the same way Jeb guaranteed a Florida victory for Georgie in 2000. Watch and learn.

    October 31, 2008 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  24. Alaskan resident for Obama

    Our country needs this change! we can not afford another four years with the neo-cons in control. all they do is spread fear, and hatred! Palin is an evil. small person... not worthy to even be on a PTA board, much less VP! McCain is a hateful, vindictive old man... he serves no one but himself.
    the both of them should be put adrift on an iceberg, never to be heard from on the political scene again.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12...

    October 31, 2008 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  25. Dustin

    Did I just read this article right?!The McCain/Palin automated calls are claiming that democrats want to give civil rights to terrorists?! How can anyone vote for such a pair of jokers? Does anyone actually buy into such claims?

    GO OBAMA!

    October 31, 2008 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
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