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. Chloe

    The fact that the race is still competitive, even with the Obama campaign's financial advantage, proves that barely factual smears and negative, divisive politics still work and will likely remain the mainstay of the Republican playbook for years to come.

    Country First indeed.

    October 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. Bee

    The McCain campaign will say that this was their plan all along.

    October 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. True Blue Ohio

    It's not over until every vote is counted. It is not enough to just vote. Volunteer and do your part to be apart of a truly historic moment. The powers that be are well rehearsed in stealing elections. It is imperative that everyone get involved to make sure that this does not happen in 2008.

    October 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. Gene Dallas Tx

    Dem should win Arizona and rub it in Republicans face, the wheel of fortune is on their side.

    October 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. rahepee

    Don't give me the socialist jive, GOP. McCain is just as likely to tax yer a$$ as Obama. He'd just redistribute the wealth from you to the rich.

    October 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. Deborah, HI

    Imagine if Barack had had an affair and left Michelle and her two kids, imagine if Barack's daughter was a pregnant teenager, or if he had been involved in the Keating 5. He would not be in line to win the presidency now. There's a double standard and Barack has to be almost perfect. If they can't find anything on him, they'll make stuff up.

    It's shameful. I'll never vote for a man who left his wife and kids for an affair with a beer barbie doll, never.

    Send the bums back to Arizona, and pick a new Senator, this one's done.

    October 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. Shola in Arizona

    I know of people here in Arizona who have been polled and have said they were voting for Obama when, in fact, they are voting for John McCain..McCain is not going to lose Arizona..and, I wouldn't be surprised if people weren't doing the same thing all around the country..so much for your polls!

    October 30, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. values

    GOING TO MCCAIN'S HOME STATE IS GREAT. THIS WILL BE THE ULTIMATE SLAP IN THE FACE.

    OBAMA........08

    October 30, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  9. Dennnis

    It is in CNN's best interest to report that the polls are tightening. Regardless if it is true or not.

    October 30, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. Gene

    If McCain wins this election.. it will simply prove that Americans are not ready for a positive message... that Americans still crave negativity, fear, and divisiveness.

    John McCain has turned into the worst that America has to offer.

    October 30, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. ENE M DIAZ

    THE KEY TO THE MC CAIN -PALIN VICTORY IS THE REVEALING OF L.A. TIME TAPE, THAT IS VERY HIDING. WILL DROP ALL OTHERS ADS./////////

    October 30, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  12. Cynthia for conseratives

    There McCain goes again...nothing positive to say so bring on the negitives to cover up his lack of what to say on issues like the economy. Scare-up McCain...just more Bush tatics. Maybe Azirona will finally dump McCain.

    October 30, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  13. Borat

    If he loses Arizona that would be so funny .

    October 30, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. rahepee

    Interesting...Gallup has Obama pulling away from McCain. I'd trust a polling organizaiton more than a news organization that profits by keeping people unsure of an outcome and thereby tuning into the news organizations to see what's happening.

    October 30, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. Renaulle, VA

    McCain is not taking this election seriously. That's why he suspended his LOSING campaign. He doesn't care if the country is worried, he wants to make things worse. Why? Because he doesn't care, he's set for life, what does he care if we're so worried we'll change our minds and vote for him.

    He's a bum, and I don't want a bum and his skanky, plastic wife in my White House.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 30, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  16. Mikey

    McCain losing Arizona would be just too funny.

    Question for McCain: Who gets to decide you are a terrorist before they take away your civil rights?

    Question for America: Do we want America to become a place where you can be thrown in prison for years on end without any proof you are guilty and no way to prove your innocence? What did the founding fathers fight the revolution for? What did all the veterans in all the wars fight for? against? If we give up who we are because it makes us FEEL a little safer, then who will we become?

    October 30, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  17. Vivian

    It is too sad, but obvious to say...if Obama were white, he would win by a landslide. When will we learn, when will we learn....

    October 30, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  18. Susan in NC

    Let's go, Arizona! Vote Obama!

    No Way, No How, No McCain, and certainly No Palin!

    October 30, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  19. Betty, Virginia

    There are a lot of us republicans voting Obama this year. John the Deregulator really doesn't get it. It's not an Obama campaign he's running against. It's an American people - real people - pro-american people's campaign. John the Reregulator, your pro-CEO campaign has oil companies making record profits from overcharging us this past summer... shame on you for supporting them.

    October 30, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  20. Pat

    I can't belive America could be falling for these smears!!!!!!

    All these fear tactics are sooo disgusting
    McCain is a sorry shadow of who he used to be.

    October 30, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  21. bye john the loser

    mcblame....... its over

    October 30, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. Lawrence in Denver

    -hurriCAIN PALIN-

    you blog 'NO WAY, NO HOW, NO BIDEN, NOBAMA'.

    Really? Just like a typical rethug...you can't even come up with anything new so you have to use what Hillary Clinton has said towards your sorry excuse for presidential and vice presidential candidates.

    ~Lawrence in Denver

    October 30, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  23. Chris

    CNN's "Poll of Polls" is a complete joke. Plus, it's irrelevant. The only thing that matters are the polls in the battleground states, most showing Obama is way ahead. That is where the election will be decided.

    October 30, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    HEY OBAMA SUPPORTERS,

    TOUGH QUESTION FAR YOU.

    AS OBAMA RAISES TAXES ON COMPANIES OVER $200,000 (I THINK HE CHANGED IT AGAIN) AND THESE COMPANIES HAVE TO RAISE PRICES TO MAKE UP FOR PAYING HIGHER TAXES GUESS WHO WILL PAY FOR THE INCREASE??

    AND ANOTHER BRAIN BUSTER FOR YOU WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ALL THESE COMPANIES GO OUT OF BUSINESS BECAUSE THEIR WILL BE A BREAKING POINT. HUH HUH

    YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ A BOOK (IF YOU CAN READ) ABOUT THE DEPRESSION. MAYBE IT WILL HELP YOU.

    October 30, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  25. Betty, Virginia

    Hey hurriCAIN PALIN

    you got that right... McCain/Palin would be a natural diaster!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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