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. MK

    If McCain thinks the "moderate dems" will vote for him he is CRAZY. He picked Palin, we can't trust her and her witch doctor. She scares me more than anyone I have ever seen run for public office.
    I watched Obama last night and he is the right man for this job, watch and see on Tuesday, he'll win by a landslide. If he doesn't we know the GOP has stolen another election and we should all revolt.

    October 30, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. Paul

    Remember McCain supporters it's important to get out there and vote November 5th!

    October 30, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    IF YOU HAD TO TAKE A TEST TO VOTE MC CAIN WOULD WIN BY A MILE!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. vic, nj

    He has to campaign in his own state. LOL!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. theogracias

    Back home they know the maverick is really just a jack@ss.

    October 30, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. SW,OHIO

    Be smart Arizona, go for the real leader! Obama is our man to fix the mess left behind by the second Bush! McCain will only help the people that do not need it. Please help us all succeed, vote for OBAMA /BIDEN!

    October 30, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. beachgirl

    Desperate desperate Republican party!! Even Joe the plumber is NO SHOW for McCain.

    They spread HATE, NEGATIVENESS, RACIST and now they are DESPERATE.

    Bye, adios, sayonara, chao!

    October 30, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Rick

    I can't wait to wake up next Wednesday and hear the words "President McCain and Vice-President Palin".

    October 30, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. dave harlow

    Santa Clause and Obama.... both great guys... both bring happiness for a day or two.....both will leave you high and dry soon enough... both are not real......

    You Dem just keep saying believe believe, messiah, a new beginning.....i think you will have better luck asking for a new football from Santa.

    October 30, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  10. HAWK, TEXAS

    70 year old disabled veteran voted straight democratic ticket today. no way mc cain.

    October 30, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. George

    AMEN AMEN AMEN

    People are starting to WAKE UP !!!

    Barack's little infomerical was just another redundant show of pandering....

    Thank you America for seeing past the emotion and celebrity, and realizing that Obama will RUIN the economy.

    Senator McCain is a leader than can be trusted.
    My family and I are voting for McCain

    MAC 2008 !!!

    October 30, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  12. HP

    I hear the frantics words in the Demwits blogs. You sound deperate, that's what you get for tooting the Obama horn, before Nov 4th...
    LOL

    VOTE MCCAIN/PALIN THE HERO

    October 30, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. Ghost

    Thanks for keeping things nasty McCain. With AZ turning I'm sure McCain will get worse. Guess it's time to give Obama some more money.

    Remember to get out and VOTE Nov. 4th!

    October 30, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    We're in the house, baby!

    Obama 08!

    October 30, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. AZ Demo

    Not!!!!! Can you say Arizona Blue State. !!!!!!!! I have worked the phones for Democrats and Early Voting was huge!!!!!! Lots of Independents and Republicans have voted already for Obama.

    October 30, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. D&D

    I wonder how McCain would feel if by miracle Obama wins Arizona...I really wonder how he would feel deep inside! Maybe he would resign from Senate!

    October 30, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  17. PALIN IS DUMB

    NO WAY MCCAIN/PALIN,NO WAY MCCAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. Joe Democrat

    If McCain has to defend his HOME STATE he has no chance of winning this election. Talk of tightening helps Democrats..it keeps complacency from setting in.

    October 30, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. Marc in Virginia

    It's a shame that all of you patting yourselves on the back for contributing to a campaign, in this case Obama's, could have helped us avoid the last 8 years had you not been so selfish then. Well, Obama's celebrity has resulted in a lot of handouts... I wonder if he'll actually come through on any of his promises.

    October 30, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. Easy answer

    To Mr. Tough question guy. Obama's tax increase is purely on the profit that the company makes. Therefore it is impossible that it would put them out of business. It does not affect their expenses.

    Oh and it's a 3% increase.

    Got anymore tough questions for us?

    October 30, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. LJ

    THE DEPERATE CRIES OF THE DEMS ARE MUSIC TO MY EARS.

    COME NOV 4TH YOU WILL SEE THE AMERICAN HERO WIN THIS

    ELECTION--MCCAIN/PALIN

    October 30, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  22. Precious Coker

    I knew CNN was up to NO GOOD when this network turned down the Obama informercial last night(even FOX aired it)

    All the networks that aired it got very good ratings. The informercial was very instructive and "neat"

    The NO GOOD CNN is up to is "polls are tightening" and yet McCain is ahead by single digit in of all places, ARIZONA!!!

    What has tightened the polls in McCains favour? is it the "no show" joe -the- whatever, or Palin, turning rogue or diva or wakcho or all of the above? CNN... please give me a break!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. Bill Clinton Does Not Even Trust Obama

    Clinton told the crowd at a Wednesday night rally with Obama in Florida. "He said, 'Tell me what the right thing to do is. What's the right thing for America? Don't tell me what's popular. You tell me what's right - I'll figure out how to sell it.'"

    This shows how inexperienced and unqualified Obama is. He goes and asks for help and then tries to sell it to the American People???????

    Im not looking for a salesman as President.

    Latinos For McCain

    October 30, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. Vince

    WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW – we would love to welcome you to the Obama show. Since your knowledge of economics is limited to regurgitating talking points you've overheard, maybe you should read a book!

    October 30, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  25. Eric

    I hate how the media is desperately trying to get this election all evened up. Its really sad how they point to the national polls when more swing states are going toward Obama. Look even Arizona is a battleground state. If McRage and the sweater filler win it will be bad for America.

    October 30, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
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