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. A Woman In California For Obama

    Go Obama/Biden!!!!!!! GO!

    October 30, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. JJ

    It would be a shame if Obama get your home state.

    October 30, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Meka

    MCCAIN WILL RUN AMERICA. . .JUST AS HE HAS RUN HIS CAMPAIGN! THANKS, BUT NO THANKS!

    OBAMA HAS SHOWN THE WORLD, HOW HIS MANAGEMENT SKILLS WILL BENEFIT AMERICA. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN SUCH A GREAT INCLUSIVE ORGANIZATION, IN A PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08-'12

    October 30, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. Keep On Truckin!

    Senator McCain, keep on keeping on; the race will get even tighter.

    ...remember Reagan, down in the polls, then he pulled off a victory.

    People are beginning to see Barry for who/what he is and what he stands for.

    The infomercial was simply aired to firmly plant his lead; why else spend that kind of $$ if you knew you had it in the bag.

    Two homes on my block switched out Obama lawn signs for McCain signs; another home (undecided) added YOUR sign.

    Obamas numbers are sooooo inflated!

    The infomercial hurt him more than it helped, simply by displaying his arrogance.

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

    the fact that it's even close in Arizona makes me laugh. I don't believe he will pull of the HUGE upset in Arizona, but it would be hilarious!!!

    However, I'm predicting Obama will pull off a win in North Carolina!

    October 30, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Rachel Farris

    Hey Arizona, You are all good people. You don't really want McCain and the Shrew in there do you? Let's just sent her back to Alaska and let John live out the rest of his life in style and we'll all be happy. It wont be long till they have to put McCain out to pasture anyway. You don't need Palin. None of us do.

    October 30, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. Vic

    Go blue AZ!

    Registered Republican "voted" Obama/Biden 08

    October 30, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. karen-phoenix

    I'm adding another comment–I'm sooo sick of McCain saying he will veto pork! The only reason he started that stupid pork stuff was so he didn't have to work for us in AZ. The man is lazy!!!! AND OLD!!!
    Republican voting for Obama/Biden

    October 30, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  9. joec

    Look at the demographics of Arizona. The population in and around Phoenix has exploded recently. I have no doubt that the population growth contains a substantial number of Democrats and independents. Add to that the fact that Arizonans know the REAL McCain and it's not inconceivable that McCain could lose his home state.

    October 30, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. LARRY

    CNN Polls of Polls is a joke.How can you have Obama up by 10 just
    days ago and now he up by just five. I don't make any sense. We all
    know that this election will be a landslide victory for Obama.

    October 30, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  11. hurriCAIN PALIN

    NEWSFLASH – NEWSFLASH – NEWSFLASH – NEWSFLASH – NEWSFLASH. nov4. hurriCAIN PALIN will be making landfall and taking the united states by storm. nobama democrats will be left in complete devastation for believing in the false prophet – nobama.

    October 30, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. Simmy

    Come on Arizona, Go Blue and put the icing on this cake!

    October 30, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. Papasan in Arizona

    Oh you just remembered Arizona? Well McCain, I'm one Arizonan that isn't voting for you! I pray that the state goes to Obama, McCain isn't an Arizonan and he never will be....

    October 30, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Katie from AZ

    Everyone I know is voting for Barack Obama. We loved McCain a year ago but his fall from grace has his home state disillusioned. We might not go blue but it will be tight and this just shows how close Obama is to the presidency

    October 30, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. Proud to be American

    AZ yes you can ..... what have McCain done for you and besides wouldn't having MLK day off be wonderful? besides the fact that it is a worthy holiday.... how dare the officials of AZ reject that holiday? well reject McCain don't vote for him now and kick him out of the Senate later.

    Thank you.

    October 30, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  16. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule and Winky Half-baked Alaska

    And how far behind Obama is Grampy in Illinois? Ouch!!! That's gotta sting something bad!

    October 30, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I don't know how anyone, except low information voters, could possibly vote for McCain/Palin. They have made a mockery of this election. Obama went from being a muslim terrorist to a baby killer, to a socialist to a communist to a Marxist. Oh, I forgot a redistibutionist. How stupid can anyone be to believe any of that crap.

    We need a man of honor and intelligence to help us out of this mess. I would be more than proud to have Barack Obama as the President of the UNITED States. McCain/Palin have nothing but try and divide this country, like the Republicans do every election.

    Enough is enough!

    October 30, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. LynnMarie

    I will vote for Obama. Cause I know he loves us all. He does mingle to those radical friends. But I know he loves us. LOL.... I like Obama. He is great.

    LOL

    October 30, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  19. Sierra Vista, AZ

    Originally from the RGV in Texas (another red zone state). Our entire family is voting for "Change". In fact, my husband and I casted our early vote for Obama on Tuesday.

    October 30, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. Belinda in Denver, Colorado

    I love how folks keep labeling Obama as a socialist. I would like to ask you what were those stimulus check that all of us Americans spent? And the $300B bail-out? What do you call that?

    And did you see the Larry King interview last night with McCain who stated that Obama was not a socialists.

    I have already early voted for Obama!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 30, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  21. Mary, in Ohio

    I'm a senior, and can not believe what all you other seniors are thinking. With McCain, your S.S. will go right out the door, just think if it
    was put in the hands of wall street by privatizing it , you would be up (you know what) creek.
    For gosh sake use your heads, Obama all the way.

    October 30, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. NANCY FROM MONTANA

    The race is interesting in Montana- McCain's advantage is reduced,
    BIG SKY COUNTRY TURNING BLUE!!!!

    MONTANAN FOR OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 30, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  23. Andrew Mortensen

    Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin,
    I am praying to the Lord Jesus Christ that you both win the presidential election!!! AMEN!! GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS!!!

    October 30, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  24. REPUBLICAN CRY BABIES

    Wahh wahh....elite media bias....wahh wahh....ACORN mean people.....wahh wahh....William Ayers Jeremiah Wright .....wahh wahh...NBC so mean.....wahh wahh.....Obama too much money, he break promise....booo hoo hoo....no town hall meetings....boo hoo hoo.....media sexist....boo hoo hoo.....GROW UP CRY BABIES! WAHHH WAHHH!!

    October 30, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  25. az voter

    The national polls always go through these corrections the closer you get to Nov. 4.

    What matters is the Electorial College Count ... state by state ... watch these numbers

    By the way ...

    As it turns out there was a relationship in the 1990s between the IRI, chaired by McCain, and the CPRS, co-founded by Khalidi, which received IRI funding.

    OMG ... McCain pals around with enemies of Israel !

    October 30, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
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