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. j

    One can only hope that for every state McCain picks up, he will lose another, bigger state. Obama supporters vote as if your very future depended on it – because it does. GET OUT AND VOTE!

    October 30, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  2. AirDiva in NC for OBAMA

    I love all of the people who are insisting that "their" family members/friends are voting for the same person they are. No one knows for sure who is voting for whom. That makes it a SECRET!!! You can only be certain of your vote. Now you can try as you might to sway your friends/family etc, but truth be told, this election is not decided until the polls close on Nov 4th. Until then, I will march up and down the street for Obama. McCain has no stance. He's spending his last breath in this campaign still bashing Obama and not once mentioning his own agenda. I can't believe that he would get into this expensive, exhausting race and not have anything to stand on. I really wish he would at least talk about himself for a change. Maybe then, someone will listen. His only support is from his base, those who will never vote Democrat. He hasn't been able to sway any new votes and that's sad.

    Besides, I would think anyone who runs for President wants to be President for the term limit of 8 years. I'm sure Mccain is aware that he will only be physically able for one term. To me that's selfish, and it shows that he feels he's entitled to this not deserving of it, and there is a BIG difference.

    October 30, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Mario

    I really don't understand how anyone could be undecided at this point, and worse yet, blame it on the candidates! If you want to know so much about vetting, policies, etc. then here's an idea: DO SOME RESEARCH! The information is out there, just go look. You obviously have access to a computer because you are posting on this site. Obama has truly spoken to and about this country, McCain has spoken mostly lies and propaganda about Obama. Look at the decisions and approaches of the candidates throughout this campaign. All BS aside, I think its pretty clear who is better fit to lead this great nation and with its best interest in mind.

    Obama/Biden 08/12!

    October 30, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. Johanna111

    I am sick of this election. Now we get to hear from McCain all about terrorism and Rezko. How pathetic. I'm sure the C.I.A. (or should I say the GOP.I.A.) will magically "discover" a tape from "Bin Laden" just in time. If the GOP wins, we deserve to live under fascist rule.

    October 30, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. CAMEROON/WEST AFRICA

    COME ON ARIZONA! TAKE A LOOK AT MCPALIN IN BLUE PRADA AND THINK OF HOW BLUE IS BEAUTIFUL.YOU WILL NEVER REGRET IT FOR LIFE.
    GO BLUE PLEASE. YES YOU CAN!

    October 30, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. INDEPENDENT

    THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF MURDOCH AND THE REPUBLICAN MEDIA ILLUSION MACHINE TRYING TO MOTIVATE THE RADICAL RIGHT WING TO VOTE.

    MURDOCH OWNS FOX NEWS, WALL ST JOURNAL, WASHINGTON POST, NEW YORK POST, SUN TIMES, DIRECT TV, SOME ABC STATIONS AND 175 OTHER MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS. THIS IS THE REPUBLICAN RIGHT WINGED MEDIA MACHINE AND IT MUST BE STOPPED.

    WE NEED THE SEC AND FTC TO WORK FOR THE AVERAGE AMERICAN.

    VOTE OBAMA 08

    October 30, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. vanessa the stay-at home mom

    Well, that says it all. If mcsame is struggling to win his own state that should be a sign to his supporters. WAKE THE **** UP!

    OBAMA/BIDEN IS THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. carol kesling

    remember when mcsame said the fundamentals of the economy were strong ??? last night on larry king he said the economy was BAD!!!!! then about 2 months ago when all the foreclosures starting to go south ???? he said you cannot REWARD STUPIDITY !!!!!!! that sounds alot like FLIPFLOPING TO ME JOHNNY .. WHATS IT GONNA BE ????? because now he wants to help all the people with their mortgages, PLEASEEEEEEEE !!!!!!!! a little to late id say !!!!!

    October 30, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Peter (CA)

    I grew up in Tucson. Pima County went blue for Kerry and will go blue for Obama. I would love to see the rest of the state do it too.

    Says it all doesn't it? The people McCain has been representing for 26 years don't trust him enough.

    October 30, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. Te

    Mrs. Palin, after a shopping spree again, called from her cell phone and insisted that the signs in the suns, the moons, and the stars should be imminent.

    Hopefully, McCain,73, will retire now.

    October 30, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. Peter (CA)

    Obama Show-you may want to get back on your medication.

    The point of taxation is and has been clear. If you right wingers read instead of just foaming at the mouth, you would have seen that.

    It is also clear that the change in tax rate would be MORE than offset by the increase these businesses will see when middle and lower income people have more money in their pockets to buy goods and services.

    So, give the RNC talking points a rest. They are nothing but more lies and distortions.

    October 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  12. Former Republican in Southlake, TX ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I am SO disgusted with the Republican party anymore. They no longer represent me on the issues, and they no longer represent my ethical values.
    McCain & Palin have conducted the dirtiest most negative campaign I have ever seen (and I'm over 60, so I've seen a few).
    McCain's temper scares me– his inability to grasp the issues scares me– and his poor decision making in picking Palin scares me.
    Palin's ignorance scares me– her hateful bigoted comments scare me– and her unbelievably driven personal ambition scares me.
    I am one of those "over $250K" people who MAY well have to pay more in taxes, but I have voted, and I voted for Barack Obama!!

    October 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  13. Bailey

    I think the Undecided are realizing the MoveOn and Dems are as dishonest as the Republicans. Like when the MoveOn people say they are going to send you a button, then they send an email saying the buttons are lost in the mail or that their dog ate them, when really they were just trying to get your email to email you all kinds of crap and never intended to send you a button.

    I don't have a button and I'm a little bitter about it.

    October 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. CAMEROON/WEST AFRICA

    WE GOT THEM JUST WHERE WE WANTED.

    October 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  15. That one

    Geez…….4 more days of this bimbo!!!! What else can they do? for the dumb ones they can instill fear….for the uneducated they can instill..well misinformation. Just 4 more days and you can go back to alaska and hibernate in one of the igloooooossss.

    October 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  16. Phoebe

    LOL – I hope he also loses Kansas... that would be a real hoot!

    October 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. dgs in Louisville

    An Obama victory in 2008 will look like Nixon in 72 or Reagan in 84! KY voters lets ditch Mitch McKKKonnell on Tuesday!

    October 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  18. Dal Californian

    Pork is what is not going to Arizona. May be they need some pork.
    Arizonians if you want pork for investments then get rid of the Maverick and install other s who will bring in some pork bellies to Arizona economy.

    October 30, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. Steve in CA

    The title of this post is self-contradictory. The race is tightening, but Obama is preparing to take McCain's home state? If Obama is successful in taking Arizona, this will be the mother of all landslides.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 30, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. John

    If you've been paying any attention to this race and have learned anything..please let it be that the ECONOMY is everything. Without a strong economy there is no jobs, health care, wealth or security. Like the way this economy works? OK...vote McCain. Tired of seeing our manufacturing jobs go overseas, layoffs, working several jobs and still loosing your house? Realize the Tax Cuts have only benefited the wealthy at your expense? Vote Obama. It's as simple as that.....To my fellow citizens, who's cultural development has somehow brought about the fear of voting for a black man...Which is better? An honest black man trying to bring much needed change or a vicious deceiver that will force your children into economic slavery? Don't let it be too late...let's all unite and take this country back. The wealthy can be thankful, proud and support us, or they can just go live in Europe with their masters.

    October 30, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. just dallas

    welcome to the Obama show! That right wing argument that if taxes are raised then companies will go out of business is a fairytale that the GOP constantly tries to sell. It's a historical fact that tax and spend liberals as you call them handle the economy better than the less educated GOP.so please cut the crap a modest increase in taxes on the wealthy will not be missed by the wealthy at all nor will it affect small businesses in any way. ITs been proven time and time again that the trickle down effect doesn't trickle down it actually take a democrat to go in office and make things right. Like Bill said everybody does well when the dems set the agenda how can anyone dispute that.

    October 30, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  22. OHIO FOR OBAMA

    YOU KNOW IT IS PRETTY SAD WHEN YOU CANT WIN YOUR HOME STATE BY A LARGER MARGIN. JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU AND LYING PALIN ARE NOT WANTED. ANYWHERE. YOUR THROUGH OLD MAN. TIME TO RETIRE AND RIDE OFF INTO THE SUNSET. BYE-BYE NOW.

    OBAMA,OBAMA,OBAMA FOR REAL CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  23. Observer

    Wow. John McCain has to defend his home state? Not a good sign....

    October 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  24. Bill,ca

    I hope Obama will have one large ralley in Phoenix, Arizona and turn it blue.
    That would be the nail in the coffin for JohnMcShame.

    Anyway, the republicans will continue to make a lot of noise these last few days befor election, it won't help them a bit, and they know it already.

    Obama / Biden 08

    October 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  25. Chandler AZ

    McCain is in AZ for himself. we don't see him anymore. We need a new senator overhere.
    May AZ goes Blue.

    October 30, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
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