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. Mack

    Haven't we heard this all before in past elections. Democrats get control and all is lost. Yet, if my memory serves me we tend to loose far more under Republicans. Now if McCain can fix out economy as well as he's managed his campaign that would scare most Americans. Or are we as dumbfounded as Senator McCain believe we are?

    October 30, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  2. MactheMorose

    ARIZONA TURNING BLUE

    This is good news, we want to have just one US of A- a blue America 2008, Arizonas do not lag behind join the bandwagon and vote the unity and winning ticket. Vote Obama/Biden.

    October 30, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. Geo Joe in ABQ

    McCain just doesn't get it. Maybe that's why he's so cranky

    October 30, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  4. eurotripper

    I voted early this morning in a suburban area outside Atlanta, Georgia for Obama/Biden. I am a male Caucasian in my 50's. I got to the polls at 7:30 A.M. and still had to wait almost 2 hours. People are waiting 3-4 hours in the cold to vote, and this has been going on all week. There appeared to be a disproportionate number of African-American and young voters. Their enthusiasm and determination to make their vote count reminded me of the anti-VietNam War movement when I was in college. I can only imagine what is going on in the inner city areas which have larger numbers of African-American voters. Don't believe the polls, Georgia is going blue and nationally it will be a landslide for Obama/Biden.

    October 30, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. dan

    McCain, will be just like the last Arizona politician who ran as president for a major party, Republican Barry Goldwater. If my history is correct Barry lost every state except Arizona.

    October 30, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. alex

    How in the world can u have to defend your own home state!! Now that is a true sign of how bad your campaign is !!!

    October 30, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  7. obama, the president

    the republicans are trying to care inorder to win an election

    October 30, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  8. Tucson AZ

    Yeah! I always new Arizona was a blue state!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 30, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  9. mitch

    hey john! call joe to rescue ur campaign. he'll be there next friday! lol!

    October 30, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  10. Kina, A Veteran in NYC

    ain't it sad that it finally had to come to this...Sen. McCain campaigning in Arizona...so he thinks the ppl of Arizona don't know that democrats will control both the house and the senate?...hahaha...yeah, dream on, Maverick...BTW, make sure y'all go out and vote...that's very important, caus all the blogging in here don't mean anything, trust me...go out there and vote...

    Obama/Biden 08.

    Kina.

    October 30, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  11. John Rico

    The new Zogby says Obama is back up to a 7 point lead.

    October 30, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  12. joker

    i hope Mccain looses this election.
    he is a liar and a fraud

    Palin is just a dumb moose without antlers

    Obama 08!

    October 30, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  13. Aviate

    NEWSFLASH – NEWSFLASH – NEWSFLASH – NEWSFLASH – NEWSFLASH. nov4. hurriCAIN PALIN will be making landfall and taking the united states by storm.

    If that were to happen, it would be the biggest natural disaster to ever strike this country. HurriCAIN PALIN would make Katrina look like a light drizzle.

    Fortunately, the American people are sick of the "heckuva job" the Republicans have been doing. McCain has Bush's policies and Palin, well, she's just Bush in a skirt (a very expensive one, too).

    No way, no how, no McCain / Palin!

    October 30, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  14. Dear Arizonans

    Please vote for Obama/Biden. The country is weary from the hate and the fear mongering. Let's not "Bomb bomb Iran". No more wars.

    BIG O EIGHT

    October 30, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  15. Oh yeah

    guess what, mccain has more close relation with khalid than obama, is it mean mccain is more anti-sematic than obama?

    October 30, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  16. Lee from FL

    that would be the grand finale

    October 30, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  17. Pat

    Gas prices are WAY down - care to notice? - Go ahead - blame the Republicans (or whatever other vile name you choose to apply to your fellow Americans)!

    October 30, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  18. A. Nogh

    Would you rather have a VP who has litlle experience (and foreign policy experience) or a President who has none? Go figure!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  19. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    If McCain weren't the Senator there, Obama would be ahead by 8 points. There's always a sense of loyalty for the home town candidate. It is satisfying that the Republicans are forced to spend money in Arizona.

    October 30, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  20. Florida Guy

    I'm voting for Mr Obama and Biden, and I pray they will win the Election.

    October 30, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  21. Marty, FL

    McCain and the RNC are running the most divisive campaign at a time when many Americans are looking for leaders who will unite this country again. Obama and Biden are offering that type of unifying platform.

    McCain seems to prefer Rovian-style division and polarizing the electorate with his appeal to the far right base, further confirmed by his pick of Palin as VP. It only confirms why I am a former Republican now.

    If McCain loses Arizona, it will be due to his poor judgment of becoming the type of divisive politician he used to speak against. He's unfortunately not the same person I used to support. How sad.

    October 30, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  22. I wish I could vote for Ron Paul

    I've been trying to bring myself to vote for McCain, and I realized that I just can't do it. He is not true conservative and he's lost my respect with his desperate attacks. I'll be voting for Barr – a true promoter of freedom!

    October 30, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  23. J

    Yeah can you imagine McCain losing in his own state. That would make an Obama win even more sweater

    October 30, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  24. Soccer mom

    I don't see a tightening. If it does I wouldn't believe it to be true. Just an excuse to steal it again. America doesn't need a leader that divides her.

    October 30, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  25. J.C.

    Go blue or red? If you are not blue, you must be red.
    This is such a black and white election. Undecided Independents are not with you guys. Must we divide our country into either red or blue?

    October 30, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
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