November 3rd, 2008
12:45 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain to make last-minute push in the West

McCain is heading back to New Mexico tomorrow.
McCain is heading back to New Mexico tomorrow.

(CNN) - John McCain will spend the final hours before the polls close Tuesday visiting Colorado and New Mexico, two states his campaign manager now says are key to a last-minute “new pathway to victory.”

Both states voted for President Bush in 2004, but have been leaning Obama this cycle.

Watch: McCain looks for a late shift in momentum

Late Sunday, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis sketched out a fresh roadmap to the White House that runs through the West, telling reporters that new surveys that suggested Barack Obama’s lead was shrinking to single digits had given the Republican nominee reason for optimism. “If we can win Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico, all of the sudden we’ve got a whole new pathway to victory,” Davis told reporters. “Those weren’t even on the list three weeks ago.”

McCain's visit to New Mexico tomorrow will mark his second stop in the state in two days.

Watch: McCain says 'I need your vote'

Obama leads by 6 in the most recent CNN Colorado poll of polls, and by 8 points in an Albuquerque Journal/Research & Polling survey of New Mexico voters, both released late last week.

Both states also feature Senate races for seats held by retiring Republicans; Democrats are heavily favored in both contests, as the party pushes for a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the Senate.


Filed under: Colorado • John McCain • New Mexico
soundoff (265 Responses)
  1. Helene

    Yeah, he should go back to Arizona prepare his BBQ and his retirement.

    November 3, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. voter

    take a last minute push back home. this election cannot end soon enough.

    November 3, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Sir Nose

    He'd better high tail it back to Arizona- Obama's catching up

    November 3, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. lovable liberal

    If 'ifs' and 'buts' were candy and nuts...

    November 3, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. arc, Lugano CH

    McCain is truly mentally and physically in decline.

    And not too many people are grieving about that.

    Good riddance sickly elderly bigot McCain.

    November 3, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Dick Cheney

    Goodluck Mcbush!

    November 3, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Wonder which one of his 7 McMansions he'll spend election day losing in -

    November 3, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. chris

    if michelle obama is going to open her trap and campaign for the greatest person ever born (according to her), then she is fair game – maybe obama should stop his whining and be a man for once

    November 3, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Voted Early

    Mr. McCain I too would love to say Congrads on your new endoresment from .......................................... Dick Cheney!

    Wow with a BFF like Cheney you really don't need enemies.

    Bush was sooooo ' busy ' that he couldn't out there with you on ALL your rallies. But really who cares as long as you have CHENEY.

    November 3, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    yup INTO THE WEST... and INTO THE SETTING SUN as well... BYE BYE

    And what is Palin hiding in her medical records???

    November 3, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Justin, ny

    so, in otherwords, if they can just win all the states they're currently losing, they'll win the election!

    gotcha

    November 3, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. liz for hillary clinton

    i cannot wait for MCCAIN to win tomorrow...hillary 2012

    November 3, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Forget Nevada, McCain! Dems outnumbered Repubs big time in early voting. Pretty sure Nevada is already Obama's! YES WE CAN!!!

    November 3, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Don

    The one thing we have learned in this election season is that the media wants to control us...We have tapes kept out of site, we have bias reporting and we can in part thank Barack Obama for some of this. If he is elected will we ever know the truth..We have been given excuses for every connection, for every "boneheaded" statement because the media wants to cover a "historical" election. I don't care who wins...but I want a media that tells me the truth..and we have lost that....Will coal miners be in trouble if Obama is elected...I don't know..the media hid this from me. Will people like Joe the plumber be investigated for asking a question?? If this happened to Mr. Obama or his supporters the media would have been outraged. Obama broke the biggest promise he made..not to be a typical politician...and that should tell you how his presidency will be..Thank you CNN for getting to the truth...you will not be forgotten.

    November 3, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Dawn

    He is going out west? isn't Arizona out west? He is going home....

    Go back to Arizona, Palin go back to Alaska.

    Obama/Biden08/12

    November 3, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Shari, NY

    Let's help push the stagecoach, people. One, two, three ♫ By the time I get to Phoenix, la, la, la ♫

    November 3, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. rahepee

    Just hours to go, and we can let Sen. McCain fade into history along with the ignoramus he brought along with him.

    Brave the long lines, my fellow Americans. Trust me, it's worth it. Your vote counts, even if it's a landslide, because we need to send the message loud and clear that "trickle down" economics, "preemptive strikes", and hate-filled campaigns are un-American and dangerously wrong.

    November 3, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. panterazero

    a good friend in NM e-mailed me at seven this morning that early voting was splitting 2-1 Obama. if that stays true, McCain doesn't have a prayer in the Land of Enchantment.

    November 3, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. ANDY DAAS

    Waste of time.Go home to your rocking chair.

    November 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Rick in Florida

    GREAT......Just push on Westward.....like maybe 200 miles West of California!!!!

    November 3, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. D.

    Obama is putting his wife as a campaigner and then complains about her being attacked! Whhhoooo, what a white house we will have of "self rightousness" and "smart falsification of any wrong action!!!! Great America! (now I understand why this is a name of an amusement park!!!)

    November 3, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. Lights Out

    bye bye ... we don't need someone who is so unpredictable, unstable and prone to temper swings...... Retire now John.

    November 3, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. JL

    McSAME.......................Western really disLIKE republicans just an FYI, so tomorrow you see just how much they do NOT trust or like you.

    November 3, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. mitch

    one more day until were done with the right-wing hatists.

    November 3, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. JD in Moraga

    Is it a "new pathway to victory" or just another Bridge to Nowhere?

    This election can't be over soon enough.

    November 3, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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