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. Dream on

    McCain may pick one of these states off, but he's dreaming if he thinks he'll get all 3

    And Chris, say what you want about M.O., but unlike Cindy she wasn't the one who ripped off her own charity to supply her drug addiction. Cindy did well to keep a low profile this time around – just imagine if the situation were reversed, all the righteous outrage coming from the Repubs.

    Obama 08 & 12

    November 3, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Joe Regis

    McCain and his people will be out of their torment by tomorrow. 8 years of the repubs is enough.

    They are gone and gone for good.

    November 3, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Karen, Arkansas

    Keep heading west John....into the sunset.

    November 3, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. tulsa

    LET THE BEAT DOWN BEGIN.
    Check out pollster.com and the poll numbers corrected for cell phone only voters.
    BYE BYE JOHNNY AND SARAH.
    380+ EV FOR OBAMA/BIDEN!

    November 3, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. A. Prince/Lexington,Ky

    I watched McCain this morning and all he was saying Obama said this, Obama said that can he find his own things to talk about. I have heard people say that McCain is the right man.
    Please tell me how you came up with that conclusion because he never says what he can do he always take what McCain say and try to change it as him saying. How sad can a person be

    November 3, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Morgan

    This is a great example of McCain's problem. Tomorrow is the election and he has a new "roadmap to victory". You can't keep jumping message and startegy. every few weeks. Obama has been about change since day one of his campaign. McCain found change once he saw it working for Obama. Obama does a panel discussion with his advisors then McCain and Palin does one.

    Be original next time!

    November 3, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. The World for Obama

    Go home and start your retirement old man.

    November 3, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Schneider (D) - CA

    Obama: endorsed by dozens of conservative Republicans with direct White House experience, literally hundreds of Nobel Laureate scientists, financial magazines like the Economist, business leaders like Buffet & Gates, not to mention people like Colin Powell.

    McCain: endorsed by Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, George Bush, Dick Cheney, not to mention terrorists like Osama Bin Laden.

    Choose the voice of wisdom, intelligence, good judgment and common sense: Barack Obama!

    November 3, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. NC is not the place to be

    Too many haters there...

    I would love to be 65 and live in NC, but after the comments I see I would never want to visit that place at all.

    November 3, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. OBAMA IN 2008!

    We must take this seriously and still go out and vote for O B A M A !!!!
    V O T E
    V O T E
    V O T E!!!!

    November 3, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. john for OBAMA

    He should head to AZ and repair the damage he has done there LOL he may not get re elected LOL!!

    November 3, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. NoMcSame

    Little man take Playlin back to Alaska and stay with her. After the race is over we won't have to look at your UGLY FACE anymore which is a good thing.
    We have work to do so enjoy the cold and dark and tell the Palin's to keep those legs closed till they get older and married. Didn't they learn anything in that church that they go too? Oh yah, they learned how to run a witch away. Right Wing Nuts.

    November 3, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. carol

    JOHN MCCAIN NEEDS TO TAKE A CHILL PILL AND STOP ALL OF HIS LYING ABOUT BARACK AND GO GET CINDY SHE LOOKS UNHAPPY BEING BEHIND JOHN SHE IS USED TO BEING IN FRONT AND ALSO SHE SAID SHE WOULD NOT CAMPAIGN AND LOOK WHAT SHE IS TRYING TO DO

    November 3, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Kristina, Seattle

    I love how McCain only goes to states that he thinks he can win, or that look good for him at the moment. Obama focuses on ALL STATES - even those he's likely to lose.

    November 3, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. ST

    I wish him luck. I think he's going to need it. Maybe this will be an example to future GOP candidates, come up with new ideas and run a SMART campaign next time, maybe then you will not be fighting for your political lives.

    November 3, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. Rudy

    goodbye john. hope to never see you again.

    November 3, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Hey McCain! Don't come far West to Cali, brother.

    You have no chance here in THE GOLDEN STATE!!!!!

    Even Arnie is going to vote Obama--though he says otherwise.

    Just towing the GOP line Arnie is!!!

    ObamaRock!

    November 3, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    Weren't these states considered 'safe republican' a few weeks ago? It reeks of desperation, methinks. Last spasms of a dying campaign.

    Ahhhhhhh...McCain–only 92% Bush!!!! LOL!!!!

    No to Palin/McCain!!

    Barbara – 65 yr old white female in NC–thanks for all the posts over the last few weeks. I hope it all pays off tomorrow.

    One Vote.

    One Team.

    One Nation.

    Obama/Biden '08

    November 3, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Dave, Central Illinois

    Oh, by the way, you hateful little Obamanots: your grade-school level rantings clearly demonstrate the nature of your greedy, self-serving, despicable, nasty selves. I hope you are the first victims of Obama's failings.

    November 3, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Sarah needs to be honest, for a change. If there is nothing to hide, then why hide them? Her medical records should be opened. Hey, I'm thinking of mine and I personally have no problem sharing them with the public, even if I'm not running for office.

    So what is she hiding? Must be pretty bad, reminds me of when she was hiding from the troopergate investigation, where she was found guilty of being a coniving white trash dirt bag!

    The lady is the absolute worst form of human ever to exist. She is a stain upon the fabric of the american tapestry. She needs to be sent to prison!

    November 3, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. Suzanne

    As McCain is developing allergy
    As he scratches an area, another one start to itch...
    Good luck scratching all over... You could rather take antihistamin and go to sleep
    It is already too late

    November 3, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Susan

    John, do us all a favor. Head west to Arizona, sit down and shut up. We have heard enough of you and Palins hate filled messages! OBAMA/BIDEN 08!

    November 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. Greg in MN

    Is anyone really going to go to a rally the day of the elections? Like people have the time since the lines will be long tomorrow.

    Take the day off McCain.

    November 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. That One

    Stick a fork in pork barrel McCain he is done!!!!Thrilling is the prospect of Sarah Palin finally going away. Wednesday at this time, it's entirely possible that we'll see the last of Sarah Palin on the national stage. At least for now.

    November 3, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. The Watcher

    This guy never was in it to win it. All this last flurry is just window dressing to make it look good. Obama was the chosen one [bi-partisan] to begin with. Get ready for the new boss people....just like the old boss

    November 3, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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