November 3rd, 2008
12:45 PM ET
10 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. Larry

    If McCain DOESN'T get elected we better be bending over and be kissing our butts goodbye,because Obama going to be leaving Iraq just to bring the terrorist war home to the good old USA.At least the troops will be here.I wonder where the terrorist will hit next?This is real scary to me,but everybody is more concerned about money.

    November 3, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. JL

    Right on! He will be in the west making his futile attempt and Obama will be in the swing states!

    Vote. Vote Vote Vote.

    Stand up and stand in line all day if you have to!

    November 3, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Joe Regis

    McCain Intrade Market Odds is at 8.5% now a very long shot. It is all coming to an end.

    November 3, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. dft

    The Mac is back? Must be losing his memory . . . he was never called Mac.

    Just like Joe the Plumber was never called Joe.

    November 3, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Betty, Virginia

    McCain – voted for the war (not only voted but actualy pushed) we had no business in and cost precious lives

    McCain – recently said our economy was fundamental strong (of course his personal ecomony is fine – his wife gets major tax cuts)

    McCain – announced the economy is not his strong suit so he'll select a VP that will fill that void – should have been Romney... but no, Palin

    McCain – experience we don't want or need!

    GOBAMA!!!!!!!!! EIGHT IS MORE THAN ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. tulsa

    Believe it. Join the majority and together we can tighten our belts, create new jobs, rebuild our infrastructure and schools, make health care affordable and create a new clean economy that will stay here in our Great Country.
    Join us! We are all Americans!
    Obama 08

    November 3, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Terri, Atlanta

    I love that – Shari NY – "by the time i get to Phoenix" – that is hilarious!
    I hope everyone that could vote early did so – please brave the long lines tomorrow guys – as someone else said – it's so worth it -our lives depend upon it.

    November 3, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |

    The worst economic crisis in decades.
    Barack Obama plans trillions in new spending
    And wants to redistribute your money
    Obama voted to give 12 millions illegals Government benefits like Medicare, Social Security and citizenship.
    That's Obama's plan.
    Don't believe it, just ask him

    [Barack Obama Speaks:] "We need to offer those who are willing to make amends a pathway to citizenship."
    Barack Obama. Too radical. Too risky.

    November 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. Steve/ Houston,TX

    I can't take the anticipation any longer. Either way history would be made. If Obama is elected it will be for the better of our country. If McCain is elected well, let us all pray that does not happen!

    November 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. Just wait

    I have zero doubt that John McCain will win this election.

    November 3, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. jeff in MA

    Back west ehh... sounds like he's retreating.

    November 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. Stu-Florida

    A Dear John letter:
    Dear John,
    I'm sorry to have to tell you this but I've decided to end my "relationship" with you. Now that I know you better, I've found you to be lying, cheating, mudslinging, off content whenever we speak and totally ignorant of my needs.
    I have now been with Barack Obama for a few months. I know you dislike him after all you say about him. None of which, by the way, is true. I find him to be intellegent, true, witty, focused and wants to make the changes I need in my life. He is also a better dancer.
    I really hope you don't mind and realize that is the best for me. I'm sorry about our date Tuesday night

    Miss America

    November 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Old white guy for OBAMA

    Hope he doesn't blow his ticker. Caribou Barbie doesn't have a handle on the VP job yet.

    Obama/Biden. How simple can it be?

    November 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Richard

    Will some win eathier way I will I have rentals Obama said he will spread the welath around so can i raise the Public housing rent ? If McCaine gets in I will keep my job. Obama will cut defense most of the pepole work some type of Aerospace and thier is lot of small companies that do this type of work.

    Think before you vote ! Vote for McCaine save your JOB.


    November 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 Years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Montreal Disc Jockeys say Palin is as gullible as Brittney Spears.

    And so are most of her supporters.


    November 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Jeff in Illinois

    2½ months and the Republican Ultra-Liberal Debt-Spending Machine will be dismantled once and for all.


    November 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. 47yo male for McCain

    There will not be any retirement with OBama as President. He dstroyed the mortgage business. What next? He's got Acorn going strong. He's got racism going strong. In fact racism is alive and well in GA. Obama proved that!

    November 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. NB

    I hope all the Obama supporters and people agree with Obama will get out and vote tomorrow. I am really scared about Sara Palin running this country. Even if you are die hard republican, please think carefully and vote for the better man.

    November 3, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. sarahinfla

    Smoke and mirrors ..... No honor McCain, will say anything.

    November 3, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. Beth


    What are you so afraid of? Is there anything more scary then the last 8 years?

    November 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. Rainy

    The United States of America will go to sleep on Tuesday knowing they have a new capable and competent President in Barack Obama.

    Obama will win in a landslide.

    Too bad Bush can't leave on Wednesday with McSame and Caribou Barbie.

    The USA needs to get on with change immediately.

    November 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. Allan G.

    Gear up Dems the attacks are coming, We'll be changing our red white and blue flags, to just plain white, within 6 months. Biden guarantees it.

    November 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. No Hillary = No Obama

    In yesterday's SF Chronicle was an article by the former Black mayor and this is what he wrote: ..."there's nothing about the Obama campaign that's connected to that vein of racial pride...he is not Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, who would have stopped at every Black church in the country during the campaign...he wasn't raised Black...he hardly mentioned affirmative action during the campaign, he didn't talk about all the Black men in prison, in fact he hardly brought up race at all...those have been the core issues for an entire generation of black leaders and Obama's decision not to make them the focus of his campaign left alot of the traditional black leaders on the sidelines". So much for history. McCain Upset!!!!

    November 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. Agatha

    Mr. McCain, were you sleeping these last 8 years? Your maverick did not seem to have worked, see where we are eight years later...... Think you, along with Sara, can do anything now. You seem to be bankrupt of ideas for your campaign, far less fixing the economy and for the future. Take a back seat, and Sara, you are nowwhere ready. Sometimes having experience does not equate to competency, knowledge and ability and sound decision making.

    Have a happy retirement.

    November 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. Liberated!

    Give it up old man.....go back to the retirement home and send you pet moose back to Wasilla!

    November 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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