November 3rd, 2008
12:45 PM ET
6 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. Proud American in a Big City

    He shouldn't bother with coming here, CO is goin blue!

    November 3, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. DJ in Virginia

    Its funny how earlier during his campaign, mcCain was talking about how he was a western guy and how he wouldnt let Obama "win on his own turf". Well, ive got news for you McCain, Obama isnt just winning out west, he's dominating you. You know its bad when you could lose your own home state. This election cant be over fast enough. Im tired of seeing McCain and Palin spreading lies on tv

    November 3, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. ines

    I ALMOST feel sorry for McCain – - – ALMOST!

    But I did wait in line for 3 hours to vote for Obama with a smile on my face the entire time.

    November 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Msame lose tommorrrow

    November 3, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. carson

    Mcsame ,
    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !

    November 3, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Rai

    They say, " everything is fun so long its happening to someone else. Senator Barck Obama is a very funny man. I am very sure he enjoyed it when his media friends were attacking Sarah Palin's daughter and Cindy McCain. He never condemn where he should. If he ever wins, the American people will sit down and mourn for ever casting their vote for him because he is so full of himself... and no one else.

    November 3, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Geo Joe in ABQ

    McCain's last stop in Albuquerque drew 1500 people, Obama's drew 35,000. Kinda tells you how looks in New Mexico.

    November 3, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. Kelly

    Well then maybe she shouldn't say things like that...you should always be proud to be an american or this country...we are lucky to be apart of this country no matter what is going on...and she might live in the white house?? Wow ... I was very offended by her comment

    November 3, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. Joe

    Karen, you should be happy, not worried. Obama has clearly spelled out his plan with specifics on how to repair the economy. He has accounted for every dollar, and you can read about it in his Blueprint for America (on his website). McCain has no such information on his website, I've looked. McCain just provides vague ideas without explaining how he will accomplish them. You can't continue to fight a war that costs 10 billion per month, AND cut taxes for everyone, AND put a spending freeze in place...it's just not economically feasible. Our government provides us with many vital goods and services (like military, education, infrastructure, etc.), and that costs money. If McCain freezes spending, there's no way he can stay in Iraq (or provide a tax cut).

    November 3, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Say WHAT

    Palin's interview with the Alaskan Newspaper:

    http://www.ktva.com/ci_10883497?source=most_viewed

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

    John McCain finally has a message that is being heard.......Obama, Obama, Obama. Keep calling his name McCain and it shall be!!!!!

    Well after Palin takes English101 and American History she'll think she's ready so lets start now to stop mess it evens gets started.

    November 3, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. OKLAHOMA 4 OBAMA

    if mccain wins it will be such a joke....we should do away WITH THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE!!!!!

    November 3, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. Sally from Cali

    Somebody should have told McCain that he needed to tell the people what he was planning for America, not what Obama was planning. I'd rather go with the guy who has a plan. At least with a plan you know where you headed and can change course if it's not working. Without a plan you're all over the place with nothing to say but criticisms of your opponent's plan. Duh.

    Can't imagine taking political advise from somebody dumber that a 3rd grader. How did McCain ever let Palin campaign for him? She draws large numbers because of the spectacle. It's like watching a bad accident while it's happening. Nobody wants it to happen, but can't stop looking.

    November 3, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. Stephanie

    Wow, never saw so many potential sore winners? Your precious Osama might actually pull this off yet you are still as nasty as you can be...but then again, what do we expect from left-wing socialist lovers???

    November 3, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. djak

    I'll be SO glad when this is over. Watching the division of this country is stressing me out.

    November 3, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. Noah

    So when Boarack Obama talks about taking care of our brothers and sisters, clearly he means our theoretical brothers and not our actual brothers because his half brother lives in a mud hut in Africa on less than $1 a month and obama has never tried to help him. Obama's own aunt, whom he wrote so glowingly about in his auto-biographer, is an illegal immigrant living in a Boston slum and obama never tried to help her. So obviously he means we the taxpayers need to take care of these people, rather than family helping each other out. I get it now. Wow, what a great plan Obama has for our country

    November 3, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Ted:Canada

    Be Nice!

    Let John, Sarah, Joe the Plumber
    and even Bush and Cheney walk with some dignity into the fading twilight of their political careers...hopefully history won’t treat them too badly!

    Focus on the future challenges but also the NEW OPPORTUNITIES that await!

    November 3, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. Charlie Bradley

    Last ditch attempt by a feeble minded old man. 287 hours and counting till the first polls close

    30 hours till the first projections come in

    I only hope Caribou and Senile have enough suitcases to pack it in and go home.

    November 3, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. Kathy in florida

    I'm a little tired of the remarks about Republican's thinking that a Democratic congress with a Democratic President will be too much chaos in ruling the Congress. I seem to recall 6 SOLID YEARS of
    Republican rule in Congress when the Democrats were frozen out of meetings and not allowed to voice their ideas or VOTE on any thing . Where were you then ? Please don't con the public into thinking you are concerned about the forming of the CHANGE in the new government because you care... The only thing you care about is that those deals you've been making might not survive .

    November 3, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. JJW

    Karen....are you saying the last 8 years have been a PICNIC? What the heck are you afraid of, that things might be better? I'm sure you DO feel angry and scared that Obama might win, but it has NOTHING to with the economy. At least try to be HONEST with yourself.

    November 3, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. Obamafied Cheesehead

    The truth only hurts when one doesn't want to accept it. I know there are people who relate with Sarah Palin and that's fine. But I also know people who relate to Beavers & Butthead just the same.

    November 3, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. MRP owosso MI

    After tomorrows election many questions will still need answers.
    For example,
    Who is going to get a tax break? I have heard so many numbers.
    How long will it take for hope to take over from despair?
    Who will the liberals blame with the economy when their plans do not work?
    How long will the newly controlled congress blame Pres. Bush for the issues they helped create?
    And finally what will all the Dems have to talk about with being able to attack the President, the VP and not having a Senate majority.
    The airwaves will be very silent until the next election on CNN and MSNBC.

    November 3, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. A Woman In California For Obama

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Obama advisors/staffers if you read this:

    1. Why doesn't Obama go to Pennsylvania tonight? Here you have a 72 year old man stumping at midnight (and yes, I know McCain is down in the polls) but Obama needs to be out there to. This looks bad. He is only 47 – why isn't he out there? McCain is gaining while Obama is in Chicago. GET HIM OUT THERE!!! I'm begging you; and

    2. It was very effective during the NC/Indiana primaries when Obama said "I am asking you to give me a chance and please vote for me". People love to hear the word PLEASE. Why isn't Obama asking for votes?

    Although I will be casting my vote for him tomorrow in CA and I don't care what kind of weather we have-it would boost his numbers greatly if he would consider doing these things.

    Thank you.

    November 3, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. nobama

    Stories you wont read on "Ticker"

    Obamas Aunt living illegally and in poverty in Boston. He says he didn't know hwere she was even though he took $260 in campaign contributions from here (I thought he was for becoming your bropthers keeper)

    Obamas quote about coal fired plants to the SF Chronicle. If you read the transript of the interview, it's pretty scary. If he wins, I don't want to hear any of you complaining about energy costs, becuase he basically guarantees that those costs will go up under his plan.

    A story, any story, about an Obama accomplishment. There have been none, story or accomplishment. Unless you count being the least expeienced, least vetted, least knbown candidate ever to run for the presidency as an accomplishment.

    November 3, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    People should be asking Sen Mccain where PRESIDENT BUSH, GO Obama/Biden

    November 3, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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