September 22nd, 2008
12:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama pulls out of North Dakota

(CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign appears to be ending its push for North Dakota, a state that hasn't voted Democratic in a presidential election for more than 40 years.

Obama's campaign confirms to CNN it is pulling staffers from the state and sending them to two key nearby battlegrounds: Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Democratic nominee last visited North Dakota in early July.

President Bush carried North Dakota in 2004 by nearly 30 percentage points, though a recent American Research Group poll suggests McCain only holds a 9 point lead there. The Arizona senator currently has no paid staff in the state.

The Obama campaign has also pulled staff from Georgia, Idaho and Sarah Palin’s home state of Alaska - all historically red states that also initially appeared within striking distance.

soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. JUAN

    What a mess the Republican party has become.


    September 22, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. The View from here

    I know the wonderful people in the states Senator Obama has had to close offices in, realize the need to conserve Democratic funds to fight the lies that McBush places on televisions in big key vote states, and, I'm sure they will forgive Senator Obama for having to use his moneys wisely. Knowing in their hearts, that they are still in our thoughts and prayers and will help the rest of us win this election for Senator Obama will be enough to sustain them through the tough times until November AND our President Obama will come thank them for their true support.

    September 22, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Sam

    thomas, your comment fits better with the article about obama losing votes due to racism. you shouldn't be allowed to vote – you'd rather hurt America's prosperity (and everyone's in it including your own loved ones apparently) then give up your prejudices. McCain wants to just win, Obama wants to do good – if he wanted to just win, he'd be acting as sleazy as McCain / Palin.

    September 22, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. pqh

    Where there is no vision the people perish. God uses the most unlikely people to do his work. He who has eyes and ears to h ear let them hear and see respectively.
    The next President will be 44th President. Referencing spiritual numerology, 4 plus 4=8 which means CHANGE Change is what Americans will get if they vote for Barrack Obama.
    America needs to begin the process of repair and healing from the chaos of the past 8 years and Obama is the one to lead this process.


    September 22, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. mitchell

    ND must like nationalist/socialist/republican party.

    September 22, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Darth Bosefor

    Actually, the people of North Dakota are largely better off than they were eight years ago. While higher oil and food prices adversely affect much of the country, the situation becomes advantageous for the producers of such goods (e.g. North Dakota). The western part of the state is actually experiencing a boom of sorts as the Bakken Oil Formation is developed. The economic situation in North Dakota remains strong. In fact, employers in North Dakota often have a difficult time finding workers.
    I do find it funny that the Obama campaign is conceding defeat to no one; the McCain campaign doesn't have any paid staff in the state, as the article states.

    September 22, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. America think for you

    North Dakota think for you, your kids, and America future. North Dakota we still love you in the east and west coast. I know that you will prove the republicans wrong.

    September 22, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |

    I live in South Dakota, trust me, I am surrounded by idiots who are still more worried about abortion and gay marriage than their job that was just shipped to China. Republicans have dummed down their agenda so it appeals to these idiots.

    September 22, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. Steve

    Obama has a 57...Oops, 50....Oops, a 49 state strategy!

    September 22, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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