September 22nd, 2008
12:30 PM ET
14 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. J from DC

    I just gave $50 to Obama because I am sick of this economy. In November Obama gets my vote. I know John McCain has no idea what to do, because he said the economy was strong when it is not. Now we have to pay so much money to get the banks out of trouble. So, why are we still spending all this money in Iraq? If McCain wins this election, he will keep spending billions every month in Iraq? I don’t think McCain cares how much the war cost, because McCain and his rich friends will keep eating. They are getting their money now (today) in this bailout. While, the rest of us have to wait to see who gets elected. I have friends who say they can’t see themselves voting for Obama, even though they like him. They say they will vote for McCain even though they don’t like him or Palin. They are just Republicans voting the party line. Still, here we all seem to agree on one thing. If Obama don’t win, the rest of us will get nothing, but more taxes. Then, when we lose our jobs, and can’t pay for our homes. They will take them and sell them to someone else, for half the price. It is happening every day, right here, right now, before the election. Obama needs our vote, and our money to win in November. Let’s support him now, before it is too late. As for the Republican, I tell them to vote Obama or Bob Barr if they truly want their party back.

    September 22, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. ANGIE

    Seems to me North Dakota is happy with the last 8 years and ready to vote for 4 more of the same!

    September 22, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. carlo

    Don't worry about those, Obama. The intelligent people in those states are far outnumbered by the village idiots.

    September 22, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. McHoover Will Kill Our Economy

    North Dakota did your brains freeze last winter?

    September 22, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Lou

    So obama's dream of winning by a landslide are fading day by day. If Sarah Palin is able to pull in 60,000 people for a speech this close to election day i'd be starting to worry if i was obama.

    100% behind McCain and Palin

    September 22, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. FreeNLovIt

    We already have two big OIL Elephants in the White House,why do people still want the same people in teh White House with the same policies?

    Palin had a D in economics and she's all for the OIL company.

    If McCain and Palin gets in teh White House, we'll have 4 more years of Oil policies.

    McCain may have to chase Bin Laden in the afterlife, if that is the case and Palin takes over, there's no way she can lead us through, consider the fact that she was not a good student and Alaska is an oil-based state, but not a diverse economy state.

    September 22, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Ready for Change

    Maybe Obama will pull out of the pockets of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lobbyist while he is at it.

    September 22, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. WhoIsPalin?

    Obama please don't pull yet out N.Dakota as well as the rest of America needs you! McCain-Palin are a ticket from hell!

    September 22, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |

    THat is right. Don't continue to make those states richer by spending REAL supporters donated money there. If they want to keep their head in the sand and not change with the times, then let them but when the times get better then they should be made to stay in a republican ran state of mind and governance.

    September 22, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. Abby

    A good Chief Executive move. In other news, yet another Fact Check proves that the McCain camp cannot tell the truth to save themselves.

    September 22, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. thomas

    He really needs to pull out of all the States. He is not eligible to run for POTUS due to his not being a Natural Born Citizen. CNN needs to investigate this further before the stupidity of the American voters takes over and elect this Foreign born Marxist to lead our nation.

    September 22, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. enomisa

    So MANY Americans are falling for Obama's lies. I can not believe that people can not spot a demogogue when they see one.

    The constant unflagging media support for Obama is the first hint that democracy is being subverted.

    September 22, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. FreeNLovIt

    Why even vote for McCain and Palin, jsut ask Bush/Cheney to stay in teh White House, at least they have learned their lessons and they are not going to immediately go to war.

    I watched Palin on Gibson interview, and she was ready to go to war. She didnt even blink to talk about negotiations.

    These two warlords run the country? Just put Bush/Cheney back in the White House...

    September 22, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Sarah does DC

    Goodbye ND! Im glad you guys will not be deciding this vote.

    Obama Biden 08

    September 22, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. georgia independent

    Still think they should keep folks in Georgia...

    September 22, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. fixthebroken

    Good try, Obama. It is a testament to your greatly run campaign that you could even get North Dakota to a possible single digit only win for McCain. You never know though, maybe Obama can pull out a miracle there. But Obama can still with without North Dakota.

    I would like to congratulate those in North Dakota who did decide to back Obama in this election!

    September 22, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Brandon

    Obama should just go for all the states that John Kerry won, and turn Ohio, Iowa, New Mexico, Colorado and Virginia blue also. I still think Florida is a long shot for Obama and should not waste too much time there. I say he stands a better chance of taking Virginia then Florida .

    September 22, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Amerika the beautiful

    When the media supports one candidate and ONLY one candidate from the get go- that tells you that democracy and the democratic process has been subverted.

    The media has already installed the dictator Obama as the president of the new socialist republic.

    September 22, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. Boye

    Wise move, Wisconsin has a better ROI than North Dakota.

    September 22, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. sky

    ....just one more reason NOT to move to ND....luckily Mt. Rushmore is in South Dakota.

    September 22, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. McCain Bill1991

    ND you guys put Bush in office by 30 points? really, and now you want 4 more...are you better off today than 8 years ago, because if you are may be we all should move to ND

    September 22, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. Independent but Leaning

    LOL- Obama can see the writing on the wall- blue states are slipping away and he's got to double just to keep from losing the traditionally Dem strongholds.

    Obama: Ready to get elected. Not ready to lead.

    September 22, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. FreeNLovIt

    Obama has the judgement to call on economic issues. It wont be all about the oil companies.

    I saw Sarah Palin's profile and it's horrible. She fought to make sure the polar bears and these one other animals are not on teh extinct list, so oil company can drill. ...

    McBushain and PalCheney are both more of the same...

    September 22, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. Jim

    Both campaigns are conserving their resources and focusing on key states. No big deal here. Even without Obama's staff, No. Dakota voters are well educated and can understand the following arithmetic:

    $1 trillion Iraq War + $700 billion Wall Street bailout + $80 billion Iraq treasury surplus + (McCain 8 houses + 13 cars) + (Obama 1 car, 1 house, 1 spouse) + (McCain 26 years in Congress) = Obama victory.

    September 22, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. Phil in KC

    I understand that he has to concentrate his resources where they will be most effective. I am, nonetheless, disappointed to hear this. I am particularly distressed to hear he is pulling out of Georgia. With a large black population and the 3rd Party candidacy of Bob Barr, I'd think Georgia could be achievable. Even if I were pulling staff out, I would never do so publicly. It sends the wrong message.

    September 22, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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