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. rb

    what happens in October IF Alaska's legislature finds Sarah Palin at fault for the firing?

    September 22, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Peter (CA)

    Would have been nice to see the change spread across a wider swath of the country. But, without a win, there is no change.

    September 22, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Michael

    Never underestimate the good sense of the people of North Dakota.

    September 22, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Daryl in Seattle

    A wise move. If people are too racist to vote to help themselves by voting for Obama, then focus on the areas where the intelligent thinkers of this new generation can help to force the change we need. Let the prejudice people of those other states wallow in disdain for Obama as he makes their lives better. What's sad is they'll still hate him regardless of what good he does for them.

    September 22, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Rev Wright

    Now that is a smart state......... All of America should be more like North Dakota a state of morals and values

    September 22, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. go away mongers-Ventura ca

    Too bad- but I'm sure the tactic of putting the teams where they are needed most will benefit the campaign. This is the most organized campaign I've ever been involved with.
    Wisconsin and Minnesota will stay with the Democrats- I'm confident of that!

    September 22, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Nick

    I agree – when it gets this close to election day – Obama has to focus more on keys states that he will have a better chance of winning. His entire campaigning technique will be one for the history books however – i guarantee presidential campaigning will never be the same after this!


    September 22, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. mitchell

    gotta make our money work ,wisely. good move,obama camp. dont waste your money on states that dont want to change. and dont waste money here in arkansas ,either. these people prefer to be 3 decades behind the rest of the world.

    September 22, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Independent but Leaning

    Obama has a established a disturbing trend of getting elected and then doing nothing but campaigning for the next office.

    We need someone willing to be president of the USA, not running for some global position.

    Does anyong remember, "People of Berlin... People of the world, our time is now..."? Scary, huh? Who's Obama looking out for: the world or the US? I want a president who is proud of this country, not one that thinks we are no longer the leader we used to be. Obama just wants to fall in lock-step with the EU. Socialism stinks

    September 22, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Sheryl

    What is so scary this year is all the Replublicans that are Voting because of Party affiliation not on the ISSUES.

    It really is a time in this World that one must Vote not so much Party more than vote for Character/Judgement/Intelligence. Barack Obama and Joe Biden have yet to purposely mislead the Voters with accusations to stir us off track, they talk Fact every chance they get. McCain / Palin are rehearsing the same stump speeches every time they speak. If truly Country First why lie to Win, why can't they speak the truth instead of spreading false hoods that some may believe and never verify. Sad Sad Sad to try and Win that Way.

    God's Watching and so is the rest of the World.

    Obama / Biden 2008
    Because the Truth Matters !!

    September 22, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. leapfrog

    Don't waste your time preaching to the faithful in the San Francisco/Los Angeles areas. Every died in the wool Obama supporter living in California needs to spend their vacation time in Nevada and help out the campaign staff there. It's a battleground state and there's an ample supply of vollunteers in California. So put your convictions in your duffle bag and hit the road to Vegas or Reno, or any of the larger urban areas.

    September 22, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Feminist Julie

    Obama will win these states! Obama’s rise in the polls recently is because NOW, the National Organization of Women has endorsed Obama/Biden. Because there is no woman on the Democrat ticket. There are too many women in high office already, and anyway, women really are not equipped to be giving orders to anybody other than children at a school or daycare.

    September 22, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. G.Breaux

    Good Move! Concentraate in the other states. We will win!
    But I am worried about the electronic voting machines.

    Can't wait until the debates. Go Obama!!!!

    September 22, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. Jo in NJ

    I guess I have to move to North Dakota. Because here in NJ there is a recession coupled with inflation and unemployment, and if I may mention I get to watch as my home's value fall every day! While my government bails out the rich guys accross the river(they don't need it)!

    What America do some people live in?

    Anyways I'll do my part,
    Obama/Biden in 08!

    September 22, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. Frank the Tank

    Hope, Believe, and Change... I'm not sure cutting your losses and pulling out would qualify for the three generic words of wonder...

    September 22, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    That's because Sarah Palin reminds the folks there of the female cop in "Fargo"....Without the smarts, of course...

    September 22, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. S. Boatman

    Obama Has An Excellent Strategy And It Will Take Him All The Way To The White House!

    September 22, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. Sitting Bull

    Good move! Spend the funds elsewhere. Is there anyone left out there?

    September 22, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Bulldog

    Why waste time and resources there if it too far out of reach? Smart move.

    September 22, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. Mercedes

    Then if the election is decided by those red states and Obama looses its residents real regret it when this financial disaster hit worst on americans. I hope that the other states comes through for Obama because there is too much at stake in this election year. Please say no to the military draft.

    September 22, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. hurriCAIN PALIN

    thats the spirit barack 'whos sane' obama, go on ahead and pull out

    of more states, AMERICA NEEDS EXPERIENCE not just good

    speeches or a one time 'good judgement'

    September 22, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. Jay T.

    I can't think of a better argument for improving our educational system than the fact that this election is close. Look at the position this country is in after eight years of Republicans running the executive branch and six years of running the Legislative. And, to make matters even worse, we are given Palin, who just crystalizes everything that is wrong with the Bush administration. Ignorance over the issues, incompetence when it comes to governing, Troopergate, and an ability to lie that is so uncanny that when she tells the truth people are excited.

    September 22, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. PoliticoPundit

    I'll only work with people where I have chance. I would not listen to any state who is not going to VOTE for me. Don't we call this opportunitism?

    This shows how serious he is about the election then Main street.

    September 22, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. RGB in MN

    As much as BO wanted to be inclusive and expand his map to red states, it is back to normal for Dems. He should try for Chicago Mayor next time.
    Game, Set, Match, McCain!

    September 22, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. Joe the Troll

    If they haven't voted for a Democrat in 40 years, that can only mean that they don't vote on issues. They vote like their families have always voted, and that's that. Don't bother – go find some open minds to work with.

    September 22, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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