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. Foreign observer

    These are States who loved the Bush politics. It is the right conclusion.

    September 22, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. si mwen te konen tou jou deye

    imagine obama wins alaska, just imagine how funny that would be. i hope those state give the man a chance. oboma would make a great president for all american while mccprofit would make a profitable president for his rich constituents.
    tthinink hard, alaska, idaho, georgia. i dn't be believe in red nor blue state cause we are all suffering from these economic diseases. vote with your mind not with you eyes. change we need


    September 22, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. afra


    September 22, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |

    I would love to see North Dakota surprise everyone and vote Obama. Hello to all Obama supporters in North Dakota!!!

    September 22, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Foreign observer

    95 % will receive a tax cut under an Obama administration. Means that you´ll get up to 1000 $. It is worth to do a small financial investment into that future.

    September 22, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Niky

    Too bad a 50-state strategy can not work in USA. But Obama tried. Well done!

    September 22, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Gramma Faye /Idaho

    I can understand why he is washing out of N. DK. He and his cohorts have been so anti drilling for oil and the Dakotas are setting on enough very easy to get to oil and natural gas to get this country oil independent with in 2 yrs. But Obama and Pelosi and the rest are anti drilling. This oil/gas runs from about Cut Bank, MT to the ND/MN border and the Canadian line to UT. But no one seems to want this to get to public. Look up Bakken oil fields.
    Wonder if this will hit the postings. Hasn't before.

    September 22, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Sian

    I would hope no state would be disregarded in this campaign. I hear people every day say they will not vote or will vote against their own party because they feel unappreciated by politics as usual. This decision could have far reaching effects beyond the state.

    September 22, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. bob in L.A.

    What happened to the 50 state strategy?

    September 22, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. JP

    Obama – you are the only candidate with a true vision and the honesty to reform government. I trust you, I believe you. You are a man of integrity and decency. Do whatever you have to do. I'm sending money as I can afford it. Republican ideas have failed the American people, we all know it.

    September 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. Jason

    So much for the 50-state strategy. Or was it 57?

    September 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. fixthebroken

    Hey *Independent but Leaning*,

    Can you please change your name? Just like most Republicans nowadays, you are being misleading and distorting the truth. Just call yourself a Republican and be done with it.

    Show some integrity. Thanks!

    September 22, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Independent but Leaning September 22nd, 2008 2:07 pm ET

    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.

    Did you (can you) read the article? ND has not gone with a Democrat in 40 years and re-elected Bush by 30 points (!). These are traditionally red states in which the Obama camp originally thought he might have a shot.

    No wonder the GOP is so strong – their people don't, won't, or can't educate themselves.

    September 22, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Unmoved Democrat

    Barack is going to win Georgia.

    September 22, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. BJ in NC

    To continue to advertise there would be a good example of throwing good money after bad. Better to advertise with people with an open mind. Better to be serious and campaign with people who have the interests of the country at heart. Don't expect to see this one posted.

    September 22, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. FreeNLovIt

    We elected OIL-BASED politicians and this destroyed our economy. Why do you want to give 4 more years to TWO OIL-based politicans, McBushain and PalCheney?

    McCain's dad died at 71-72. If McCain dies in office. Palin will inherit the throne. She had a D in economics and her state is an oil-based state with no diverse economy. If she leads the country, our economy will suffocate. She doesnt have what it takes to move the country forward. She doesnt understand the dynamics of economics.

    George had 8 years of governorship, but he didnt have the vision to move America forward. He was oil-based.

    Experience doesnt count if you do not have the vision to understand reality.

    September 22, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. FreeNLovIt

    Palin has the heart of Bush and the brain of Cheney. If you love Bush and Cheney, you will LOVE her.

    September 22, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    PoliticoPundit September 22nd, 2008 2:20 pm ET

    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.

    Really? This is how you see politics.

    I wish people who choose to remain ignorant would stay home election day.

    September 22, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. hillary supporter now 4 obama/biden

    obama was born in HAWAII-which last i HEARD IS PART OF THE U.S

    September 22, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Lorraine

    Why is this news? McCain doesn't have offices in certain states either, but that also isn't news.

    September 22, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Tom

    I admire the Obama campaign for reaching out to ND early on, but redeploying resources from small-gain/high maintenece states like ND to battleground states in the crucial weeks before the election makes lots of sense.

    September 22, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. BV

    "This shows how serious he is about the election then Main street."
    So, PoliticoPundit, I guess that applies for McCain as well. Where's McCain's staff in Illinois? Or how about Team McCain in New York? Or Delaware? Or even states like Nebraska or NORTH DAKOTA (as this article mentions, no staff there for McCain)?
    Fact is, Obama only needs to win all the Kerry states with Iowa, Colorado, and New Mexico. That's IT. He does that, he's the POTUS and McCain can take Florida, Ohio, Indiana, the whole lot of them. It doesn't matter.
    For Obama to change America, he has to win first. The BEST way to win is to make sure you have 270 electoral votes (as John Madden might say). You don't waste your time on a state with THREE electoral votes that definitely WON'T determine the outcome of this race.

    September 22, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. jm for sc

    I hope it was possible that people recieved the tax breaks and benefits according to their vote. If they vote for McCain and makes 250k or less, they receive tax cuts and benefits according to McCain's policies. If they make 250K or less and voted for Obama, they recieve the cuts and benefits according to Obama's plan.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 22, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. Wise White Guy

    Alaska, Idaho, and North Dakota. Enjoy your choice as you have for the past 8 years. I guess you are to thank for the current economy and corruption we have in government. You should be so proud! I on the other hand will be working to elect a president who does not think our economy is sound and does not think war is always the answer. One who thinks that the environment we leave to our children is more important than having more money than he can ever use and a guy who owns 1 car and 1 home instead of 13 cars and 7 houses. I value people and my country so i will be working to elect and voting for Barack Obama.

    September 22, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. tom kurlinski

    Obama's pulling out of some of the "red states" was almost predictable. When dealing with cultural mind sets such as the republicanisn that permeates these rural states, you have to call a spade a spade and cut your losses. From my experiencce in traveling through or living in states that are stuck in their pollitical mind set, i.e. republican, they follow their parents party stance, right or wrong. And I have to say that there appears to be an over all ignorance and low educational back ground with the electorate in these states. One look at a Palin speech, heavily scripted, with no reporters allowed to question her makes my point. Alaska, grow up!

    September 22, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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