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. Fargo_resident

    President Palin dont need a PHD in economics cause she gets her direction strate from God. She'll bring all the people to Alaska after the apocalypse. My cousin went to her church and God's talking to them in tongues. She told me that Palin knows all about the 2nd coming. I see through obama's fancy talk.

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

    This just shows that the negative campaigning has had more legs than Obama team had hoped. Not surprising, but sad. He had a chance in these states, particularly Georgia. He will do better than many in the past, but with a winner-take-all system he's doing the right thing. Pound the midwest and secure the west. East is locked up and middle America is red this time around.

    September 22, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Fed Up

    It's really a shame that the people in those states have been BS'd into buying the "Bridge to Nowhere" that the Republicans are selling. We won't hold that against them when President Obama takes office.

    Just say NO to Bush 44 and Caribou Barbie.

    GO Obama/Biden!!!

    September 22, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Ryan, Florida

    Thats too bad South Dakota...Not many smart folk there huh?
    Meanwhile Sarah Palin is yet to hold a press conference and wants to be Vice President of the United States?
    Welcome to what its like in Putins Russia. Democracy? What Democracy?

    September 22, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Chaz

    I love the self-appointed liberal zealot Obama representatives who are conceding North Dakota on behalf of Barak Obama. Who do you think you are going to convince that they should vote Democrat from your silly excuses and insulting posts? Your pro Obama comments are really anti-American condescension.

    What American would insult another for what they believe is best for the country? I guess that's you 'J from DC', 'Angie', 'Carlo', and others! You remind me of high school or even earlier days when the bully who lost the schoolyard fight would whine saying, “I didn’t want to fight you anyway!”

    Of course Obama wanted North Dakota. It’s silly to say otherwise. Then to insult people from North Dakota because your candidate could not overcome a 9 point margin when there is absolutely NO republican campaign money being spent in the state? It just wasn't going to happen. Too bad he didn't realize that earlier before wasting your campaign contributions.

    Hey, I like Obama, too. I just don't think he should run the country and represent me world wide.

    And... go ahead. Attack me, too. Can you resist? Think you’ll change anyone else’s mind by attacking me?

    September 22, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Ken

    NOBAMA is running scared and is realizing that he made a big mistake when he chose Biden over Hillary Clinton for his running mate. I think also that the Democrat "Super Delegates" also are realizing that they to made a big mistake by voting for Obama instead of Hillary Clinton.

    Obama will lose in November due to his own stupid mistakes. A VERY GOOD THING!

    I am a Hillary Clinton supporter who is votiing for McCain/Palin!

    McCain/Palin 2008

    Hillary Clinton 2012

    September 22, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. brownie

    If you put the old and new George Bush and mix them up we get McCain ……. dear lord … GOD help us!

    September 22, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. TiredofGOPWhining

    I've lieved in ND for 8 years, what a mistake. We settled there as refugees, albeit white, but with funny names. People there are good, but extremely sheltered and introverted, and certainly ignorant of how the rest of the world functions. Majority have never ever left the state. I might even add racist and scared of anything and anyone who is different. "40 below keeps the rifraf out" is their favorite unofficial slogan for the state. Which really means – anyone of color or of different ethnic group is not welcome.

    I am not surprised that EVEN with the state of the economy and everything that this administration did to butcher the country, they would never ever vote for a Democrat, ESPECIALLY a black guy with a funny name. Sad.

    September 22, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. White Mother for Obama!!

    Maybe ND is so far in the sticks they dont know up from down

    September 22, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. My State Is Blue! Yours Can Be Too!

    I think Obama/Biden can pull some of those RED states. I think PA, GA, VA and OH will all turn BLUE this November 4th.
    He is smart to put his resources where they will do the most good.

    September 22, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Lynn in NM

    Guess you Democrats in ND just don't count for anything. Kind of like the caucus states for Hillary.

    September 22, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Bill Tampa

    They were promised that Cindy would participate as Ms. Buffalo Chips..She'll have plenty of time to do it come Nov.


    September 22, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. Maggie From Virginia

    It's all going to really boil down to how far America has come in race relations. I think we are going to overcome hate and be a beacon of hope throughout the world. It's not going to be easy but this movement is growing more and more each day. True Americans, the ones that know how it feel to barely get-by, will vote for Barack to be our next President of the United States. It's time to heal from within!

    September 22, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. H Martin

    Thomas @ Sept 22 205 p.m.

    Last I checked Hawaii was a part of the US. Panama however was not. At least Obama was born on American Soil. His mother as well as his grandparents who raised him were American so what is your point. Learn before you start spreading your garbage. This election should be on the issues not on your ideas that have nothing to do with the truth.

    People please educate yourselves with the facts. If you can not do that then talk to educated people who are living proof that the economy is not doing well, people are struggling to make it and the regular all american people black, white, hispanic, asian, and every other nationality need to come together and respect each other for who and what we are. Americans! Vetrans Thank you for your service. Service men and woman come home safe and soon and may God bless us all. Go Obama.

    September 22, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Callie Willis- 23- Savannah, GA

    GEORGIA FOR OBAMA & BIDEN!!!!!! We have registered sooooo many new first time voters and I think that will make a difference. We have also been encouraging absentee and early voting!!


    September 22, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. Tim

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

    The constant unflagging CNN support for McCain is the first hint that democracy is being subverted.

    September 22, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. Shari, NY

    I am sure Sen. Obama knows what he is doing. Look at how much momentum this young man has gained and how savvy he has been in running his campaign. This is why PALIN/mc cain are trying their darndest to emulate him.

    September 22, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. Zeke

    As the corrupt and inept Obama political machine pulls out of ND with its tail between its legs, the American people are finally catching on. The lies and political favors are beginning to show their ugly side. Let the swiftboating begin.

    Great article on how the Democrats created the current financial crisis on

    September 22, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Does anyone actually approve of the Electoral College, our founding fathers' act of sabotage against direct democracy? Since the last FF was buried we've used amendments to fix slavery and womens' suffrage, surely more contentious issues than the Electoral College, so why are Americans still content with the same broken system that regularly gives the presidency to the loser of the popular vote?

    September 22, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. K2

    >obama was born in HAWAII-which last i

    Wow, not sure on the stream of comments that led to this, but there is some lightweight "evidence" that obama may have been born in kenya while his mother was visisting. His mother was a US citizen, so he would be too, except for a technicality (she was 18, the law actually stated something like "born to US citizens 19 years of age or older). Either way, I don't see that it matters. The fact that he attended a hardline muslim school for several years is much more concerning.

    September 22, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. ran

    Isn't ND the same state that try to band all abortions even if it was to save the life of the mother. So this is no surprise to me. Why wast time and money on a state that is more interested in trying to legislate morels then help their country folk.

    We need real change and the fear and racism of states like ND is not needed.

    September 22, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. No Hillary = No Obama

    What????????? Not able to turn this red state blue even with 500 million in contributions? Sorry, but it looks like North Dakota can't be bought. Good for them.

    September 22, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Cindy from NC

    ITS SO FUNNY, how people keep saying we are falling all over for OBAMA.
    HELLO.. he is the only one telling the truth.
    McCain and his death Squad, just lie, lie and more lies.
    Fact check always seems to state Obama tells the truth and McCain is either flat out lying or misleads us which in turn is a lie... so give mea break w/ this mess about Obama has us all fooled.

    This McCain and his henchman that has YOU FOOLED and this will be the tip of the iceberg if he is elected.

    September 22, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. DJ Los Angeles

    Makes sense...but not so sure about Georgia. Seemed that Georgia had a chance to vote Democrat this year?

    September 22, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. VIRGINIA will be blue

    They can have N.D. We'll get the vote that are necessary.

    September 22, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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