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. Reese

    Would one of you Obama supporters that write in these comments PLEASE actually READ the planned proposals regarding health, economy (oh that's right, Obama doesn't have one yet)and foreign policy between each candidate BEFORE you continue to POST like blathering, drooling, meatheads!

    You can access these plans on each candidates sites.

    Unless your too afraid to actually make and educated decision before you put your X for Obama????


    Obamas GPA at Columbia University 2.0 ---–LOL
    How exactly did he get into Harvard with a 2.0? B-L-A-C-K.

    September 22, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Mike - Texas

    See on what issues that Obama agrees with the majority of Americans.

    Go to GOOGLE barackobamatest and take the test.

    What can it hurt? At the very least you will find out where the majority of Americans stand on the issues and when the majority of Americans agree with Obama.

    September 22, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. TerryDoRight

    hillary supporter now 4 obama/biden September 22nd, 2008 2:37 pm ET

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

    How do you know he was born in Hawaii, have your seen his birth certificate.? Certainly not to many people have seen the real birth certificate.

    September 22, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Shari, NY

    Ignorance and hatred be still! If Hawaii is not a part of the U.S. then I guess the Panama Canal Zone was never under the U.S. By the way, you must be very happy with the fact that this current administration is eyeing your taxes to offset financial bailout. Is that capitalilsm?

    September 22, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. M.Serafin

    So obama's dream of winning by a landslide are fading day by day. Fading ?? what world are you living on, we are growing day by day, McCain have to talk about issues, it makes him look old and out of touch with the american people..

    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. But did she really ?? Maybe it was women for women rights, anti war activists and Polar bear friends...

    September 22, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Tim

    I'm sorry, but, as my father used to say, "Palin doesn't have the brains that God gave geese."

    Palin and McCain are poor substitutes for the worse administration this country has ever had – Bush / Cheney.

    McCain & Palin will bankupt the country by continuing the Bush / Cheney policies that have the US losing resources every second of every day.

    September 22, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Sheryl

    Can anyone tell me what Barack Obama has actually accomplished in the last few years? What qualifies him to be President other then his ability to promise everything to everybody.

    September 22, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. OBiden08

    Ok, Only an idiot will vote another 3rd term Bush/Cheney in office! cant you read between the line? McCain is confuse, he says the economic is fundamentally strong today, and now he's saying if i was president, i will fire the guy on wall street. well, the guy he's gonna fire is one of those people who make the economy the way it is today that he McCain calls "fundamentally Strong!" Tell me, who should you vote for if you are genuinely a rational person? Dont tell me you are just another idiot or Racist mongul! face the facts, please VOte Obama/Biden and help save this economy for real!

    September 22, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. American View

    I guess all of these states are full of racists too.

    I love how if some one disagrees with you, they are stupid. That is a playground agument.

    How about the issues?

    September 22, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. stella, ND

    Obama, worry about those poll nos. Here in ND, you stand a huge chance. We will keep on campaigning though.

    September 22, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. Ed

    Ah well... there goes Obama's 57-state strategy...

    September 22, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. kelly

    North Dakota Obama Supporters: Don't feel discouraged! I live in Texas so I know how frustrating it can be. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results! But hold your ground and keep on supporting Obama!

    September 22, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. Eric-29-m-PA

    Oh, but wasn't this a state he won in the primaries? Oh what happened? That's right, Obama won all the red states that will never turn blue.

    September 22, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Bye Bye red states

    Well...i can't believe that there is still someone pushing the ridiculous idea that Obama is foreign born. What cave do you live in? Obama is the greatest opportunity this country has encountered in years. All those that cling the their old republican rhetoric are simply doing so out of fear of something new. Change is what we need and Obama has the ability, leadership and judgment to bring this country back to the American people. I challenge anyone who is still supporting McCain to actually do some real research of their own and get some true facts for once.

    September 22, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Andy - Atlanta, GA

    Pulling out & redeploying paid staffers is a good strategic move. Obama is smart, & will fight in the right states, just like he will redeploy troops to fight in the right war. This is the kind of strategic leader we need for this country.

    However, pulling out paid staff, should not discourage volunteers in these states. Please don't lose hope, & keep fighting.

    I believe Atlanta is ~80% Obama, but rural Georgia is overwhelmingly McCain. I would keep some staff here in GA.

    September 22, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. Florida Voter

    Barack is going into damage control. You can tell by these moves and his everything but the kitchen sink attacks on the McCain-Palin ticket.

    The Golden Boy is losing his luster...

    September 22, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. Randy

    Good grief people you're still spitting out this stupid stuff about Obama, and people have lost their life savings in the last week. Here is your free market de-regulated financial system at work. In the same year that we've had record oil company profits, but the oil companies don't have to pay any more in taxes? Exactly where is the fairness in that? That is your money that they've profited with, but if they had lost money they would turn to the Federal Government to bail them out with our tax money. These are crucial economic times, but you folks keep your heads in the sand. You are voting for a man (McCain) who has admitted that he is not strong on the economy, these words came from his own mouth.
    Factcheck that...

    September 22, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. ber6964

    Sen Obama has run one of the most successful campaigns in History. That to me qualifies as executive experience and I trust that he knows exactly what he's doing.. Repugnants don't have much to brag about this election cycle.. They go on and on about experience... blah blah...Can you not see what an idiotic puppet you have running??

    September 22, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. nancy morphis

    I am old enough to know better, but I still can't wrap my brain around how many really stupid people there are in this country.... It is absolutely amazing! And all of you out there who say you "haven't made up your mind" – why don't you just say "I won't vote for a black man"? It won't matter in the least. Obama is going to win!

    September 22, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. ch

    What happened to the "50 State Strategy"?

    Obama and his supporters were telling everyone for months that they could be competitive in states that democrats never win (i.e. SD).

    This despite Obama losing BIG to Hillary in state after state where democrats usually win (PA, FL, MI, CA, NJ, NY, MA).

    So he has been forced to give up resources in the states he had no chance of ever winning because its sooo tight in states that democrats absolutely need to win (hello PA, FL, MI, OH, and WI).

    Great job that the super delegates did in selecting Obama as our candidate – I guess we democrats are so used to losing presidential elections they figured that losing one more won't hurt too much.

    Yes, we can – lose elections!

    September 22, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. Sherry

    Is McSame a "natural born citizen?" Check your facts!

    September 22, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. markymark22

    So much for the democrats pledge to campaign in "all 50 states". Desperation in the Obama campaign is setting in... Talk is cheap

    September 22, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. TONY

    I think its funny to read this when I am still here in a southeast state working for a very robust campaign... don't believe everything you read

    September 22, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. Susan

    Hey North Dakota,

    I hope you can look at yourselves in the mirror after your kids get drafted into meaningless conflicts because you voted McCain/Palin.

    September 22, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Helene

    Leave these poor red necks in the mud where they belong. If they chose to vote Republican.

    September 22, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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