October 27th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Some Republicans hopeful, others prepare for 'landslide'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/27/art.land.gi.jpg caption="Some Republicans or hopeful, others prepare for the worst."](CNN) - Eight days out and some Republicans see small glimmers of progress, if not hope. But most are fairly bleak about the GOP’s chances.

“Feels like the makings of a landslide,” said one veteran GOP operative who has held top jobs in presidential campaigns and been closely involved in past congressional cycles.

Another longtime strategist who is involved in a number of congressional and state races this year said many Republicans who had run good campaigns were asking a daunting question heading into the final week: “Will all these newly registered voters go to vote for Obama and then walk out without voting for a lot of candidates they have never heard of, or will they go all the way down the ballot to create coattails?”

Somewhat more optimistic was a GOP strategist closely involved with the McCain campaign.

“Things improved” over the weekend, was this strategist’s take. “No mystery. Lots of red states closer than last week.”

This operative said rural voters and white downscale men had moved a bit toward the Republican ticket in recent days, making the battleground states somewhat more competitive.

A second senior McCain campaign adviser said Senator McCain had taped new advertisements to be used in the final week. One, due out as early as Monday, is McCain speaking to the camera about what he considers the best components of his approach to the economy, and his take on the downsides of the Obama plan.

Later in the week, this senior adviser said, the McCain campaign plans to launch what he called a strong “commander-in-chief for the close” ad.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. tee

    It should be a landslide. The rethugs think the american people are so stupid. They can't see through the lies, fear tactics and how Sarah Palin is not smater then a 5th grader.

    October 27, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. louise

    i live in denver, saw obama yesterday, over 100,000 people mccain was here on friday and only drew 4,000 people, tell me this won't be a landside!!!

    October 27, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. gpm

    I am sure the Republicans will try and "fix" the election in at least three states: Ohio, N.C. and Indiana.

    October 27, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Get ready. We have blue paint handy. VA=Blue.

    October 27, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Independent Vote

    Can anyone who supports McCain tell me why I should vote for him without saying a word about Obama or any other democrat?

    October 27, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Lee

    I vote Obama/Biden '08 VA

    October 27, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. KurtS

    Wow...not a single comment in defense of the GOP? LOL...they really deserve all the scorn American can muster for their greedy agenda cloaked in "patriotism". Some once die-hard Republicans I know are voting for Obama. Something needs to change before America is ruined. Obama is a good start.

    October 27, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. gl, Pittsburgh

    This operative said rural voters and white downscale men had moved a bit toward the Republican ticket in recent days, making the battleground states somewhat more competitive.

    The whole problem with the Repbulican ticket they never reached to any one other then their base. They need more then their base to win and they still having figured that one out yet. Sara Palin pick was for the base and that was all. Also, McCain was too too negative and didn't tell the people what he would do instead of what Obama won't do, that was one of McCain worst move keeping the negative forcues on Obama instead of on McCain.

    October 27, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  9. 8 days and counting

    I think it will be a landslide in the top ticket and down ballot.

    The McCain campaign has been a series of blunders and smears. The performance is the exact opposite of what the country needs right now. The McCain of 2000 probably would have gotten my vote but he sold his soul to the neo-cons.

    In my local representative race, I recently got a piece of mail about pork implying the challenger was responsible for about seven different items. In the fine print, it turned out the pork was a list of items attached to the recent bail out bill. Implying a challenger who is not even in Congress can be responsible for pork on that bill is ridiculous. I am sick of the gross distortions of the truth from the GOP so my current representative has lost my vote.

    On a lighter note, this whole 'across the aisle' thing doesn't work. The people in the House and Senate should be forced to sit Democrat, Republican, Democrat, Republican just like we used to sit boy, girl, boy, girl in kindergarten. Maybe if they're forced to sit that way, the concept of "We" rather than "Us vs Them" will sink in. It sounds silly but ....

    Obama/Biden 20008

    October 27, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. I'm John McCain

    Hold on a minute......just a few thousand more negative ads and I may actually have a chance to make this close!

    October 27, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. democracynow2008

    Has anyone heard about the increased UFO sightings that have been happening since Oct.14th through the 24th,2008.
    CNN did a report a few days ago.
    I believe this will be the last President before 2012 the year the Mayan Spiritual Elders talk of a New Earth .

    October 27, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Amy

    The question for voters this election cycle is: Do you vote your hopes of what our great nation has the potential to become or do you vote your fears?

    October 27, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. tim o

    NOBAMA!!!!

    Go McCain!!

    October 27, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Kelley

    I refuse to believe that this country will sacrifice another 4 years of the same bull and not vote for Obama.

    Obama/Biden '08!!!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. Darren

    They are getting what they deserve. It just goes to show what not yielding and supporting Bush did for them. Not to mention their high and mighty above the law attitudes.

    October 27, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. California Voter

    whoever wins has a mighty big problem to deal with . . .let's hope whoever does is up to the challenge . . .

    October 27, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. wonderwoman

    I'm with you Alabama...only I think Georgia is going Obama.

    Just say no to Senator McNasty and Governor Pain.

    October 27, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Enough

    I just spent 5 1/2 half hours in line to advance vote in metro Atlanta. If this is any indication of a landslide McCain can stick a fork in it....he's DONE. My prediction is Georgia will be a major upset and a major blow to McCain's campaign. I have never, EVER in my many years seen anything like this....lines that are 5-6 hrs long.

    October 27, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. I trust Gallup

    Leave the polls alone...and GET TO ONE AND VOTE!! I trust what the Gallup organization says...this is what they do for a living (not for ratings). Obama is up by 10% – just imagine if he were white. This is still a biased country over 16o years after the Civil War and 40 years after the Civil Rights movement. WAKE UP! Can you really picture this country with Sarah Palin as our President? It could happen...DON'T LET IT!

    Republican who voted early for "THAT ONE" last week (and double checked to make sure no Repub shenangians were going on)...

    October 27, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. nelson

    GOP has "no clue" about the average American as I see it.
    If you want true change then get ou t and VOTE.. if you want the same old crap for another 4 yrs stay at home and eat your fat cookies
    that the GOP is trying to feed U.S. Johnny "wetstart" and mooseberger
    Barbie pls go home somewhere and stop your goofy slime machine
    tactics.. wafj

    October 27, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Rick CT

    $5 trillion in deficits over the next 4 years will not fix the problem. That will happen after a landslide with no one to stop the Pelosi/Reid co-Presidency.

    October 27, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. Michelle, PA

    There are some good individual Republicans who will be swept out with Obama's coattails, which is a shame. Overall though, I can't feel sorry for a party with such a lousy track record in governance and which encourages and bankrolls extremist lunatics like Sarah Palin, and Michele Bachmann to grab and hold power at just about any cost. Out with the old!

    October 27, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    GOP,

    Can you say landslide victory? YES WE CAN!

    October 27, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. Lary Harmon

    Question for Obama:
    Would, Mr. Obama ever lead this Nation in the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, with hand over heart?????????????????????????

    October 27, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Pam, Illinois

    The Obama camp has run a clean, issue oriented campaign. Obama is the right guy at the right time. The last two elections are painful memories, but come November 4 our nation will truly celebrate a historical night with an Obama landslide. The dirty politics and the smear and fear tactics of the GOP/RNC won't work this time.

    October 27, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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