October 31st, 2008
06:13 AM ET
14 years ago

As polls tighten, the campaign arrives in McCain's home state

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/30/art.mccain30.gi.jpg caption="McCain’s campaign is spending to reach voters in his home state of Arizona."](CNN) - Democrats are making a late play for Arizona as new polls show home-state Senator John McCain with a shrinking single-digit edge over Barack Obama.

A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released this week suggested McCain holds a 53 percent to 46 percent advantage. Other new surveys have indicated an even tighter race.

Earlier this week, the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee paid for negative robo-calls in the state, telling voters Obama’s election “invites a major international crisis he will be unprepared to handle alone.

“If Democrats win full control of government, they will want to give civil rights to terrorists and talk unconditionally to dictators and state sponsors of terror. Barack Obama and his Democratic allies lack the experience and judgment to lead America,” said the calls.

MoveOn.org said Thursday it was launching its ‘Obamacan’ ad statewide on broadcast and cable in response. The ad features a life-long Republican who supports Obama.

The Obama campaign sent its supporters in the state a message from national field director Jon Carson calling for volunteers, and pointing to reports McCain was "struggling in his own backyard."

“Supporters like you have put us within striking distance. Now it's time to pull off what no one expected,” said Carson.

The fresh effort forces the Arizona senator to direct late-campaign spending to his home state. Democratic officials - who say the state would likely have gone blue if McCain were not on the ballot - concede it's unlikely Obama will beat the Arizona senator there. But they say the move signals their confidence is more than symbolic - Democrats can afford to keep Arizona volunteers in their home state in the race's final days this cycle instead of directing them to neighboring New Mexico and Nevada, perennial battlegrounds.

Filed under: Arizona • Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. Spencer/Virginia

    If you are barely holding on to a lead in your home state, that should tell you something John. They don't want you as president. They may nt even want you as their senator after this disgraceful campaign you've run. You ave no one to blame except yourself.


    October 31, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  2. ARSV

    What the does national poll really means? If McCain gains in New York and California for example, it will show a tightening of the race, but in reality, it means absolutely nothing. At this point, the key is to look at what the polls are saying in each the State.

    It seems like the news media love to play with the polls. One minute Obama is leading, and the next minute the race is getting tighter. Anyway, I guess it's more exciting and better ratings if the race is perceived to be close.

    What I find strange is this: The McCain rally in Dever drew a few thousand people. The Obama rally drew over 100,000 people. This show a big enthusiasm gap. I find it strange that this gap will suddenly change on November 4th.

    October 31, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  3. nicolevoter

    This will be funnier than No Show Joe! To loose your own state!!! It's bad enough the top newpaper in Alaska is endorsing Obama and now this! This will be the most humiliating defeat in our nation's history, a close second to McCain folding like a lawn chair while he was in captivity.

    October 31, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  4. reggie

    McCain will win AZ and win it handily. This talk is merely the media trying to stir things up for their candidate, Obama.

    October 31, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  5. Lorna, NY

    What polls are you talking about? The Fox News polls?

    October 31, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  6. Gerome McDonald

    I beleive we have forgotten that the President does not make decisions on his own,there are advisors in place. and since this is a true statement what does that say about the Mccain camp, when they are debating with each other.

    October 31, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  7. Lee T

    McCain and Palin just spent too much time and wasted too much effort attacking Obama and never clearly showed that they have a plan to turn our economy around. We were duped into 4 years of devastating hardship with swift boat ads but I dont think that the people of this country will be that gullible again. We put Bush back into office and this is where we are and by his own admission Mccain has voted with what he now calls failed policies. Throughout this campaign there have been numerous substantiated connections between McCain and Palin with some very shady characters and to his campaign's credit, Obama did not focus on this because it would have escalated into a mudslinging event that would have turned away intelligent voters. We need answers to economic questions and solutions to economic problems, not who is paling around with who or who attended what. How do I keep my house with no job?

    October 31, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  8. AM in VA

    Dems have McCain playing defense on his own turf...get the vote out!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 31, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  9. Joe N.Y.

    When are people going to realize that McCain WILL run this country exactly the came way he is running his campaign.

    October 31, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  10. sue

    Its about time! McCain's failure can be summarized in two words SARAH PALIN. I just wish the old man nice time and peace in retirement. Obama presidency would take care of him.

    October 31, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7