October 31st, 2008
06:13 AM ET
13 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. SusanB - 63 yrs old - white - independent moderate

    I sure hope Obama/Biden take Arizona.

    It would be beautiful karma for the vile, nasty, lying, hateful campaign that McCain/Palin have run.

    October 31, 2008 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  2. ralph

    Could the early voting be one of the causes of the polls tightening?

    October 31, 2008 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  3. Lars

    Please let this right wing paranoia and fear mongering come to an end! McCain and Palin are actually the terrorists here, for attempting to win an election by scaring people. America does not need fear at this time, we need hope. The only hope the GOP has put forth is the hope that these two retire from politics in shame and defeat!

    October 31, 2008 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  4. SENATUS POPOLUSQUE ROMANUS

    Dear McCLOWN,

    I wonder if you are able to grasp that when a Presidential Campaign must resort to have as guest speaker such phony caracters as JOE THE PLUMMER, it is time to recognize that YOU as the Candidate have reached the bottom of the barrel and no more ammunition to fight your battle.

    GAME, SET, GAME and MATCH: kindly go back to one of your 7 homes using any of your 13 cars and LEAVE US ALONE.

    October 31, 2008 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  5. Fed Up

    Enough is enough is what the people from Arizona are saying. This is by far the most negative campaign in political history.

    October 31, 2008 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  6. Dawn

    Now ain't that a McShame....LOL...Maybe Arizonia is thinking right.

    Go Obama?Biden08/12

    October 31, 2008 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  7. sue

    when is john mccain going to stop lying to the americans? americans deserve better. a mccain-palin presidency would depict the stupidity of americans and draw world laughter. don't you guys want a change in menu after having the same old crap for eight years?! but once again, i, a canadian, will not underestimate the stupidity of americans.

    October 31, 2008 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  8. Phoenix

    I want to ask my fellow Republicans, how do you support someone who cannot even garner support in his home state? How do you support someone who the party completely rejected in 2000, and still had disdain for him in 2004? Now, suddenly, John McCain is the way to go. If I were McCain, I would allow the Republican Party sink after years of betrayal and humiliation from people who did not agree with him. For whatever reason, the fringe voters are the ones he wants to impress. Therefore, I continue to support Obama no matter what.

    October 31, 2008 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  9. Jojo Jones

    Not a chance!

    October 31, 2008 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  10. steve

    It would be awsome if he lost his own state in the general election!!! hahaha

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 AND '12

    October 31, 2008 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  11. CJ

    YES HEP PROBABLY WILL LOSE ARIZONA, THERE ARE JUST AS MANY SHEEP THERE AS ANY WHERE ELSE

    October 31, 2008 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  12. Ready for the 5th

    It'll be a 269-269 tie. The house will vote Obama in. President of the Senate Cheney will veto the Senate's choice and install Palin. BO agrees but tells her no more winking. Miffed, she refuses, saying I refuse to pal around with socialists (even tho she kinda is one with the oil money) and she and her husband invite all true Americans to Alaska to start there own US. Meanwhile, Cheney votes himself VP and writes and signs a law making it illegal for BO or congress to challenge him on anything. The Dems cave, citing a willingness to work across the aisle.
    Gridlock for 4 years.

    October 31, 2008 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  13. Arizona Senior

    Well I did my share in early voting.

    October 31, 2008 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  14. Joyce in Florida

    I hope he does lose his own state. This man and his V.P. are so negative it is sickening. Regarding a major international crisis, there already is one or two, etc. And it started with the current Administration and there is no one else to blame except our current President. He put us in this situation and is a laughing stock throughout the world. Why in the world would we want another 4 years of these past 8? Does the McCain camp think we are stupid to let that happen again? I THINK NOT!!!!!! Time for McCain and caribou barbie to just go home and let the Democrats take back the White House and fix the Repugs mess again. GO OBAMA/BIDEN 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  15. Joel Parkes

    This makes for an interesting story but it's highly unlikely they will turn against McCain. I wouldn't support him, but I think he'll win here.

    October 31, 2008 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  16. Jeremiah

    On Nov. 4 the people will chose between:

    COMMUNISM and CAPITALISM.

    October 31, 2008 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  17. Dave in Indy

    Please run all the negative ads and robo calls in Arizona. It would be humiliating to McCain to loose his home state and I'll be sitting in my chair election night laughing my rump off.

    October 31, 2008 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  18. JIM...TX

    Pretty sad day for McCain when he has to spend time and money defending his own turf 🙂 Same fear crap as he's spewed everywhere else too....

    October 31, 2008 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  19. cyrusk

    HERE WE GO.

    LIKE THE COLUMNIST WROTE, PROBABLY MCCAIN WILL CARRY HIS HOME STATE BUT TO SHOW HIM IN A TIGHT RACE THERE WILL SEND A SIGNAL THAT WILL REVERBERATE ACCROSS THE COUNTRY; MEANING THAT PEOPLE OF ARIZONA SHOULD KNOW HIM BETTER THAN OTHERS. AL GORE WAS DEFEATED PROBABLY, BECAUSE HE HAD A POOR SHOWING IN HIS HOME STATE OF TENNESSEE..

    THERE ARE POSSIBLY MORE RED STATES THAT WILL FALL AND TURN BLUE, LIKE INDIANA, NORTH DAKOTA, MONTANA, GEORGIA.

    RIGHT NOW, WITH A STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF MORE THAN 99%, OBAMA HAS LOCKED 291 ELECTORAL VOTES. THIS IS NOT COUNTING OH, FL, MO, . SO EVEN IF MCCAIN WINS THOSE SO-CALLED BATTLEGROUND STATES, HE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WIN.

    IT IS GOING TO BE A FRUSTERATIN 4 DAYS OF CAMPAIGN FOR MCCAIN.

    October 31, 2008 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  20. nate

    when youre losing at home baby youre losing everywhere.

    October 31, 2008 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  21. JIM HAWK

    YOU ARE A COMPLETE LIAR WITH THE ROBO-CALLS MCCAIN !!!
    MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR LIES ....

    October 31, 2008 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  22. Mel B.

    It is not over until the fat lady sings. I don't hear any choirs. I am just wondering if this is going to end up being another George Bush election and wins by cheating and lying his way into the White House or is he and the poll workers for McCain going to play by the rules fair and square? I will be on the edge of my seat until 270 is reached. And by the way if he is so not race baised why is his state the only one in the nation that DOES NOT celebrate King Day????

    October 31, 2008 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  23. David

    Slowly, people are beginning to pay attention, and when they do they realize that John McCain isn't offering anything that could make their lives better. He wants a do-less government, which won't help advance medical research, improve education, fix our crumbling roads and bridges.

    An across-the-board freeze, as McCain has proposed, won't do anything to fix the messed up priorities of the Bush administration, it will just freeze them in place.

    October 31, 2008 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  24. Geek For Obama

    How ironic would it be if McCain's disgusting and vile tactics blew up in his face right in his own back yard? Way to go, chief.

    October 31, 2008 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  25. undecided: will I vote for Obama or against McCain?

    "struggling in his own backyard."? If you can't convince the people who have kept you in Washington for the past three decades that you deserve a promotion, your straight talk express in in bigger trouble than we thought. Pretty soon even Cindy McCain will be "leaning Obama".

    October 31, 2008 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
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