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. Bob

    Arizona.....(uncontrollable laughter) Yeah Obama wins Texas too

    CNN....(laughing to hard to type)...try and save what's left of your credibility....report the news

    October 31, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  2. Sue in MI

    "civil rights to terrorists"
    You mean, treating people humanely instead of torturing them? You mean, following the Geneva Conventions instead of risking the lives of our captured soldiers, which you used to believe in before you Bush got to you? You mean, closing Gitmo and sending the innocent home?
    I'm for that!

    "talk unconditionally to dictators"
    As opposed to what? Unconditionally bombing those whom we don't like? Unconditionally invading more countries? Starting World War Three?
    Thanks but no thanks for that rogue leadership.

    "unprepared to handle alone"

    That's why he has Colin Powell as an advisor, why Obama thinks and asks questions and decides things with good advice. Who would advise McCain? Oh, yeah, the gun-totin', act first, deny later, Sarah Palin. And Karl Rove. And the advisors who put this campaign into the sewer.
    Vote Democratic.

    October 31, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  3. Clare, FL

    If the Arizonians are smart, they will go for Obama. My state is Florida, I will not vote for my Governor when he is up for election.

    October 31, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  4. energy

    If he loses his home state, he won't be the first. Gore lost his home state 8 years ago.

    CNN is a very biased news organization. All their reports on McCain and Palin are so biased. I am a Democrat, wiil vote for Obama, but have moved to Fox news for balanced reporting. My students are also disgusted

    October 31, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  5. Christopher

    I actually hope that Arizona sends a very strong message to the Republican machine. That message of course will be that people wont tolleriate lies, deception, racism and outright BS. McCain has made the charge many times that OTHERS arent ready while he has clearly shown that his judgement in several area's is totally perplexing and proof that HE isnt ready to lead anything but a funeral procession.

    Arizona...Show e'm what true Americans are made of!

    October 31, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  6. William

    One week ago, I would have said that the Democrats were wasting money going after McCain in AZ. Now, a number of polls show McCain leading Obama by a mere two to four points. McCain is clearly losing support among Republicans in his home state, with only days to go before the election. This is yet another indication that McCain/Palin's Rovian tactics are backfiring on them. They should have been debating issues instead of attacking Obama and hate-baiting over the last month. Tehre is every indication that Obama is headed for a landslide victory. It seems most Americans prefer intellect (aka "elitism" in GOP parlance) over distraction this time round.

    October 31, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  7. Don B

    Just appalling. John McCain, in his desperation to win, is resorting to the worst kind of fear tactics to win our votes.

    I think we've gotten wise to the fear-mongering by now. We've had it force-fed to us by Bush for the last 8 years.

    It's almost over, old man. Enjoy your retirement.

    October 31, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  8. tg

    And this is one of the main reasons why McCain has lost because he chose to run a dirty & negative campaign. If you can't beat Obama on the issues than let it go....You McPalin is loosing your integrity minute by minute, scaring up votes and fearmongering. It's sad that your own party to starting to break indepdent and vote for Obama. You lost, You lost, You lost fare and square now deal with it.

    Obama/Biden 2008/2012

    October 31, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  9. AJ

    More disgusting scare tactics from the Republicans, I guess they haven’t learned. I detest Obama as much as I detest McCain. Neither one of them shies from getting in the gutter.

    October 31, 2008 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  10. DB25

    I think McCain will end up taking his home state – but if he doesn't it will be a shock and shows that the McCain/Palin ticket and all of their constant attacks, no talk about what they are going to do for us Americans, and "Joe the plumber" rediculousness turned off AZ voters as well as all the other voters in the US.

    October 31, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  11. BM

    McCain/Palin are two of the worse candidates . They have done nothing but spew hatred and divisiness. If this is the way they have run their xampaign, what does that say the way they would run the country. All they have done is attack and given nothing of substance. They have both been brought up on ethics violations, Now they have a lying, supposedly plumber,owing back taxes, oaradind around with them. This is the America we live in and love?

    October 31, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  12. Guy

    He's falling behind? Maybe he needs to bring Joe the Plumber around with him when he goes to Arizona. What a crock...

    He's finished as president but he will most likely win in Arizona.

    October 31, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  13. Foreign observer

    Why not Arizona ? America has to improve and to change in many issues and at many locations. Arizona shouldn´t be the last state to understand !

    October 31, 2008 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  14. Vincent in Charlotte

    Most Arizonians (??) that I've spoked to absolutely love McCain but think he sold his soul to the GOP neocons when he selected Palin.

    I think this echoes across the board with most Independents. I was in love with the McCain of 4-5 years ago but I hardly recognize him now that he's derailed the "Straight Talk Express".

    Would this mean his Senate seat is vulnerable if he loses the Presidency?

    October 31, 2008 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  15. BM

    Palin has a witch praying preacher who believes in exorcism and a husband who belongs to a secessionist organization and she has the audactiy to point fingers when she has been found to have abused her power. Give me a break?

    October 31, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  16. janet, ohio

    What's up, CNN? No story on the YouTube video of an Iraq War veteran that millions of people are watching? It's called "Dear Mr. Obama" , and I encourage your readers to go to foxnews.com for the link. After all, I don't expect you at CNN to cover it. This clip is about two minutes long and makes me cry every time. Have a look, folks.

    October 31, 2008 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  17. Is that an iceberg I see?

    It would, indeed, be sweet to see McCain lose his own state. Icing on the cake, if you like, or humble pie perhaps? I wonder if he'll strill be talking so brazenly after this election. Looks like an iceberg ahead and the band is still playing to me.

    October 31, 2008 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  18. JD

    Polls aren't tightening. Thanks.

    October 31, 2008 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  19. GA Independent

    Won't it be nice to get up in the morning, look at the news and NOT seen annoying stuff about McCain and Palin? Less than a week – go VOTE Obama!

    October 31, 2008 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  20. sonya reeder

    McCain needs to STOP the nasty lies and just tell the American people what his plans are and how much different they are from George W. Bush

    October 31, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  21. Rashawn

    Obama should campaign there on Monday just to rub it in. I dont understand how one CNN poll has Obama down by 7 in Arizona. On CNN last night, they showed Obama down by two just like in every other poll of Arizona. If I were Obama, I'd campaign there to rub it in McCain's face!

    October 31, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  22. Joe M

    Only if we get lucky!

    October 31, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  23. JFK

    McCain may have "experience" but that does not prove much after George W Bush! Leadership skills are what Obama has and as an Arizona resident, I am throwing my vote to Obama. The choice is clear that McCain can only attack and distract. The McCain campaign is clearly focused on fear tactics and never talk about the real issues. McCain seems to have most white males cringing in fear if Obama is elected. Thats just ridiculous and frankly sad!

    October 31, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  24. rich

    Come on Arizona. Be the state to put the cherry on the cake. Vote Obama!

    October 31, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  25. roland

    American voters are real stupid,if they vote Mccain ,then they are hard core moron.

    Democrats have the humane to lead America out of this mess.

    Arizona wake up---–America wake up from your slumber.

    October 31, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
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