[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/31/rickdavis.jpg caption="Rick Davis says McCain is closing gaps in the polls."]
(CNN) - As late polls continue to shows Barack Obama with an edge over John McCain in key battleground states, the Arizona senator’s campaign manager told reporters Friday the Republican nominee had momentum heading into the race’s closing days.
"We fight back," campaign manager Rick Davis said on a conference call, echoing McCain’s recent stump speech. "And we are witnessing, I believe, probably one of the greatest comebacks since John McCain won the primaries."
The latest CNN national poll of polls shows that Senator Barack Obama is at 50 per cent to McCain's 43 per cent, with 7 percent undecided. But Davis said surveys are irrelevant in the race’s homstretch.
"Guess what? Polling isn't accumulative," he said. "It's whatever it is today, and we see a very, very tight race today, so it really doesn't matter where it was ten days ago."
Davis claims that the campaign is beating back the perception that Obama is better suited to handling the financial crisis.
"One thing that is clear is that we've established a momentum; we've increased our gains in virtually every one of the battleground states throughout the course of the week," Davis said. "We've had probably the best 10 days of polling since the convention. We think we've shaken off the effects of the financial collapse that suppressed our numbers prior to the last debate."
Some CNN analysts see a different story.
"Obama's lead in most of the battleground states appears to be holding steady at this point," said CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. "If McCain can't close the gap over the weekend in states like Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio, there is no way for him to reach 270 electoral votes on Election Night."
And the McCain campaign is pushing its ground and advertising efforts as hard as possible in those states, pouring additional resources into advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts in battleground states like New Hampshire and Ohio.
"We're banking on a very close race," said Davis. "I mean we think this is going to be a tight electoral college year. We think this is going to be a tight popular vote year. There's no indications otherwise today."
And he responded to Obama campaign manager David Plouffe’s morning announcement that the Democratic nominee was going on the air in McCain’s home state of Arizona, and back on the airwaves in traditional GOP strongholds like North Dakota and Georgia.
"We encourage them to please pick other states that we intend to win, to spend their campaign cash and spread it out as much as they can," said Davis.
Did Sarah Palin predict this? She took a look into the future and she saw the victory right? Just like she can see Russia from her house!!! Well, her vision is not that good.... so, pack it up and just go home
This prediction has a high probability of being correct. Obama and the media (90% of which is in the tank for him) are portraying that this thing isn't even close and we might as well just go ahead and crown him today. The problem is he is not ACTING like he's that far ahead. He is going to states and his campaign is spending money in states that he would not be bothering with if he were that far ahead. Who knows what can happen in the next four days, but it seems to me that a majority of Americans are seeing through the smoke screen put up by Obama. Of course, there are a few who have fallen 100% for the trick, like the woman who stated that she's not going to have to worry any more about putting gas in the tank and paying her mortgage. Quite sad actually.
I make a call to all young voters (in high schools and colleges around the country).
We NEED YOU, think of your future.
Let's bring back HOPE to America.
VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN 2008
Put the arrogance of these smug GOP fools back where it belongs: in the dirt.
Their party has ruined America and now its time we punish the hell out of them. VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN.
Dont think about voting if you care about the issues. GO OUT AND DO IT
Voted early – for the Smart One Obama.
Rick Davis is another republican who speaks one liar after another. A very untrustworthy person that Rick Davis is, right along with McCain, Palin, and everyone else who supports this negative and hateful party.
i think they're getting confident because they know they've already stolen the election.
What a buffon.
Talk to the hand....
I find it unlikely that McCain will make a dramatic comeback. . .but we can't take anything for granted. So. . .if you want change and a dynamic, intelligent leader who will bring it. . .get out and vote for Obama.
This is delusional, Galup daily tracking poll has it 52 to 41 with Obama/Biden leading McCain – Palin by 11 points nationally. The gap is widenning ad rightly so in favor of the Obama/Biden ticket.
To avoid a sweep McCain and his staff need to go back to Arizona and stand guard there instead of taking them for granted or ingnoring them.
Landslide Obama/Biden 08/12.
Support John and send the Obama myth back where it came from!!!
In your dreams.
I guess u would suggest that the obama campaign pick other state to go into while the Mc Cain Party is broker than a joke
go Obama & Company
Why should the final weekend be any different than the rest of the campaign?
Wow, this is just sad.
It's time for a change and not more of the same. Voting for McCain would be voting for George Bush.
Ahhh, how cute of the Republicans.
Is this their new campaign strategy for the day.....delusions of grandeur.....you know it changes every day. Ha, ha, ha....keep dreaming buddy boy!
These people definitely know how to say the right things....that's why we've been there way for so long....OBAMA 08
You're right Rick, early voting locked in numbers dont count...err...oh wait.....
its closer than you all think. Do you ever wonder HOW it can be so close given the huge spending gap between BO and JM?
I smell an upset.
Just because you wish it, doesn't make it so.
"We fight back"? Aren't you the ones provoking all this nastiness?
America will again reject Socialism. McCain wins on Tuesday.