Thursday, October 2, 2008

McCain in Retreat

It looks like McCain has seen the writing on the wall in Michigan, a state heavily dependent on the economy and the health of the Auto Industry.
John McCain is pulling out of Michigan, according to two Republicans, a stunning move a month away from Election Day that indicates the difficulty Republicans are having in finding blue states to put in play.

McCain will go off TV in Michigan, stop dropping mail there and send most of his staff to more competitive states, including Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida. Wisconsin went for Kerry in 2004, Ohio and Florida for Bush.

A McCain aide confirmed the move and chalked it up to the state's Democratic tilt and the resources Obama had put in place there.

"It was always a long shot for us to win," said the aide.

McCain will now turn his attention to bolstering his defenses in Ohio and Florida while putting more resources into Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and the second congressional district of Maine, where there is a sole electoral vote available.

The latest polls are causing a MAJOR problem for McCain, and the news is that the Campaign is full freakout mode. What's even more interesting is that McCain is having to defend traditional Red States like Virginia and Missouri! McCain may put more focus on Pennsylvania, however the Democratic registration numbers and Obama's grass roots effort makes that very unlikely. If Obama wins Florida, there is NO way for McCain to win without Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia.

However, given the performance in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida, it will be virtually impossible for McCain to win. I think Ohio is still somewhat of a toss-up. It will depend on how "racist" voters are in Ohio.

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