Howard Dean to Campaign in North Dakota Saturday
by Jonathan Singer, Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 08:28:26 PM EDT
News was a month ago that the Obama campaign would be pulling out of North Dakota, yet the polling in the time since has actually shown Obama leading in the state, which George W. Bush won by more than 20 points in 2004 and in which no Democrat in the last 30 years has received more than 43 percent of the vote. But with the map still actually expanding, the Democrats are not giving up on the state.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is scheduled in Grand Forks Nov. 1 for a get-out-the-vote rally.
State Democratic Executive Director Jamie Selzler says officials are still working on the site and other details. Dean's visit comes three days before the general election.
The three North Dakota polls in the field this month each show Obama either leading or tied with John McCain, though not yet crossing the 45 percent threshold. Specifically, Research 2000 poll for Daily Kos (10/14-15) showed a 45 percent to 45 percent draw, a poll commissioned by the United Transportation Union (10/13-14) found Obama leading 44 percent to 41 percent, and a Minnesota State University Moorhead poll (10/6-8) pegged the race at Obama 45 percent, McCain 43 percent. In short, even with the Obama campaign ramping down its efforts in the state, Obama still has a decent shot at earning its 3 electoral votes. And with Howard Dean rallying the troops three days out from election day, perhaps Obama might be able to sneak away with a narrow victory in the state.