Obama Campaign Moving into Arizona

We don't yet know the extent of the move, but it is coming. First, here's Marc Ambinder passing on the call to action from an email from the Obama campaign noting the tightening polls in Arizona:

Arizona is [John McCain's] home state. He should have a comfortable lead with voters who've known him for nearly three decades. That says all you need to know about the strength of Barack's message and the grassroots movement we've built.

With Election Day just 5 days away, this surge of support for Barack couldn't come at a better time. But we have to act immediately to take advantage.

Sign up right now to join our grassroots effort. Help turn out voters any time between now and Election Day, November 4th.

That's not all. Here's Newsweek's Richard Wolffe:

The campaign is now seriously examining a late surge into the state. That may include ramping up TV advertising, on-the-ground staff or even deploying the candidate to stop there. Obama is scheduled to make a Western swing late this week, making an Arizona visit possible.

This is now the fifth straight day bringing news of a tightening race in John McCain's home state of Arizona, and the announcement that the Obama campaign would indeed focus on Arizona -- albeit only for the last week of the election -- comes on the same day as two more nonpartisan polls reported a single-digit spread between McCain and Barack Obama in the state. Throwing into the mix Mason-Dixon polling showing McCain up 48 percent to 44 percent in the state and CNN/Time polling (.pdf) pegging McCain's lead at 53 percent to 46 percent, the Real Clear Politics average out of Arizona shows McCain under 50 percent and leading by just 5.2 percentage points -- not a great position for a politician who has spent a career representing the state.

Whether or not the Obama campaign does choose to go on-air during this last stretch of the election, we do know that at least one progressive group -- MoveOn -- has bought ad time in the state. Here's their spot:

I'd still like to see the Obama campaign go ahead and go up on the air in the state as well, even with a modest ad buy. But with the campaign asking for volunteers for the state, indicating that it is at least somewhat serious about putting the state on the map, and now MoveOn sending the message out on television, there is a shot -- a shot -- that we could see a surprise in the Grand Canyon state come Tuesday.

Tags: Arizona, AZ-Pres, Barack Obama, John McCain, White House 2008 (all tags)



One word of caution

Is that Obama should not divert resources away from CO+VA+NM+PA+IA (because he must win all of them). And at least two of OH+FL+IN (to give a safety net). Afterwards the campaign can reallocate as they please.

by ann0nymous 2008-10-30 02:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Campaign Moving into Arizona

Go for it!  And go for Montana, Georgia, North Dakota, and South Dakota, too.  Let's make it to where the only safe haven for the Republican Party is Utah, and even that won't be safe for too long due to the influx of Hispanics.

by TheUnknown285 2008-10-30 02:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Campaign Moving into Arizona

I agree, they deserve to be hammered down to dust. What a lying, criminal, low-life, bunch of scumbags (anyone out there can add more adjectives to describe these people). And on top of that will someone run in California 8 next time -- its time to dump MS. Pelosi "Republican Lite" -- I cannot believe she makes nice to these people--I know lots of Republicans and they all hate her guts even though I remind them that she must be Republican in Democrat clothing for all the dismissals she did after we beat the crap out of them in 2006. Let's finish the job NOW.

by hddun2008 2008-10-30 04:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Campaign Moving into Arizona

Great idea.  Dean had it right: we have to be everywhere.

by jack1z 2008-10-30 03:00PM | 0 recs
that would be sweet.

But i would rather he put money in Arizona only if he was certain about Virginia + Colorado and either Ohio or Florida.

by sepulvedaj3 2008-10-30 03:03PM | 0 recs
Re: that would be sweet.

We're leading in all three.  And this is Obama, not Kerry.  He has the money to throw down in Arizona, too.

by TheUnknown285 2008-10-30 03:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Campaign Moving into Arizona

I live in Arizona and have had TWO robo-calls from the RNC/Mccain in two days. They were both nasty, full of inuendo and mis-statement. Had I been undecided, these calls would have driven me right off the fence into Obama territory. We need unity and hope not division and fear.

by SuznAZ 2008-10-30 03:14PM | 0 recs
money, money, money, money...

I just got another plea from the Obama campaign to please send cash, no safety net going into the last few days.  In fact, I read that the McCain campaign is now matching us in advertising so maybe there is something to this.  Being a hopelessly soft touch this year I am going to scrape the bottom of the barrel for a very tiny (25 buck) donation.  I just had the hours I am able to work reduced by half and I am broke, so if anyone here can throw in some bucks please be my guest.

by mady 2008-10-30 03:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Campaign Moving into Arizona

In 1984, Reagan spent the last Sunday of the campaign at least partially in Minnesota. This would be ironic.

by spirowasright 2008-10-30 03:52PM | 0 recs


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