Obama Campaign: Alaska Is A "Battleground State"
by Todd Beeton, Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 04:20:08 PM EDT
Hey, Quinnipiac, you want a battleground state? Try Alaska.
Not only does a recent Rasmussen Reports poll show McCain up by just 4 points (within the margin of error) but the Obama campaign has set its sights on the state, having already put its ad up on the air there and now signaling that Obama may even visit Alaksa later this summer, the first time a presidential candidate has campaigned there since Kennedy in 1960.
"That is the plan -- we are pretty sure he's going to come at the end of the summer," said Kat Pustay, who was named Wednesday as Obama's Alaska director.
Obama is opening a campaign office in Anchorage with paid staff, although Pustay said she didn't know yet just how big the operation will be here.
"The campaign in Chicago is saying this is a battleground state so we're going to get resources," she said.
Looks like Alaska is part of the campaign's strategy to mount the general election equivalent of its caucus state strategy during the primary.
Obama's national campaign manager, David Plouffe...said Obama is looking for multiple paths to victory and that could include mounting intensive precinct efforts in small-population states where McCain has fewer resources to compete, such as Alaska, according to McClatchy Newspapers.
And what are McCain's plans for Alaska? Not much.
She said McCain doesn't expect to open a campaign office in Alaska but there could be a "victory office" in cooperation with the Republican National Committee. She said she would not rule out the possibility of McCain having paid staff here.
Benton said Alaska is "not in our top tier of target states" but it's a place where McCain's message will resonate.
"Victory" office, eh? Not so fast, Senator.
And speaking of Alaska, if you haven't given to Mark Begich's campaign for Senate over at our Road To 60 Act Blue page, please do.