Thursday, October 2, 2008

McCain Abandons Michigan

McCain is abandoning Michigan. Politico's Jonathan Martin reports that

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.

Considering that, on his last Michigan visit, to a GM auto plant, McCain was greeted by workers wearing Obama buttons, stickers, and shirts, this isn't too surprising. Michigan is full of displaced workers from the automobile industry, people who would benefit from an Obama Administration. But for a state that had been considered a battleground state for months, this is a shocking denouement...and good news for Obama.

But wait, there's more!--the McCain campaign now places Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Minnesota in the "must win" category. Obama's superior funding is beginning to take a toll on McCain; at this rate, I expect to see him do something even more desperate than the Palin nomination, before November 4th.

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