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McCain giving up on Michigan campaign

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posted on Oct, 3 2008 @ 12:13 PM
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McCain giving up on Michigan campaign


www.freep.com

Michigan, it seems, is a battleground no more in the presidential race.
Republican nominee John McCain’s campaign pulled the plug on its Michigan operation today with little to no forewarning to state GOP officials — and on a day when Democrat Barack Obama was already stumping in the state. It wasn’t clear what would be left of the McCain operation in the state, if anything, but it appeared that TV advertising and literature drops by the campaign would end and most of the paid staff would depart.
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posted on Oct, 3 2008 @ 12:13 PM
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This is a very interesting development, considering the great weight given to Michigan's Electoral Votes in what was shaping up to be a hotly-contested election. This battleground state was considered to be a prime opportunity for McCain to grab traditionally-Democratic voters [á la the "Reagan Democrats"]. His downfall with blue-collar voters seems, in part, to lie with perceived Republican responsibility for the national financial crisis, which is hitting Michigan especially hard.

The Detroit Free Press' article goes on to mention

The decision came out of the blue, given the significance both campaigns had placed on Michigan. Since Obama became the nominee, he has been making regular visits to the state to make up for not campaigning in Michigan during the primary season, when he and others boycotted the state after it scheduled an earlier-than-allowed primary election. McCain, meanwhile, was expected to play well among the state’s key bloc of independents.

Michigan has backed the Democratic nominee in the last four presidential elections, but John Kerry beat Bush by only about 3% four years ago.

“Everybody’s just dumbfounded” by the decision, said a Republican Party source in Michigan.


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