Obama to Spend Last Weeks in Red States
Sen. Barack Obama will concentrate on states that voted for George W. Bush in 2004. His schedule:
He and his aides appear so confident of his prospects that apart from a brief stop in Madison, Wis., next Thursday, Obama currently has no plans during the next 10 days to return to Pennsylvania, Minnesota, New Hampshire or any other state that voted for John Kerry in 2004.
Instead, he intends to spend two days this week in Florida, where early voting begins on Monday, and travel to Virginia, Iowa, Ohio, Colorado, New Mexico and possibly Nevada and Indiana. Those states hold 97 electoral votes combined, and Bush all in 2004.
Obama strategist David Axlerod says:
"I don't want to say he won't go to a Blue State, but we're certainly concentrating on expanding the map."
VP candidate Joe Biden will also hit Republican areas in Colorado this week. Unlike Sarah Palin, who will only be visiting Republican safe zones like Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Loveland, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Biden will visit Colorado Springs and Greeley in addition to Democratic safe zones like Pueblo. He'll also be in Commerce City in Adams County.
Sarah Palin arrived in Colorado Springs tonight, after a day in Roswell, New Mexico during which she introduced "Ed the Dairyman."
Early voting begins here in Colorado tomorrow. Big turnout is expected. In addition, 40% of our 3.1 million voters have requested mail-in ballots.
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