At Least Six Bush States Trending to Obama

The San Francisco Chronicle examines the changing electoral map. Highlights:

In the RealClearPolitics' average of polls today, Obama was ahead, at least slightly, in most swing states: Colorado (5.5 percentage points), New Mexico (7.3), Nevada (5.8), Virginia (3.8), Pennsylvania (7), Florida (4.2), Ohio (4.2) and North Carolina (0.3). McCain had edges in Arizona (3.5 points), Georgia (3), Montana (3.8), Missouri (0.7) and Indiana (0.5).

Early voting indicators are problematic for McCain:

In North Carolina, 2.6 million people have already voted, with Democrats outpacing Republicans 51 percent to 31 percent, according to state figures. In Colorado, where more than half of the vote may come in before election day, a recent Associated Press poll showed Obama leading 57 percent to 34 percent among early voters.


Obama is re-writing the map in the Rocky Mountain states:

In Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico, the Illinois senator is expected to win by big margins among Latinos. He also has used his fundraising edge to outspend McCain 3-to-1 on television ads in Colorado in the campaign's final weeks.

McCain's strategy:

The McCain campaign still sees a path to victory, but it's a narrow one. He must hang on to both of the big swing states Bush won narrowly in 2000 and 2004 - Ohio and Florida - while avoiding losses in GOP bastions like Virginia, Indiana and North Carolina. He is playing for an upset victory in Pennsylvania - which backed Democrat John Kerry in 2004 and has 21 electoral votes - in case Obama wins one or more red states that are now leaning his way.

He also hopes last minute undecided voters will turn his way:

Republican John McCain hopes a last-minute shift by undecided voters could help him capture toss-up states like Florida, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri and North Carolina and reverse Obama's momentum in Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Iowa.

But Indiana is no longer a lock for McCain, and neither is Montana, Georgia or North Dakota.

Obama advantages: his get out the vote effort and his cash surplus. He has more than one possible paths to victory:

The Obama camp is convinced it will hold all of the states Kerry won in 2004, including Pennsylvania, which would give the Illinois senator 252 electoral votes. He would need just 18 more electoral votes to get to the 270 required to win. Obama's campaign has been built around a strategy of setting up several paths to victory - whether it's flipping a big state like Ohio or Florida, or stitching together wins in several smaller states.

On a related note: Check out the differences in the candidates' election night plans: McCain's election night party is at the swank Arizona Biltmore hotel in Phoenix. 2,000 supporters and 1,000 others, mostly media, are expected to attend. Obama's party will be outdoors at Grant Park in Chicago. It's estimated 1 million -- or more -- will attend.

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    McCain no longer has any path to victory (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by andgarden on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 09:55:11 PM EST
    When Bob Dole's camp figured this out in 1996, they supposedly ordered lots of expensive catering. Maybe that's the point of McCain's last minute bash.

    What a perfect end (none / 0) (#8)
    by lilburro on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 05:18:07 AM EST
    to a perfect campaign.  A tiny group of people stuffing their faces with expensive food on someone else's dime.  Take the Neimans' and run Sarah!

    Losers need a bigger, better, party (none / 0) (#2)
    by BrassTacks on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 10:01:04 PM EST
    It will be such a down time for them.  

    But, I must admit, I am getting a bit nervous.  Too many states are too close.   Maybe I am afraid to get my hopes too high with so many still undecided, the Bradley effect, etc.  

    well (none / 0) (#4)
    by connecticut yankee on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 10:04:07 PM EST
    That McCain is scheduled to stop in Tennessee tommorrow is interesting.  That's not about the presidential race.  

    what do you think it's for? (none / 0) (#5)
    by ThatOneVoter on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 10:04:46 PM EST
    Probably to jawbone with Fred Thompson (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by wurman on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 11:59:00 PM EST
    I spotted some almost irrelevant snippet on the internet, somewhere, indicating that Frederick of Hollywood has a gig opposite James Carville for election night coverage.

    It's likely that Sen. McCain would like to control that narrative, if possible.

    Factually, though, Fred Thompson lives in McLean VA.  What they heck, maybe Sen. McCain wants to meet with Al Gore & get some straight talk on how to behave after losing a run for President.  Al seems to have an inside track on the path to an Oscar & a Nobel Prize.  McCain may have high hopes for the future.


    well (none / 0) (#6)
    by connecticut yankee on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 10:09:06 PM EST
    Ive read that when Dole thought he was losing he started campaigning for GOP congressional seats.  McCain hasnt really done that but maybe this is a nod to Dole's plan?

    I don't know what's close in TN but there must be a reason he's there.