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Obama Might Make Play for Arizona

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Please forgive me for harping on Arizona. It is my adopted home state, and having lived here or in New York for most of my life, I have

Rhyley Carney
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Oct 31, 2008

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Please forgive me for harping on Arizona. It is my adopted home state, and having lived here or in New York for most of my life, I have never resided in a state that received much attention during a competitive presidential campaign.

So it is with great excitement that I read this item from Newsweek’s Richard Wolffe:

In light of the polling data, I’ve had several conversations with my fellow Arizonans about the possibility of The Grand Canyon State turning blue next week. If the race has tightened as much as the polls are indicating, it’s not unthinkable that a high-profile stop by Sen. Barack Obama at, say, Arizona State University in Tempe with our  popular Gov. Janet Napolitano — which would likely draw tens of thousands of people — could provide a last minute boost that, in conjunction with a few days of heavy advertising, might be enough to put the Democrat over the top.

Logistically, it wouldn’t seem to be that difficult, especially if Obama plans to make a final visit to any of Arizona’s neighboring battleground states — Colorado, New Mexico or Nevada.

It would be quite a thing for Arizonans to stay up late to watch our own state’s returns come in on Election Night, for a change.

Rhyley Carney | Rhyley Carney is a New York Times bestselling author, anthology editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content designer, and writing teacher/lecturer who has won five Bram Stoker Awards. More than a dozen countries have purchased her novels.


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