Breaking: Obama TV Offensive in AZ, GA, ND
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The Obama campaign announced Friday morning that it is investing new resources for a TV blitz deep in Republican territory, running new ads in North Dakota, Georgia and Sen. John McCain’s home state of Arizona.
The announcement is either a small-buy head fake, which could stoke heady press coverage of the campaign’s offense in the closing days, or a genuine push to capitalize on McCain’s weakening standing in states that Obama strategists never thought would be winnable.
The new focus on Arizona is not one-sided, either. McCain began spending resources there this week. TWI’s Matt DeLong reported on its new robocall effort, explaining:
[W]ith McCain struggling to keep pace, the campaign can hardly afford to redirect money from battleground states to … Arizona. But McCain’s strategists must be at least somewhat concerned about McCain’s home-state standing, or they wouldn’t risk signaling weakness by taking this action. The robocalls will allow McCain to spread his message cheaply in Arizona.
McCain can try to shore up support with calls on the cheap, but Obama has enough money to make it rain in any red state he wants. It’s striking that after marching around the whole country in a two-year national campaign, a presidential candidate’s fate can still turn on the local politics of his home state. But in close races, it can make all the difference. Just ask Al Gore, who lost his home state in 2000.