The Huffington Post reports:
John McCain is pulling out of Michigan, according to two Republicans, a stunning move a month away from Election Day that indicates the difficulty Republicans are having in finding blue states to put in play.
McCain will go off TV in Michigan, stop dropping mail there and send most of his staff to more competitive states, including Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida. Wisconsin went for Kerry in 2004, Ohio and Florida for Bush.
The AP says that the RNC ads up in Michigan are not expected to continue either.
McCain’s campaign discussed the move today, saying that the candidate now needs to win Pennsylvania, Wisconsin or Minnesota.
This isn’t a surprising move–as of today, McCain is losing all of the Kerry states plus IA, NM, CO, VA, OH, FL & NV. In the mean time, MO, IN and NC are at the verge of tipping toward Obama. Considering we’re only a month from the election, John McCain has some serious ground to pick up.
Personally, I don’t think McCain will be able to flip any Kerry states. In fact, it’s almost a given that IA and NM–two Bush states in 2004–are now solidly in Obama’s column.
McCain’s best option would be to keep those battleground states that went for Bush in 2004–CO, VA, OH, FL & NV. Yeah, it’s a pretty tall order to have to win every single one of those, but if he pulls it off he can just barely keep Barack Obama out of the White House.