Obama Closes Offices in 4 States… McCain Opens 50 in California!
Well, so much for that 50 state strategy.
The Obama camp surrendered 4 states to McCain-Palin today.
And, you know what that means?
It’s time to play the racism card!
Andrew Malcolm at the Top of the Ticket ties this decision by the Obama Campaign to close election offices in North Dakota, Alaska, Idaho and Georgia to a poll on Democratic racism that was released this weekend:
Exactly 44 years after Lyndon B. Johnson became the last Democrat to capture the state of North Dakota in a presidential election, it looks like Barack Obama won’t be the next.
The Associated Press reported this evening and an Obama spokeswoman confirmed that the Chicago-based campaign is pulling its 50-some staffers out of the heavily Republican state full of embittered small towns and shipping the workers east to Minnesota and Wisconsin, where the Democrat’s prospects seem brighter and closer.
John Kerry did the best of recent Democrats there, getting 36% of the North Dakota vote in 2004 — 3 percentage points more than Al Gore in 2000.
The abandonment of at least one Midwestern state by Obama comes as a new AP poll indicates that race could play a significant role in deciding a close national election.
Some experts estimate the first African American candidate of a major party might be as much as 6 percentage points more ahead if he wasn’t black.
Obama supporters hope that their months of work, 11 closing North Dakota field offices and widespread television advertising in the rural state may benefit down-ticket Democrats on Nov. 4. The Obama staff evacuation comes as early balloting is about to start there.
Ace has more on Obama’s shrinking turf.
Here’s video by the AP on Democratic racism and how it may affect the Messiah:
It should be noted that the poll also suggested that unlike Democrats, Republicans tend to vote more on issues than race… of course.
UPDATE: While Obama downsizes the McCain-Palin ticket opened 50 offices in California today!