Thursday, October 30, 2008

Obama in Arizona: A sign of good things to come?

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Via Ambinder, it looks like the Obama campaign is recruiting volunteers in Arizona.

"We've got a real chance now," writes Obama National Field Director Jon Carson in an e-mail to supporters, "but we can't do this without you."

The current RCP Average for Arizona is McCain +5.2, but Obama has significantly narrowed the gap. Polls have had McCain up by over 20 points throughout the course of the year. And as Silver noted the other day, Obama's chances in New Mexico look better because of this.

It's highly unlikely Obama will win McCain's home state, but the fact that he's doing so well there could be an indication of his support nationwide. And the fact that his campaign is recruiting volunteers, and taking the time to focus some of its attention on what all along has been seen as a sure thing for McCain, could be an indication that it's extremely confident going into the final weekend of the campaign.

Whatever the case, the optics of Obama taking it right to McCain like this are fantastic.

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