With this move his campaign goes into that popular and successful “hope and a prayer” mode.
From the link:
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.
McCain’s campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Republicans had been bullish on Michigan, hopeful that McCain’s past success in the state in the 2000 primary combined with voter dissatisfaction with Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm and skepticism among blue-collar voters about Barack Obama could make it competitive.
Below the fold is an ominous, for McCain, report from Florida.
Ambinder has an interesting post on the large-scale effort the Obama campaign is putting forth in Michigan. Hit the link for the complete text of a campaign memo on the subject.
It sounds like both Obama and McCain are going full out to attempt to win the Michigan vote.
From the link:
To date, the campaign has hired more than 90 paid staffers and plans to hire another 80 by the national convention. There will be five full-time “constituency voter coordinators” who work with coalitions and affinity groups, like women, gays and veterans. All in all, the campaign plans to pay more than 200 people in Michigan. That’s about twice as many staffers as the Kerry-Edwards effort did in 2004.
The campaign has identified 2,000 precincts and plans to staff them with captains who will oversee neighborhood volunteer teams working on the quattrain of tasks: voter registration, voter ID, persuasion, and GOTV. They’re going to open 40 offices statewide, most of them co-located with local parties or campaigns.
The McCain campaign has put a target on Michigan; they plan to contest the state with as much — if not more — resources than even Pennsylvania.
Joining the news out of Florida yesterday, it looks like Michigan will not conduct a new vote to try and seat delegates to the Democratic convention.
From the link:
Lansing (WWJ) — It’s appearing more and more likely there will not be a re-do of the Democratic presidential primary election. WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick reports state Senate Democrats came out of a closed door meeting Tuesday morning and said there are not enough votes to approve a re-do.
Legislative approval is necessary for a re-vote to happen.
Speaking live on WWJ, Skubick said it would take a “miracle” to have the re-do approved, but he added it’s still possible.
There has been no comment from the Michigan Democratic Party. A spokesman said they are waiting to see what the legislature does.
There is increasing chatter about the “problem” of the Florida and Michigan votes not seating delegates on the Democratic side after breaking party rules on the timing of the vote.
Talks are heating up about doing something in both states. Florida has been particularly vocal in the last few days. Now it looks like Michigan is about to announce a new caucus to get their votes counted at the convention.
If both states can manage to throw a respectable vote together in short order that helps remove one issue facing this onerous primary.
Markos over at the Daily Kos is proposing some Michigan mischief. The idea is the Michigan primary is meaningless for Democrats because for the moment the state’s delegates have been stripped for violation of party rules.
Kos suggests Democrats should vote in the GOP primary for Mitt Romney. He reckons a Mitt (and his enormous bankroll) win will keep the GOP race much tighter with the candidates spending money and fiercely battling amongst themselves rather than preparing for the eventual Democratic presidential nominee.
There is a storied history of just this sort of behavior in Michigan. Among other incidents, the GOP crossed over to vote in 1988 giving that primary to Jesse Jackson.