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Obama and Democrats Fighting Hard on GOP Turf October 1, 2008

Posted by trouble97018 in McCain, News, Obama, Politics.

Huffington Post

Paul Jenkins

Posted October 1, 2008 | 03:18 AM (EST)

Less than five weeks before Election Day, Barack Obama is taking the fight to scarlet red Republican territory, adding several states won by George W. Bush to his list of potential takeovers. In the process he is contradicting both conventional wisdom and the many pundits who assumed the fight would ultimately focus on the usual suspects, including Ohio and Florida. Democratic Senate candidates too are not shying away from previously unthinkable GOP targets, and they now have a shot at a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority. All told, 20 states are currently at high risk of loss by the Republican party in either the presidential election, the Senate race, or both. How is that for expanding the playing field?

The Obama campaign’s confidence appears to rest on the fact that since April, well before he clinched his party’s nomination, he has been ahead of John McCain in average general election match-ups for all but 10 days, right after the GOP convention produced a short-lived burst of excitement about Sarah Palin. At this point he appears to be ahead nationally by about 5%, about the same as Bush was around this time in 2004.   Source Article



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