Joe Republican: McCain Ends Iowa Campaign
Excerpted from this post at Joe Republican
Less than one month after his decision to skip the Iowa Straw Poll, John McCain ended his Iowa campaign today. McCain cut most of his Iowa staff and it's only a matter of time before the few remaining members are redeployed or let go as well. McCain came into the state last fall stating that he learned a great lesson in 2000; you can't skip Iowa and win the nomination. Yet, after his campaign got off to a descent start earlier in the year, the Maverick turned to his old ways and made two monumental mistakes that ended his bid in Iowa. First, he teamed up with Ted Kennedy to co-sponsor an Immigration Bill that gave what most would call amnesty to every illegal alien residing in the U.S. Second, he decided to blow off the Republican Party of Iowa's great Iowa Straw Poll. Following this second fatal mistake I wrote that it was only a matter of time before he revealed that he'd be skipping the Iowa Caucuses as well. Even with a staff that consisted of many of the best political operatives in the state, his numbers went from double digits in May, to recently as low as 6% in a late June Mason Dixon poll.