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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Iowa Independent: McCain's 'Hail Mary' pass in Iowa

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent

As he slips in polls, state may become 'ground zero' for negative ads
... Is Iowa next? With last week's announcement that Sen. John McCain is
essentially conceding Michigan and its 17 electoral votes to Barack
Obama by pulling his presidential campaign out of the state, many are
wondering if the Republican nominee will abandon the Hawkeye State
soon. Despite the fact that the previous two presidential elections
were decided by razor-thin margins in Iowa, recent polls have shown
Obama with anywhere from a nine to 16 point lead here. He also has a
sizable advantage on the ground, with more than 40 offices around the
state, compared with just eight for McCain. Add to that the growing
voter registration gap, which favors the Democrats, and Iowa begins to
look less and less like a swing state.

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