POLITICAL observations & opinions

* E.J. Dionne: McCain stuggles to stay afloat in Florida

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 27, 2008

E.J. Dionne writes on realclearpolitics …

  • If John McCain were on a clear path to victory in Florida, there would be no campaign here at all.
  • The fact that McCain is on the defensive here and in such a broad swath of Republican territory is emblematic of the 2008 endgame. It is a sign of the extent to which Obama has outorganized and outstrategized McCain, and an indication of how almost all the issues have moved against the GOP.
  • The choice of Palin “was an unqualified negative for McCain in South Florida.” Traditionally Democratic Jewish voters, some of whom had been resistant to Obama, began coming home.
  • McCain may yet hang on to Florida. But the fact that he is struggling so hard, so late is a sign of how Obama’s organizational and fundraising prowess has changed the nation’s political map and how drastically the economic crisis could alter the contours of American politics.
NOTE: realclearpolitics currently shows Obama with an average lead in Florida of +1.9%, with individual polls ranging from +7% to -1%
                             

Read the entire article at … http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/10/obamas_work_pays_off_in_florid.html

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