A Country Divided

As the race for a presidential leader enthusiastically continues, neither Senators Barack Obama nor John McCain has a good grasp on the voters. Up until recently, polls show that Obama has head a steady lead on McCain, but that is starting to change. In recent polls that the New York Times and the Washington Post concocted show Obama ahead of McCain by 3 points (45% to 42%) but since the margin of error is # points, the election is considered to be in a “dead heat.”

With the election so close, both Obama and McCain are trying to find ways to pull voters into their direction. McCain’s plan of attack is to appeal to the swing states and to attract the swing voters. The five states that McCain is concentrating a lot on are, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Ohio.



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4 responses to “A Country Divided

  1. Matt Knipple

    I totally agree that the election is a dead heat and that neither have a grasp on voters. Just asking around it seems as if people are not really confident in either candidate for whatever reason and that people are beginning to pick based on the lesser of two evils (not to say that doesn’t happen almost every election). It is a surprise that McCain isn’t focusing on Colorado being that Colorado has been a Republican state for a very long time and now most maps that I have seen have had it going Democrat.

  2. caitlinmock

    I think that after the last few weeks, with Palin’s falling star and the campaign pause and then ultimate no vote on the bailout bill yesterday, Obama is going to increase his lead. I know it’s narrow and the margin of error makes it almost even but as we’ve learned in 2000 almost doesn’t count. If he’s up, he’s up. Only about 11% of voters haven’t decided yet and I think both teams need to remember to focus on their bases and use the base to motivate the undecideds because if the base doesn’t show it will certainly be a mess for either or both candidate. McCain has a lot of work to do if he wants to regain momentum and have a fighting chance. And if we speak to the voyeurism of our culture, anyone who saw McCain next to Obama at the debate should have seen an old, crotchety man next to an eloquent and respectful leader. Sharp versus dull.

  3. ilasiea

    I agree with Caitlin that if McCain wants to have any sort of chance he better step up, and show up (in more ways than one) at then next debate. There has been too much messing around on his end (suspending campaigns, being over confident of bringing people together) and he can not afford to lose any more voters. Obama has more leeway because he hasn’t pulled these little stunts that McCain has. Also, though the Presidential debate wasn’t as good as it could have been for either side, I think McCain should have soared over Obama since that was his strong suit. As an Independent, and along with many Independents doing the bar thingy on the bottom of the screen on CNN, I think Obama held is own, and had more support from the Independents than McCain.

  4. Stephen Noriega

    Ilasiea has a great point. This last week should have played to McCain’s strengths. He should have outperformed Obama on foreign policy by a substantial margin. He did not win that debate by a wide enough margin. The crisis in Washington and his reaction to rush in and save the day also fit his character and his political image of the brave leader. However, the results perhaps left him more embarrassed than victorious. As far as the polls are concerned, the latest Gallup poll has Obama up by 6 percentage points or more and that is out of the margin of error.

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