McCain rallies to defend VA, Obama works the west

The McCain campaign, besides many other states, has been pouring a lot of resources into the once-reliable red state of Virginia. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin have made many personal stops there along with deploying surrogates to hold rallies around the state.

The report from Yahoo News:

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – John McCain, struggling to hold onto Republican states, asked supporters Saturday to help him keep Virginia from tipping to Barack Obama. The Democrat was moving from west to east in his own final push to Election Day.

“We need to win Virginia on the fourth of November. With your help we’re going to win,” said McCain, who coughed and sounded hoarse at a chilly rally in this conservative region with a large military presence.

Virginia hasn’t voted for a Democrat since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, yet polls show Obama leading in the state. McCain contended Obama would seek tax increases as president, and he issued a familiar declaration contrasting himself and his foe: “He’s running for redistributor in chief, I’m running for commander in chief.”

McCain ally Lindsey Graham, a senator from South Carolina, accused Obama of spending more time writing his memoirs and running for president than serving in the Senate.

“He’s got a new book out. ‘How I Stood up to the Left,'” Graham said as he introduced McCain. “It’s in the fiction section and it’s a very quick read.”

McCain was headed to a rally in northern Virginia before flying to New York, where he was scheduled to appear on “Saturday Night Live” with host Ben Affleck, an Obama supporter. McCain had eight states on his final three-day itinerary, which ends with a midnight rally Monday in Arizona — where Obama was running television ads.

“We want to win everywhere,” Obama said of his decision to air commercials in his opponent’s state.

Report on McCain and Obama in Virginia from WVEC in Richmond, VA:

The latest round of Virginia polls from RealClearPolitics shows the race tightening. Obama had been leading every poll by 7 or more points. Three recent polls only show Obama up 4, while one gives him a 9 point advantage.

Some other recent polls, not averaged in here, gave Obama +1 and +2 as well.

Meanwhile, Sen. Obama is spending more time out west in states which I would have thought were the states he didn’t need to spend much time in. The continued report from Yahoo News:

Obama planned final get-out-the-vote rallies in Nevada, Colorado and Missouri for Saturday. He was to campaign in Ohio all day Sunday, including a Cleveland rally with singer Bruce Springsteen, then hit Virginia and Florida on election eve.

“We are four days away from changing the United States of America,” Obama told voters Friday night in Indiana, one of about a half-dozen Republican states that remain up for grabs.

McCain’s campaign argued that the Arizona senator was closing the gap in the final days and was closer than reflected in public polling. Privately, McCain’s aides said he trailed Obama by 4 points nationwide in internal polling.

It’s interesting to me that Obama would bother spending time in Nevada when polls, apparantly, show him up by a good 7 to 8 points on average. The same almost holds true for Colorado where he seems to be leading handily in the polls. The state of Missouri I can understand since it’s about dead even at this point, so any campaigning within the state helps.