The AP is reporting that “Barack Obama, who has deployed more than 50 staffers in North Dakota in an attempt to become the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state since 1964, is pulling out.”
But I can’t say I agree — If I was David Plouffe I’d pony up the bucks to keep running ads there. Maybe you don’t need 50 staffers — Maybe half of that plus another 75 volunteers would suffice — but a month of ads in Fargo probably costs about the same as a day of ads in Miami.
My reasons why they should contest the Peace Garden State (did anyone know that was its nickname?) are documented here. But the crux of the matter is that a swing of about 40,000 votes would shift the state to the blue column and even a close call there would steal some of the McCain camp’s attention.