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Don’t Take New Hamsphire for Granite

Mike Murphy at Swampland lays out a [very likely] nightmare scenario for McCain: “The state by state results look a lot like 2004, but Obama picks up NM, CO and IA leaving the electoral college count at a razor close 269 Obama to 265 McCain. New Hampshire’s four electoral votes hold the final [...]

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McCain Winning AOL Users By a Landslide

From California to Massachusetts.  A screen shot from the AOL straw poll:

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Mapping McCain’s Digs

Jed Lewison of JedReport.com produced a video that HuffPo has picked up that maps outs McCain’s “10 to 13 houses.”
The video isn’t great because you can only see the neighborhoods they live in and not the actual houses, and it also basically takes a rail against the rich tone, but it’s still an interesting example [...]

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The Five Places McCain Should Go

Cross-posted at The Next Right.
Politico’s Charlie Mahtesian and Amie Parnes wrote an article yesterday about the “Five Places Obama Should Go,” and four out of the five areas they identified were places where he struggled against Clinton: Broward County, FL (Jews), Youngstown, OH (blue-collar, gun-owning Catholics), San Antonio (Latinos) and Mingo Couny, WV (“the heart [...]

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North Carolina Watch: Obama Within MoE

A Rasmussen poll out today has McCain at 45% and Obama 43%, within the ±4% margin of error.  According to TPM Election Central, “the poll also found that 54% of respondents said it’s more important to bring the troops home form Iraq than it is to win the war, versus only 40% who think victory [...]

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Some Ocean Front Property in Arizona

If you buy the McCain camp’s suggestion that his home state is going to be a battelground this Fall, then to use the words of George Straight, “I’ve got some ocean front property in Arizona / From my front porch you can see the sea / I’ve got some ocean front property in Arizona / [...]

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McCain Maps Out His General Election Strategy

The McCain camp has a 15 minute “Strategy Briefing” video up its Web site outlining where and how it’ll fight.  Many of the battleground states it identifies are familiar, but a few are questionable.   For example, the campaign names Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky and Tennessee battlegrounds, but not Virginia or North Carolina.
McCain Camp’s Battleground States

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Washington Post’s “Lowest Common Denominator” Map

WaPo’s Dan Balz has an A1 story today explaining the 2008 electoral map to what one might call casual observers of the race. So the article covers most of the CW — Obama will target new battlegrounds like Virginia and Colorado, McCain has his sights on Michigan, the Midwest is pivotal, and so on… [...]

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Could Lieberman Deliver Connecticut to the GOP?

Joe Lieberman (?-CT) has been spending plenty of time with John McCain lately, and now we get word from Ben Smith that’s he hosting conference calls with reporters bashing Barack Obama on Iran.  “Senator Obama argued today that American foreign policy in recent years has essentially sort of strengthened Iran…  and I disagree with that,” [...]

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Carrying the Banner for the Three Types of Republicans

Over at The Next Right, my NMS colleague Jon Henke has a post tackling the daunting topic of “The Future of the Right” and identifies three different types of Republicans: Progressive Republicans, Goldwater Republicans and Bush Republicans.
Progressive Republicans (aka: Teddy Roosevelt Republicans) are “generally reliable on limited government, but willing to go off on Big [...]

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