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Is McCain Counting On Virginia Too Soon

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

August 5, 2008

"Barack Obama is sending a message, he's sending a message to the people of Virginia, he's sending a message to John McCain and he's sending a message nationally that he's going to fight for these two states," said UVa politics professor Paul Freedman.

States that have traditionally been red, like Virginia and Indiana, but states that are now in play and considered battlegrounds. Political analysts saying Obama giving it his best shot at turning these states blue.

"Certainly Barack Obama doesn't want to be in the position that he opened 22 offices when he should have opened 24," said Freedman.

But is McCain taking these states for granted?

"Well it's too early to say, we're still in a preconvention period, we're still in a period during which the McCain campaign is spending it's primary money," said Freedman.

Freedman says that after the conventions, it's going to be a much different story, expecting the McCain campaign not to take any states for granted, but he adds that if Obama can truly make it a battle, things may get tough for McCain.

"Again if Barack Obama can keep his Republican opponent on his toes in previously Republican stronghold states like Indiana or Virginia, John McCain is going to be fighting an uphill battle," said Freedman.


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