October 21, 2008
Deciding not to accept public financing, Barack Obama started October with well over $100 million, compared to McCain who is accepting public money, cannot raise funds and is limited to $84 million before election day. Giving Obama more resources in the final two weeks before the election including Virginia, leaving McCain in a tough spot.
"Whatever he puts in to this state, Obama can out resource him with money and with people and with energy. John McCain is just in a very difficult spot right now," said Cordel Faulk with the UVa Center for Politics.
Forcing McCain to make some hard choices, like which states to give up on, and which states to fight for.
"Virginia would be one of those states, and Pennsylvania, and Florida will be states that he has to be in. And he's pulling money out of Colorado and Iowa, and New Mexico because he just can't win them," said Faulk.
The center says Obama will most likely stick to the game plan.
"Continue what he is doing. Pouring money into his organization and making sure they're able to get their voters out, and being up on tv and keeping his name out there and keeping people warm and positive about his campaign," said Faulk.
And with some help, he may even win Virginia in November. A state Faulk says McCain may have taken for granted.
"You have a very popular Mark Warner at the top of the ticket which may help Barack Obama in a reverse coattails effect and McCain should have seen that coming as well," said Faulk.