Friday, October 3, 2008

Wisconsin's role in election becomes even more important

Wisconsin' role in electing the next President of the United States just got bigger according to an article by Mike Allen in Politico.

Mike DuHaime (R-Ariz.), John McCain's political director, says that Senator McCain must win Pennsylvania, Wisconsin or Minnesota in order to get enough electoral votes to win the presidency.

All three were considered swing states in 2000 and 2004, but George W. Bush lost them both times. “Our ability to pick off one of those three states is where our fortunes are largely held,”DuHaime said.

McCain figures that winning one of those three big remaining swing states, plus those he considers safe, would put him 10 shy of the 270 electoral votes he needs to win.

McCain has very limited ways to win, with no room for error.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) still has many routes to the White House and so can afford to campaign on a much broader playing field.

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