Republican presidential candidate John McCain is giving up on winning Michigan.
Republican officials with knowledge of the strategy say the GOP candidate is shifting resources to other states. Democrat John Kerry won here in 2004, but McCain had tried to make it a target to switch parties this year amid economic problems in the state.
I’m not surprised that Michigan is leaning hard to the Left, but I am a bit surprised how much and how early. A lot of folks have been telling me that they expected Michigan to go for McCain, but I’ve been totally unconvinced.
For what it’s worth, even here in relatively conservative west Michigan, I think Obama bumper stickers and lawn signs outnumber McCain bumper stickers and lawn signs about 5-1 (or more). I was in the state capital of Lansing last weekend, near the middle of the state, and the ratio was probably 10-1. I know that doesn’t mean a whole lot, but it certainly doesn’t look like a state on the verge of shifting to the Red.
Seems that the McCain campaign agrees.