Addressing the conservative base could shore up the narrow margin for John McCain among Arizonans as he enters the crucial waning days in the race for the White House.
The latest KAET Cronkite-Eight Poll provides these stunning figures:
The campaign is obviously aware of these lagging numbers, given the statement made earlier this month in which he referred to Arizona as a “swing state,” and adding Arizona to its list of 24 “battleground states.”
McCain had a 50-39 percent lead over Obama in a Phoenix-based Behavior Research Center poll released May 23, 2008.
As Arizona’s favorite son, McCain’s numbers should be escalating rather than plummeting. He could reach out to conservatives in his own party to ratchet them up.