Alex Massie

McCain gives up on Michigan?

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Politico's Jonathan Martin has a telling scoop:

John McCain is pulling out of Michigan, according to two Republicans, a stunning move a month away from Election Day that indicates the difficulty Republicans are having in finding blue states to put in play.

McCain will go off TV in Michigan, stop dropping mail there and send most of his staff to more competitive states, including Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida.   Wisconsin went for Kerry in 2004, Ohio and Florida for Bush.

If this is indeed true, then it adds weight to the growing sense that Obama isn't just going to win this election, he's going to win it comfortably - at least in electoral College terms. For a long tie, Michigan seemed one of McCain's best chances of pinching a state that went for Kerry in 2004. No longer, it seems. If the writing isn't on the wall yet, the pen has certainly been picked up...

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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