Obama Bails on North Dakota

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Another state drifts out of reach and Obama pulls the plug. This time it’s North Dakota; over 50 Obama staffers stationed there are heading to Minnesota and Wisconsin. Reportedly, the Obama campaign opened 11 offices in North Dakota while McCain opened zero. Yet, Obama finds himself down by double digits. Time to call it quits.

Look, I know Obama is playing effective and aggressive offense in traditionally red states like Colorado, Virginia, Nevada, and Montana. But Georgia, North Dakota, and Alaska were basically money pits that ate up campaign resources that could have been used in states where Obama is down by low single digits. I’m sure that David Plouffe wishes from time to time that he or his candidate had been a little less heady and ambitious when outlining the Obama campaign’s fifty-state strategy.

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