Obama is on fire, McCain running scared (as it should be)

In an article in the Boston Globe today, Bryan Mooney says, among other things:

With 31 days until the election, Democrat Barack Obama’s road to the White House is widening, and Republican John McCain’s electoral path is narrowing.

The McCain campaign’s decision this week to abandon Democratic-leaning Michigan is the most obvious and dramatic sign, a major tactical retreat that limits the ways he can reach the magic number of 270 electoral votes on Nov. 4.

But McCain is in as bad or worse shape in other battleground states. Barring a dramatic change, he is on course to lose Iowa and New Mexico, both states barely won by President Bush four years ago in his narrow victory over Democrat John F. Kerry. And he and the Republican National Committee this week began pouring money into Indiana and North Carolina, reliably Republican states where the Obama campaign has made strong advances and polls indicate the candidates are roughly tied.

The Obama campaign, meanwhile, has responded this week by significantly increasing its television advertising budget in Indiana and five other states and has even spent $350,000 to air spots continuously on a satellite TV channel, a first for a presidential hopeful.

McCain also has less room to maneuver in the crucial contest for campaign cash. He cannot spend more than the $84.1 million in public funds he accepted after being nominated a month ago, though the national GOP is augmenting his spending with so-called independent expenditures on ads in key states.

Obama, who has broken presidential fund-raising records, is the first candidate to reject the public grant, and can spend as much as he can raise privately. McCain campaign officials acknowledged it has given him an advantage.

You can read the entire article here.

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