With John McCain being a long time fixture in the Arizona political landscape, and with Arizona being considered a very conservative state, one would assume that McCain would be a lock for Arizona’s 10 electoral votes. Apparently, even McCain himself isn’t so sure. Here’s a clip of a story from the Washington Independent:
The biggest shift in the Arizona political landscape has been in the number of voters registering as independents — up 7.6 percent in the last year. Arizona is now essentially a tri-party state — Republicans make up 38 percent of registered voters; Democrats, 34 percent, and independents, 27 percent. Securing a plurality of independents will be crucial to the presidential race here and Obama has the early edge. Without the enthusiastic support of rank-and-file Republicans, McCain could face a desert dogfight that could wind up costing him the White House in a close contest.
In a clear signal that Arizona’s 10 electoral votes are up for grabs, the McCain campaign has added Arizona to its list of 24 “battleground states” with their 242 electoral votes.
It will be interesting to see how this develops. As the story notes, a poll taken last month has McCain ahead 50-39. That’s easily within striking distance for Obama. We’ll see.