McCain has to campaign in Arizona. McCain is barely ahead in the state where he has the most houses

Let’s just, for a moment, imagine the polls in Illinois showed Obama only ahead of McCain by 5 or 6 points. That would cause a frenzy in the political punditry. A frenzy. The latest poll in Illinois showed Obama leading by a 15 point margin: 55% – 40%.

McCain, on the other hand, is only ahead by 6 points: 47% – 41%. He’s not even breaking 50% and barely breaking 45%. That’s why John McCain has to campaign in his home state. Arizona is the place where McCain has most of his houses. The people who know him best don’t really like him.

Take a look at’s trend chart for Arizona. This is McCain’s home state and he’s barely winning. This should be a HUGE political story — it really is one of the untold stories of the 2008 election. In any statewide race, an incumbent who is stuck at 45% would be in the danger zone.

This should be a HUGE story, but too many reporters like McCain so they can’t grasp that others don’t. (And, those reporters like going to John McCain’s biggest house — the compound in Sedona with the private lake.)

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