“The McCain campaign has outspent the Obama camp by hundreds of thousands of dollars, and in some cases by as much as a million dollars or more, in virtually all of the nearly dozen battleground states where both campaigns are up on the air,” TPM reports.
“McCain is advertising heavily in 11 traditional battlegrounds; Obama is advertising in those same 11 plus roughly seven more; and McCain holds a heavy advantage in virtually all the 11 shared states.”
“The poll underlines Sen. Barack Obama’s strengths and weaknesses. Strengths: He leads overall and he’s strong with women, even stronger among young folks and astronomically strong with blacks. Weaknesses: Sen. John McCain beats him among white voters, men, older folks and white Catholics,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Update, 08/19/08, 8:45 PM:
In my haste to post this and get to work on time, I neglected to mention how this figures into the 50-State Strategy.
In diluting his focus and trying to turn every state into a battleground, Obama has failed to focus the lion’s share of his attention on key battleground states, as the above-mentioned polls show. And we can see the result, can’t we?