Can Obama Take Bush Country?

07/03/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Politico reports that Obama will focus his sizable resources on fourteen states Bush won in 2004. Even in states he'll almost certainly lose, like Texas and Wyoming, Obama thinks he can help down-ticket Dems. Campaign manager Steve Hildebrand says:

"Texas is a great example where we might not be able to win the state, but we want to pay a lot of attention to it. It's one of the most important redistricting opportunities in the country . . . If we can register more Democrats, if we can increase the Democratic performance and turnout, maybe we can pick up a congressional seat."

The Chicago Tribune that it wouldn't be so hard for Obama to pick up nine or more Bush states:

A projection by the Tribune based on the results of the 2004 election shows that a turnout increase of 10 percent among blacks and youths--two groups that have demonstrated considerable excitement over the Obama candidacy--would offer a powerful potential lift to his campaign.

Two states that the Republicans narrowly won last time, Iowa and New Mexico, would switch to the Democratic column. The Republican lead in Ohio would plummet from more than 118,000 votes to fewer than 6,000. A host of Republican states would come into play, while Democratic leads would be substantially cushioned in major blue states that Republican candidate John McCain has targeted: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.