For the past several months, the Republican and Democratic nominees for president have targeted this fading center of the Rust Belt, with its 17 electoral votes, as a winnable state -- part of each party's electoral strategy to take the White House.
Now, that plan for one ticket, that of Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin, lies in smoldering ruins. As early as yesterday afternoon, reports began to filter out that the McCain campaign had suspended its efforts here and would be cutting staff as well as advertising.
McCain was essentially giving the state that George W. Bush had carried by five percentage points or less in 2000 and 2004 to Sen. Barack Obama.