01/09/2009 01:20 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

McCain Campaign Pulls Out of Contiguous United States

With polls showing Obama leading comfortably, the McCain campaign confirmed it was pulling staff and advertising out of the economically-distressed original 48 American states. The GOP nominee also canceled a visit there slated for next week. Republicans had poured money into an effort to try to place the U.S. in the Republican column this year.

"Operations will be scaled back," said Mike DuHaime, the campaign's political director. "We'll continue fighting the good fight in Alaska, Hawaii and Guam, but right now we're going to focus on the states where the fundamentals of the economy are still strong."

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