October 8, 2004
MO BETTER RED (vioa Ed Driscoll):
By Disregarding Missouri, Kerry Gambles With History (Robert B. Bluey, October 08, 2004, CNSNews.com)
Missouri, considered a battleground state earlier this year, has become a second-tier priority for Sen. John Kerry, who canceled his television commercials here last month and has made only two visits since the Democratic convention in July.
No presidential victor - with the lone exception of Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 - has won the White House in the last century without carrying Missouri. But with President Bush leading in polls here, the Kerry campaign made a decisive shift in strategy.
"The last time a Democrat won the White House without winning Missouri was 1824," said Paul Sloca, the Missouri GOP's communications director.
The diveregence of state races from the current national polls is pretty dramatic--nowhere moreso than in Senator Kerry abandoning a must win MO. Posted by Orrin Judd at October 8, 2004 7:13 PM