Mac's Road to 270 Electoral Votes Looks Hard

Democrats close gap in battleground states as GOP options narrow.
By Rebecca Smith Hurd,  Newser User
Posted Oct 4, 2008 3:09 PM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., shakes hands at a rally at Schwarzman Stadium at Abington High School in Pennsylvania on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – John McCain's path to Pennsylvania Avenue is forcing him to go through states where he is either tied or losing in the polls, the Boston Globe reports. Not only did he pull out of Michigan, McCain is struggling in eight states President Bush won that hold 101 electoral votes. “The fact that states like Indiana and Missouri are still on the table spells trouble for McCain,” said one pundit.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama leads in five Democratic-leaning states that McCain had hoped to win over. While the Republican has time to recover, his spending can’t exceed $84.1 million in public money that looks meager next to Obama's record-breaking war chest. "It means the road for McCain to 270 is narrowing, whereas for Obama there are still several paths," one analyst said.