Campaign 08: Back to 50 State Strategy?

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In presidential politics, the 50-state strategy is old news - just look back to 2004. That's when we constantly heard about Ohio, Florida and so-called battleground states.

Political experts believe the 2008 presidential race is headed to the same conclusion.

Today author and Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund joined The 700 Club for a closer look at Election 2008. Click play to watch the interview.

Familiar Ground

With less than 50 days to go, both candidates are returning to familiar ground.

Barack Obama's campaign once talked optimistically about a full-on, 50-state strategy - but no more.

What caused the change? Momentum courtesy of Sarah Palin and now, national polls show John McCain picking up speed.

Bush campaign architect, Karl Rove, says that if those polls equaled electoral votes, McCain would have 227 to Obama's 226. That's a shift of more than 30 votes just since the Democratic convention.

A closer look at the electoral map shows 85 toss-up votes in many of the same battleground states as the last two presidential elections.

The four biggies for 2008 are Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida.

Obama's stops along the rust belt straight out of Denver signaled the importance of this region.

The Illinois senator is also hoping to pick off some western states - namely Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada. Virginia is another shifting state that holds potential.

McCain's priority will be holding on to Florida and Ohio. Bush won the sunshine state in 2004 and Ohio looks competitive.

That's because Palin is now popular in the rural areas where Obama was weak in the primaries.

The Palin factor has also helped to solidify many red-blue divisions of recent years.

But analysts caution: anything is possible between now and November.

*Original broadcast September 17, 2008.

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