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McCain Giving Up On Michigan

The John McCain campaign is abandoning efforts to win Michigan.

It's a Democratic-leaning state, but it's one that McCain had hoped to win.

According to Republican officials who know about the strategy, McCain is removing staff, cutting back advertising and canceling visits to the state, which offers 17 electoral votes.

The resources will instead be sent to Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida and other competitive states.

The news came as Barack Obama campaigned in Michigan. His rally at Michigan State today was his third event in the state in five days.

The development also came as attention was focused on tonight's vice presidential debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden.

In 2004, John Kerry won Michigan -- but McCain had identified it as a potential target, especially in light of Obama's troubles with white working-class voters.

But GOP strategists say the state's poor economy, and McCain's association with President Bush, proved to be too much for him to overcome.


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