While some took the sign of Obama ads going off the air as a retreat, others who use “Common Sense” were very much aware that it’s not the most intelligent thing in the world to pay for advertising while you’re getting free coverage by the major news networks.
While Republicans have taken the fact that Obama suspended television advertising in Georgia as a sign he’s abandoning the state, Plouffe said the campaign always intended to go off the air during the convention. “We’ll be back up next week,” he said.
The AJC’s article points out that just as in 1992 when Bill Clinton won Georgia, Democrats won’t need to win 50% in order to win Georgia.
When Bill Clinton won, he did so without winning a majority of the vote. Independent candidate Ross Perot took 13 percent of the vote, and Clinton won Georgia with 43 percent. This year, Libertarian Party nominee Bob Barr could do enough damage to Republican John McCain to again swing the vote Democratic.
Some Georgia delegates in Denver are excited about Georgia being a battleground state.
Chad Brock of Atlanta, an at-large Obama delegate here, sees a similar path to victory.
“John Kerry made absolutely no investment in the state and he finished with 42 percent of the vote,” Brock said, moments before the gavel fell to open to the Democratic National Convention. “Between record African-American vote and 400,000 people the campaign intends to register, there’s no reason our percentages can’t go into the high 40s. We can win with 48 or 49 percent.”
Jara Butler of Roswell, also an at-large Obama delegate, also noted that Clinton was the last candidate to campaign actively in the state. Obama, she said, is making a huge investment in Georgia with more than a dozen offices, more than 100 paid staff on the ground. “He looks at Georgia the same way Clinton did,” Butler said, “and every state is in play.”
With the failures of the Bush Administration combined with the disappointment Georgians are feelings towards the state Republicans, Georgia’s Democrats have an opportunity in 2008 not only to win Georgia for Obama/Biden and evict Saxby Shameless from Washington but it would appear some are gearing up for 2010 as well.