Presumptive GOP presidential nominee John McCain told the Arizona Republic, his homestate paper, that he will aggressively campaign for California’s vote despite the state’s 20-year track record of voting for Democrats.
Click here to read today’s full story but here’s what reporter Dan Nowicki wrote in his first few paragraphs:
John McCain is boldly promising to mount the most serious Republican presidential campaign for California in years as part of a strategy that targets the entire Democratic-leaning West Coast.
California, the state with 55 prized electoral votes, once upon a time was the home base of President Reagan, one of McCain’s GOP heroes. But Republicans haven’t carried the state in a presidential race or won a Senate seat since 1988.
And, with an increasingly influential Latino population, California is central to any Democratic plan to capture 270 electoral votes and retake the White House.
We’ll see. So far, McCain has appeared chiefly in the Golden State to restock his campaign coffers.
In fact, he’ll be in Atherton on May 22 at the home of former E Bay CEO Meg Whitman for a fund-raiser luncheon.
To join McCain’s elite California Victory Advisory Team, you’ll need to raise $100,000 for McCain, which comes with six tickets to the host committee reception prior to the lunch, three photos and a table of 10 plus two seats at the head table.