Internal Poll Shows Bush Leading In Three Blue States
According to The Hill , internal Bush-Cheney campaign polling "shows that the president is beating Sen. John Kerry in three states that Al Gore carried in 2000, campaign staff members told GOP operatives this week. . . . Bush advisers told Republican officials working at the convention that the president is beating Kerry in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and even Michigan. Those are key battleground states that some political observers say Kerry must win if he is to defeat Bush. Gore won Pennsylvania by four points, Michigan by five and Wisconsin by less than one." Bush adviser Karl Rove met with Pennsylvania reporters yesterday, says the Pittsburgh Post Gazette , and gave "an upbeat assessment of the president's position" in the state two months before the election." Meanwhile, on CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, who is a former governor of Wisconsin, said the presidential race in his home state is "very close," but "I would say that the president is on the upswing" and has "taken the lead. And I think it looks good for the president."
Kerry campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill, on CNN's Inside Politics, acknowledged that the senator's numbers "have slipped in recent days in some key battleground states," but "she said those numbers have stabilized. Kerry campaign aides believe that is because the swift boat ads have backfired on the Republicans."
GOP Sources Say List Of True Battleground States Down To Nine.
CBS Evening News said last night that "Republican sources say the Bush campaign has now whittled down to nine the number of battleground states they feel are truly up for grabs."