Spin Control

THURSDAY, AUG. 21, 2008, 11:30 A.M.

Thursday’s quickie political briefing

Today's video: For those who've had enough of the Red State/Blue State discussion.

Check it out: a comparison of the 2008 primary votes for Rossi and Gregoire with the 2004 general election. Click here.

Asked how many houses he and his wealthy wife own, McCain not really sure

Obama outspends McCain in July $55 million to $32 million; most of money pays for advertising

After years of Democratic dominance, McCain sees opportunity in the upper Midwest

McCain, Obama agree to 3 presidential debates, 1 vice presidential
Barack Obama campaigns in the Virginian towns of Chester and Chesapeake. John McCain has no publicly scheduled events.
“It’s been almost 50 years. I’m thinking it’d have to be a perfect storm.” — T.J. Thomson, lead organizer for the grassroots Idaho for Obama campaign, on the odds of a Democrat winning the state in a presidential election.
Republican John McCain spent nearly $19 million on producing and placing advertising spots in July, according to documents submitted to the Federal Election Commission. Democrat Barack Obama spent about $33 million on producing and airing commercials.

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