With all indications showing that the Obama campaign intends to play to win in states not typically targeted by the Democrats and John McCain touting his appeal to independent voters across the country, I think it will be interesting to see where the money flows in 08.
I recently stumbled across this useful map which shows how presidential and vice presidential visits and money spent were distributed across the 50 states in the 2004 Presidential election.
It gives such a clear view of how concentrated money and resources are in an election.
So how different will the 2008 map look? Certainly we can expect to see Virginia far more saturated that it was in 2004. Additionally, I think Michigan will look as flooded in 2008 as Florida was in 2004. The Obama campaign has also suggested it envisages a route to 270 Electoral College votes passing through Georgia and Montana.
Following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, will Louisiana abandon the Republican party and mobilise behind Barack Obama – possible with the large African American population in and around New Orleans.
McCain’s campaign staff have suggested that the Senator will not be afraid to play ball in typically Democratic states such as California – although I am somewhat sceptical that he would have enough resources to throw at the state to even make it vaguely competitive.