POLITICS

McCain On Defense In Red States

Nov 11, 2008 | Updated May 25, 2011

John McCain is circling the wagons.

The Republican presidential candidate, with few prospects in Democratic-leaning states, is struggling to hold on to the states George W. Bush won in 2004.

Iowa and New Mexico, where Bush got the narrowest of victories in the last election, are moving into Obama's column. That would shave 12 electoral votes from Bush's 2004 total of 286 -- 270 are needed to claim the White House.

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