The most recent poll from Mason-Dixon shows McCain up by only 6% over Obama in his home state of Arizona.
This is a shocking drop from the double digit leads he enjoyed earlier in the year. Clearly, one should expect a candidate to be winning by a larger margin in their home state. For instance, Barack Obama is enjoying a lead, according to Real Clear Politics, of 21.7% in Illinois.
So what accounts for this sorry showing by the original maverick?
It’s probably safe to say that it has something to do with the economy, the housing crisis, which has hit Arizona hard, and that state’s familiarity with the economic prowess of Quick-Draw McCain. While he is obsessing over a regional conflict in the Caucasus, the people of his state are wondering how they’re going to pay their mortgages.
Their assessment is reflected in this poll.