ABC News’ Ron Claiborne reports: Talk about having to play defense in the waning days of the campaign. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is scheduled to make stops in Miami and Melbourne, Fla., this Friday. He flies Friday night to Charlotte, N.C., presumably to campaign Saturday in the Tar Heel state.
It is not a favorable sign for the McCain campaign that he is still trying to nail down these two traditionally Republican states. President Bush won Florida in 2000 and expanded his official margin of victory in 2004. North Carolina last went Democratic in a presidential election in 1976, when Jimmy Carter, from neighboring Georgia, won it.
The latest polls show McCain and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., locked in a tight race in North Carolina. Obama is narrowly ahead in Florida, the nation’s fourth largest state.