Politics & Government

Obama targets Alaska as battleground state

The Barack Obama presidential campaign is pouring money into the Republican bastion of Alaska to beat John McCain and to help the Alaska Democrats running for Congress against Ted Stevens and Don Young.

"We've taken a look at the political dynamic of Alaska and, as a result, have made Alaska one of our 18 battleground states," said Obama deputy campaign manager Pete Rouse. "We believe we can win in Alaska and we're making it a priority."

Rouse, who was Obama's chief of staff in the U.S. Senate, has ties to Alaska. His mother grew up here, his aunt lives in Palmer, and Rouse was chief of staff for Alaska Lt. Gov. Terry Miller from 1979 to 1982. He's well aware Alaska voters haven't favored a Democrat for president since 1964.

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