With polls showing a surprisingly close race in Arizona, Democrats are upping their activity in John McCain's home state. MoveOn.org announced it would begin airing an ad on broadcast and cable in the state over the weekend. An NBC News/Mason Dixon poll out today showed McCain ahead by just four points.
The MoveOn ad features former Staff Sergeant US Air Force John Weiler, a "lifelong Republican" who won a contest the outside group conducted earlier in the year. "I'm a Veteran, I served under President Ronald Reagan and under the first President Bush," Weiler says in the ad. "I've been a Republican since before I could actually vote. We need somebody in the White House that is strong. We need somebody who's gonna represent the left and the right, the Democrat and the Republican, everybody. I'm a lifelong Republican and I'm voting for Barack Obama." You can see the ad here.
Also, CBS News chief political consultant Marc Ambinder reports on an e-mail sent to Obama supporters in Arizona urging them to double their efforts and try to pull off a "real upset" on Election Day. "The Arizona Republic is now reporting that a series of new polls show us 'neck and neck' with John McCain in Arizona," the e-mail says. "According to the Republic, Senator McCain is 'struggling in his own backyard.' Arizona is his home state. He should have a comfortable lead with voters who've known him for nearly three decades. That says all you need to know about the strength of Barack's message and the grassroots movement we've built. With Election Day just 5 days away, this surge of support for Barack couldn't come at a better time. But we have to act immediately to take advantage."