With polls indicating an increasingly close presidential race in Indiana, Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin will visit the state Friday.
Palin’s running mate, John McCain, has a slight edge among Hoosiers, but the state is widely considered up for grabs. As the race gets closer, negative campaigning has increased. State GOP spokesperson Jay Kenworthy says that’s part of the process.
“I’m sure some of that stuff will come up,” he says. “You know, it’s a rally so there’ll be a lot of Rah Rah sentiment going on.”
Both McCain and his Democratic opponent Barack Obama have expanded their efforts to sway Hoosier votes. Obama’s running mate, Joe Biden, was in southern Indiana last month.
Indiana has favored Republicans for president for the last four decades. McCain has held an edge in the state, but polls show Obama closing the gap. Kenworthy attributes those gains to Obama’s dozens of Indiana campaign offices. He says McCain doesn’t have an official headquarters in the state, instead relying on local party offices.
“The John McCain grassroots effort has been working since day one of this campaign in Indiana,” he says. “It just hasn’t been the same style of campaign Barack Obama has run.”
The Palin rally is free, but tickets are required. They’re being distributed by the Republican Party.