ATLANTA (AP) - Barack Obama's campaign has stopped ads that are running in Georgia and shifted some of state's paid campaign staff to North Carolina. But it claims it's not surrendering the state to John McCain. Georgia has generally been a Republican stronghold. It hasn't backed a Democrat for president since Bill Clinton in 1992. But Obama has pledged to make Georgia a battleground for the November election, encouraged by the large number of blacks and young people who call the state home. The changes come in the wake of tightening polls. But Obama aides insist they still plan to compete there. Georgia Republican Chairwoman Sue Everhart says the Obama campaign is now realizing that Georgia is a red state. She asks,"Why spend your money where you can't win?"
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