UPDATE: McCain and Michigan

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Now they tell us. Only days after the McCain campaign pulls up stakes in Michigan, the state party–sounding just a bit like the Black Knight out of that old Monty Python bit (“It’s just a flesh wound!”)–puts out this press release:

A new poll shows Senator John McCain trailing Senator Barack Obama by only 5 percentage points in Michigan, a trend that is consistent with previous presidential elections where the race tightened substantially during the month of October.

“These poll numbers underscore the competitive nature of Michigan and why we need to keep fighting,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saulius “Saul” Anuzis. “The presidential race in Michigan always gets close in October. We saw this in 2000 and 2004, and we are seeing it now.”