So these dark red states would have gone for Obama then? Doubt it.
I think Rudy would have still lost VA, IN and NC, but he would have picked up FL and PA, and possibly competed in states like NJ, NY and MA.
The point is, he would have actually tried to give people something to vote for. As it was, McCain didn’t try, and Sarah as the VP candidate was not enough to put them over the top.
Not saying that Obama wouldn’t have still won, but I think it would have been more competetive.
Rudy Giuliani never would have won either Florida or Pennsylvania. He ended up with something like one delegate to his name after the 2008 primary season, which tells me that there would have been massive numbers of Republican voters casting votes for third-party candidates on Election Day rather than vote for him.