The Associated Press reports that Sarah Palin was in the dark on a key decision made by the John McCain campaign. He will be conceding Michigan to Senator Barack Obama and pulling out of the state to focus on other key battleground states like Pennsylvania, Florida, Colorado, and North Carolina.

There appears to be no evidence that the Governor of Alaska, who was pegged to be John McCain’s running mate for the highest office in the land, was upset about being left out of the decision-making process. Rather, she said that she immediately sent McCain an e-mail offering to visit the state of Michigan with her husband Todd and tour the plants there. I suppose she thinks she could turn the tide of Obama’s double-digit lead in that state.

It does appear that McCain rejected Palin’s offer as the campaign has her stopping in other states while on the campaign trail. She’ll be in California this weekend. She’ll also likely spend time in Colorado and North Carolina afterwards.

It remains to be seen whether Palin’s debate with Joe Biden scored enough points with voters to give Republicans a boost going into the final weeks of the election. Considering the great partisan divide, the race will likely be as close as the last two elections in 2000 and 2004 and could very well lead to record turnouts.

Palin is also spending more time with reporters, the AP said.

The question of the day is this: Is Palin’s ignorance regarding McCain’s strategic move to leave Michigan evidence that there is division among the key decision-making parties in the GOP? If so, how will that affect the outcome of the election? Will independent and undecided voters see it as a weakness? Should they?

Allen Taylor writes the daily News and Media Blog. He invites you to follow him on Twitter.

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