Posts Tagged ‘John McCain’

The Huffington Post published my story about watching the Election returns with Democrats Abroad in Rome.

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According to First Read, that’s how long it’s been since Iowa governor Tom Vilsack kicked off the 2008 campaign season when he filed paperwork to start his presidential bid on November 9, 2006, just days after the Democrats won control of Congress.

For those of you who are math junkies, that is the equivalent of five days shy of a full two years; 17,424 hours; 1,045,440 minutes; and 62,726,400 seconds.

According to the Associated Press, here are the times (EST) polls close tonight, and the number of electoral votes each state is worth.

7:00
Georgia (15)
Indiana (11)
Kentucky (8)
South Carolina (8)
Vermont (3)
Virginia (13)
TOTAL ELECTORAL VOTES: 58

7:30
Ohio (20)
North Carolina (15)
West Virginia (5)
TOTAL ELECTORAL VOTES: 40

8:00
Alabama (9)
Connecticut (7)
Delaware (3)
Florida (27)
Illinois (21)
Maine (4)
Maryland (10)
Massachusetts (12)
Mississippi (6)
Missouri (11)
New Hampshire (4)
New Jersey (15)
Oklahoma (7)
Pennsylvania (21)
Tennessee (11)
Washington DC (3)
TOTAL ELECTORAL VOTES: 171

8:30
Arkansas (6)
TOTAL ELECTORAL VOTES: 6

9:00
Arizona (10)
Colorado (9)
Kansas (6)
Louisiana (9)
Michigan (17)
Minnesota (10)
Nebraska (5)
New Mexico (5)
New York (31)
North Dakota (3)
Rhode Island (4)
South Dakota (3)
Texas (34)
Wisconsin (10)
Wyoming (3)
TOTAL ELECTORAL VOTES: 159

10:00
Iowa (7)
Montana (3)
Nevada (5)
Utah (5)
TOTAL ELECTORAL VOTES: 20

11:00
California (55)
Hawaii (4)
Idaho (4)
Oregon (7)
Washington (11)
TOTAL ELECTORAL VOTES: 81

1:00
Alaska (3)
TOTAL ELECTORAL VOTES: 3

From the towns of Dixville Notch and Hart’s Location, New Hampshire (with a combined population of 115), traditionally the first towns to vote on Election Day when the polls open at midnight.

Dixville Notch
McCain – 6
Obama – 15
Nader – 0

Hart’s Location
McCain – 10
Obama – 17
Nader – 0
Paul – 2

Thus begins today’s great exercise in democracy.

Update: According to Josh Marshall, this is the second time a Democratic candidate has won Dixville Notch since the midnight voting tradition began in 1948. The first was Hubert Humphrey in 1968.

Not a good outlook for McCain. Never in a million years did I think my projections would be more conservative than Karl Rove’s.

I don’t wanna be sedated.

These should keep you busy watching the returns come in tomorrow.

Five Thirty Eight
CNN Political Ticker
Daily Kos
Huffington Post
Marc Ambinder
Politico
Talking Points Memo
The Caucus
The Page

I and many of my friends and colleagues in the press been watching this campaign for two years and it all comes down to tomorrow. Amazing how it all went by so fast. Take some time to relax, get some rest, and savor the moment. Tomorrow is going to be a long day.

“In a globalized world, America’s president can shape lives worldwide. He is our president, too.”
Constanze Stelzenmüller, director of the Berlin office of the German Marshall Fund