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No surprise - but AP is now reporting that North Carolina has been declared for Obama.

364 electoral votes is a nice number. It sings.


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Not bad at all. The one that impresses me is IN, I guess, but NC was a good pickup.

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And...because I believe in "cashing in" on every last bit of political capital, it's now a 7% spread in the national popular vote. Very nice.

Franken's within 236 votes too...before the mandatory recount.


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Rspaight wrote:
Not bad at all. The one that impresses me is IN, I guess, but NC was a good pickup.


Yeah, Indiana was a nice take. I felt good for bartcop too. Although he's located in the state (i.e. Oklahoma) that I half-jokingly refer to as the collectively most racist in the nation (my apologies to any of our fine board members who may live there), I believe his home state is Indiana. He had this great zinger on his site:

"Do you know how racist Indiana is?

When Oklahoma holds a KKK rally, we import Fascist dog KKK bastards from Indiana
because the local Okie Fascist dogs just don't have that KKK panache, that swagger."


In some ways, Indiana is also an extension of the same western Ohio farmers who, sadly, put Bush over the top in '04. So, I took some solace myself in that. Thank goodness for Gary, IN.

Of course, I'll just add that Oklahoma had the "distinction" of being the state with McCain's largest majority in the nation (66%). Conversely, next to D.C., Hawaii was the state with Obama's largest winning majority (72%).

My only real disappointment in the big race was not flipping Missouri. The only swing state in play that we didn't grab. I felt especially bad because I have a friend who lives there, and she desperately wanted it to go our way. It even looked like it might at various points throughout the night. We were following the ticker on CNN and during one point at the 99th percent mark, we got within 380 votes! Oh well...it just wasn't meant to be. Can't win 'em all.

Still an amazing night for us Democrats.


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http://www.madison.com/tct/opinion/editstaging/313279

"Late returns tipped a few more Wisconsin counties Obama's way, giving him 59 to just 13 counties - mostly in the Milwaukee suburbs and exurban areas - to McCain.

It is possible to draw am Obama blue line from Lake Superior in the north to the Illinois line in the south, and from the Mississippi in the west to Lake Michigan in the east.

That's a lot of blue. In fact, the state hasn't looked so Democratic in 44 years - not since Lyndon Johnson won all but three counties back in 1964, when he beat another Arizonan named Barry Goldwater."

I don't think it is online, but *every* precinct in Dane county went for Obama. IIRC, Madison was something like 80% and Dane county as a whole was 73%.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/president/33840019.html

WI county by county history:

http://www.jsonline.com/news/president/33703659.html

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Well, other than Lexington, Louisville, and few counties in the east (very lightly populated), Kentucky was very red. Some doofuses hung an effigy of Obama on UK's campus just before the election, so that's what we're up against.

Shame we couldn't get rid of McConnell, but Lunsford was hardly a compelling candidate so I don't feel too bad about it.

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364 electoral votes is a nice number. It sings.


Obama got the electoral vote from Omaha's congressional district, for a final total of 365.

I can live with that number, too.

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Rspaight wrote:
Obama got the electoral vote from Omaha's congressional district, for a final total of 365.

I can live with that number, too.


EDIT: Question deleted. I read it as "Obama"...not Omaha...lol!

(365 does indeed have an even nicer ring to it. Very cyclical!)


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On the subject of Missouri, I'll just add that this will only be the second time in the last 104 years that the voters of that state didn't side with the winner! That is, once it's inevitably certified for McCain.

That in itself is pretty amazing.


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You guys following this Stevens/Begich saga today? They've started counting the absentee ballots and Begich is now up...by *3* votes. More counting to continue!


EDIT: As of late night Wednesday, Begich has increased his lead to 814 votes.


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Begich wins Alaska. That's 58 seats now - including the two Indys that caucus with us.

There's also been some pretty interesting analysis by a few pundits on why Franken should stand a decent chance in the recount, in terms of how ballot intent is uniquely treated in Minnesota and why it may play out in his favor.


Then, there's Georgia...


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