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McCain Aides Don’t Believe He Can Win

November 5, 2008

It’s beginning to set in that Senator John McCain might not be the next President of the United States in the GOP camp. CNN is reporting that senior aides to the Arizona senator are growing pessimistic about his chances.

From CNN:

According to CNN’s latest projections, Obama has 207 electoral votes and McCain has 135.

In order to win the presidential election, a candidate needs 270 electoral votes.

When asked if they saw a path to victory, two senior McCain aides said no.

Polls are closed in the key battleground states of Florida, North Carolina and Virginia, but the races there are too close to call.

CNN earlier projected that Obama will win Ohio, a key battleground state with 20 electoral votes.

No Republican has won the White House without winning Ohio. Going into the election, polls showed Obama with a 3-point lead there.

Obama and McCain are running a tight race in Indiana as results are tallied in the battleground state.

With about 85 percent of precincts reporting, McCain held a slim lead in the state.


Voting Maching Breakdowns, Problems Reported in Key States

November 4, 2008

Voters are already running into problems casting ballots this morning in scattered locations around the country including Florida, Ohio and Virginia, three of the most important states in the 2008 Presidential Election.

From CNN:

People called the CNN Voter Hotline to report irregularities at their precincts, including late poll openings, long lines, and broken or not enough voting machines.

Other callers reported brisk and efficient voting as millions across the United States cast their ballots in the presidential race as well as many House and Senate contests.

In Kansas City, Missouri, iReport contributor Jessie Sargent said she had been waiting in line for three hours because precincts had received the wrong voter registration lists.

“I was there at 5 a.m. and was eighth in line,” Sargent said. “I got up to the table, and they realized they had the wrong books. After swapping books, they [thought] that they still had the wrong books but later figured that the pages were in the wrong order.

“There have been quite a few people leaving because of work and school, and they have no provisional ballots or books to sign in to.”

In Shaker Heights, Ohio, just outside Cleveland, the first few voters at one precinct received ballots that were missing the presidential race.

“The first four voters [at that location] were given the wrong ballots. Those ballots were voided, and the four voters were given the correct ballots,” said Kimberly Bartlett, a spokeswoman for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Voting machine malfunctions and other problems were exacerbating long lines at polling places in several key battlegrounds as voting got underway on the East Coast and in the Midwest this morning, election monitors reported.

There have already been breakdowns in Philadelphia, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, according to reports gathered by the Election Protection Coalition, a cooperative effort by more than dozen voting rights groups.

All three cities were high on the list of expected hot spots where problems were feared.

The coalition, which by 9:30 a.m. EST had received nearly 11,000 reports of problems, has also fielded complaints about polling places not opening on time in Virginia, where long lines have been predicted for weeks.

I Voted Today…Did You?

November 4, 2008

I can say now that I happily casted my vote about 30 minutes ago. This is quite possibly the most important election in our history and I made sure that my voice was heard.

I’m not afraid to say who and what I voted for: Barack Obama for President

I also took part in the vote on California ballot measures:

No on Proposition 2

No on Proposition 4

and No on Proposition 8.

There were many decisions that will have a great impact on this country, and on the State of California this year. I’ve told others, if you don’t vote, don’t complain! I hope everyone out there, no matter who or what you are voting for, gets out and votes. Have your voice heard! Now, it’s time to sit back and wait for the election results.

From Yahoo!:

If Americans cast their ballots in a manner consistent with Monday’s final state poll averages, Obama would win 338 electoral votes, far surpassing the 270 needed to win the presidency. Don’t bank on it though. People may not cast their votes the way the polls predict and that makes this race a lot less of a sure thing than most people are saying.

Here’s a quick recap of what the state poll averages looked like as of Monday night for the big-get states, the swing states and the states that are surprisingly in play.

The Big Three

Pennsylvania: Obama + 7.6
Democrats have carried this state worth 21 electoral votes for the past four elections. But the big story here is that John McCain has significantly closed what was once a double-digit point deficit in the poll average.

Florida: Obama + 1.8
Twenty-seven electoral votes at stake make this an important state to win for McCain. He has been ahead here for the majority of the election season. Obama took the lead at the end of September, but the margin has never been consistent. The last Mason-Dixon poll says it’s too close to call.

Ohio: Obama +3.2
The state that decided it in 2004 gets some of the spotlight again because of its large electoral vote offering (20) and its capacity to swing.  Who wins this state might depend on which voters decide to stick out the wait in the long voting lines.

Toss-up states

Indiana: McCain +1.4
This state will be an early indicator of how the night will play out since its polls close first.  If Obama flips this traditionally red state, the rest of the night looks really bad for McCain. But the most recent polls show McCain ahead.

Virginia: Obama + 4.3
The Virginia polls are one of the biggest stories in this election. If Obama wins this state (and a collection of western states), the 13 electoral votes it offers become Obama’s route to 270 if McCain wins the Big Three.

The Western swing states

Colorado: Obama +5.5
Big crowds and a series of good poll numbers make this state look like one Obama can flip back to blue.  The last time Colorado voted Democratic for a president was in 1992.

Nevada: Obama +6.2
Nevada was red during the Bush years and blue during the Clinton years.  Obama took the lead in polling in early October and has held the lead since.

New Mexico: Obama +7.3
This state has been shockingly close in the last two elections.  Al Gore won in 2000 by less than 1,000 votes.

From CNN:

John McCain and his aides are still banking on a come-from-behind victory Tuesday, but the GOP’s most famous political strategist has already called the race for Barack Obama.

Karl Rove, the man widely credited with engineering President Bush’s two successful White House bids, is predicting the Illinois senator will take the White House in an Electoral College landslide, winning 338 votes to John McCain’s 200. That would be the largest Electoral College victory since 1996, when Bill Clinton defeated Bob Dole in a 379-159 rout.

Saxophonist For Dave Matthews Band Dies

August 20, 2008

Saxophonist LeRoi Moore, one of the founding members of the Virginia-based Dave Matthew Band, died Tuesday afternoon at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Gregg DeGuire/

Credit: Gregg DeGuire/

From the Associated Press:

He was initially hospitalized in late June after the accident on his farm outside Charlottesville, Va. He had recently returned to his Los Angeles home to begin physical rehabilitation when complications forced him back into the hospital July 17.

It was not immediately clear what the complications were.

From E! Online:

Moore, who suffered a punctured lung and broken ribs at the time, had not performed with DMB since his accident, but had returned to L.A.—where the band is performing tonight at Staples Center—to begin an “intensive physical rehabilitation program,” according to a statement released by DMB, which also said that Moore’s fellow bandmates are “deeply saddened” by the loss.

The band’s website is currently set up in homage to its late saxophonist, with its home page reading, “In memory of LeRoi Moore…1961-2008.”

Mat Szwajkos / Getty Images

Credit: Mat Szwajkos / Getty Images

The Dave Matthews Band was formed in Charlottesville in 1991 by Matthews, drummer Carter Beauford and Moore, an established saxophonist in the local music scene. The group went ahead with a scheduled show Tuesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.