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Americans Are Excited, Nervous After Obama’s Historic Victory

November 5, 2008

According to Reuters, Americans woke up this morning with joy, optimism and some worry after the historic victory by Democrat Barack Obama, who went from long shot to president-elect on the promise of change.

From the article:

Just hours after Obama’s victory speech to thousands of cheering supporters in Chicago, ordinary Americans headed to work clutching coffees and carrying newspapers that proclaimed Obama’s place in history as the first black U.S. president.

“I’m excited. It’s a huge step in the right direction,” nurse Kim Andrews said as she headed to her hospital job in Cincinnati’s dawn.

Obama rode a wave of voter discontent to triumph over Republican John McCain, while his fellow Democrats won increased majorities in Congress, as Americans emphatically rejected Republican President George W. Bush’s eight years in office.

Andrews, 23, said she cried as she watched Obama’s victory on television late on Tuesday night, amazed that America had taken such a great step in its long and troubled racial history.

“It shows that anyone can do anything,” Andrews said.

Detroit media publisher Brian Boyle was equally thrilled.

“I feel much better about the world today than I did yesterday, I think the world feels much better about our country today than they did yesterday. It was a really amazing night,” said Boyle, 43.

“I just think Barack is really uniquely qualified to go out and build bridges and build an alliance of world leaders that are committed to making the world better,” he added.

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My Prediction: Obama Over McCain…But Just Barely…

November 4, 2008

I’m going to make this short and simple. My prediction is as follows:

Barack Obama: 302 Electoral Votes

John McCain: 234 Electoral Votes

I think it’s going to be much closer than people think but Obama will edge McCain by just over 40 electoral votes.

Key Obama wins: Pennsylvania, Virginia, Nevada, Colorado and Ohio

Key McCain wins: Florida, North Carolina, Indiana and Missouri.

Thoughts?

“I Voted” Stickers Bring Discounts Across The Country Today

November 4, 2008

Don’t throw away that sticker! I didn’t! It could be worth a free hamburger, Starbucks coffee or other discounts today across the country.

From the Los Angeles Times:

To encourage people to vote, several businesses — including restaurants, coffee shops, salons and bars — are doling out freebies and discounts on election day, despite some concerns about whether such promotions are legal.

“We can’t guarantee that your candidate of preference will win on Nov. 4,” said Chef Ron Rupocinski of Krispy Kreme, which will give out star-shaped doughnuts to customers at select locations. “But we can guarantee that your right to voice your choice will be rewarded with a patriotic doughnut that will remind you just how tasty freedom really is.”

The “I Voted” sticker will be good for a free appetizer at most Daily Grill restaurants, a bottle of Jones Soda or draft beer at Pitfire Pizza locations in downtown Los Angeles and North Hollywood, and 50% off services at Cristophe salons, which include shops in Beverly Hills and Newport Beach.

“It’s such an important, crucial election,” said owner Cristophe Schatteman, whose clients have included Bill Clinton.

From BizJournals.com:

Coffee, doughnuts and ice cream are being offered up in election day giveaways by Starbucks Coffee Inc., Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. and Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Holdings Inc.

But Starbucks’ giveaway may violate state and federal laws because it specifically targets voters, according to the attorney general of Washington state.

Seattle-based Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) said it is giving away a free “tall” 12-ounce cup of coffee to anyone who votes.

Winston Salem, N.C.-based Krispy Kreme (NYSE: KKD) is giving away star-shaped doughnuts and Vermont-based Ben & Jerry’s is offering free scoops of its ice cream Tuesday. But those companies aren’t requiring people to say they voted to get their treats.

Despite the alleged election law problem, a spokesman for the Washington state AG said the office didn’t plan to press charges, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Undervotes Reported in Florida

November 4, 2008

Well, here we go again down in Florida. Where’s the hanging chad?  Reports are stating that there are problems at a couple of polling stations in Palm Beach County, Florida, where they are seeing “undervotes”. This occurs when voting machines reject ballots because voters are not filling out the second page of the ballot, a spokesman for the county Board of Elections confirmed.

From CNN:

The spokesman said these undervotes are legal. The scanner spits the ballot back and reminds the voter to vote on the second page, the spokesman said, adding that the voter then has the choice of voting or registering the undervote.

He said in some cases people simply forget to fill out the second page, but most voters seem to be intentionally skipping that part of the ballot.

The town of Palm Beach is also reporting minor sporadic voter machine failures, the spokesman said. A handful of machines had to be replaced.

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.

Barack Obama Formally Becomes Democratic Party Nominee

August 28, 2008

From the New York Times:

Senator Barack Obama, the Hawaiian-born son of a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas, officially become the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party on Wednesday, capping a meteoric rise from a little-known first-term Senator to the first African-American to win a major party nomination.

Mr. Obama’s formal nomination was secured at 6:48p.m. local time on the third day of the Democratic National Convention here, as his primary season rival, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, moved that Mr. Obama be nominated by acclamation.

Still, the formal nomination of Mr. Obama will not completely end the drama that has driven the Obama and Clinton camps and provided a consuming story line of this convention. At 7 p.m. local time, former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to address the convention, whose theme for Wednesday is foreign policy and a tribute to the military, giving the Clintons two nights of prominence at this high-profile event.

A draft of Mr. Clinton’s speech will be sent to the Obama campaign Wednesday afternoon, a Clinton aide said. Mr. Obama has said in recent days that the former president free to talk about whatever subject he chooses, though he has been granted only 10 minutes of podium time (though that might change). Mr. Clinton’s aides said he intends to deliver an impassioned plea for Democratic unity and an end to what he will characterize as the fiscal and foreign policy disasters of the Bush administration.

Earlier today, New York Senator Hillary Clinton released her delegates, allowing those who had been pledged to her to vote for whomever they choose in a roll call vote later today.

From CNN:

Clinton engaged in a bitter primary battle with Barack Obama until the last contest in June before conceding. On Tuesday night, she delivered the headline address to the party’s convention in Denver, which was intended to heal any rift that the contentious campaign had caused.

Clinton told the delegation that she had waited to address them in one place so she could address them all before releasing them.

“It is traditional that we have nominations, that we have a roll call, that we have candidates who look for ways to make sure we come out of here ready to win in November,” she said. “As part of that tradition, I am here today to release you as my delegates.”

Controversy has surrounded the role of Clinton’s nearly 1,700 pledged delegates. Last month, she said allowing them to cast a vote for her in a roll call at the convention could provide a “catharsis.”

Clinton said Wednesday she signed her ballot for Obama.

Tonight will be a historic night in our country and it will be interesting to see if the Democrats can now band together to defeat John McCain in the November election. Polls currently show the race in a dead heat and I’m sure that it will remain tight until Election Day. Thoughts?

American Idol Adds Fourth Judge

August 25, 2008

It was announced today that grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi is joining American Idol as a judge for its eighth season which begins in January 2009. DioGuardi has written songs for artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Santana and Faith Hill.

From the Associated Press:

Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi will sit alongside Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson when the eighth season of “American Idol” premieres in January, the Fox network said Monday.

“For the past seven seasons, Paula has had to endure the experience of being the only woman at the judges’ table,” said Mike Darnell, president, alternative programming of Fox, in a statement.

“With Kara by her side, Paula has some backup and now there is going to be a lot more `girl power’ on the show,” Darnell said.

“We are turning the heat up on `Idol’ this year and are thrilled to welcome Kara to the judges’ table,” said creator and executive producer Simon Fuller in a statement. “She is a smart, sassy lady, and one of America’s most successful songwriters. We know she will bring a new level of energy and excitement to the show.”

I’m not really a huge fan of the show, except for the season when Carrie Underwood performed, but it is definitely a pop culture phenomenon. Let’s hope that the addition of DioGuardi will help ease the load on Ms. Abdul. Thoughts?