A friend of mine who is wired in at the highest levels to the Democratic Party called me at 5:45 p.m. today (Tuesday, Nov. 4, Obama Day) to give me the results of exit polls from key battleground states and some other larger states. If these exit poll numbers are anything like the final returns from those states and I must caution that exit polls have a higher margin of error than regular polls the race for president is going to be a landslide for Sen. Barack Obama.
Below are the percentages of the vote from the states my friend gave me. In some instances, he was only able to give me the leaders numbers, but in those cases thats all one needs to figure out whos winning.
Pennsylvania Obama 66, McCain 34
Massachusetts Obama 67, McCain 33
North Carolina Obama 56
New York Obama 75
New Jersey Obama 53
Florida Obama 53
New Hampshire Obama 64
Ohio Obama 58
Missouri Obama 57
Indiana Obama 56
Georgia TIED at 49 each
South Carolina McCain 50, Obama 49
Arkansas TIED at 45 each
Virginia Obama 64
As you can see, Obama is winning all the battleground states from which exit poll numbers are available, plus some traditionally Republican strongholds such as Indiana and Missouri. Again, I caution that exit polls can have large margins of error. But, these results are one-sided enough to portend a huge Obama win.
The local elections, I suspect, will be much closer. Ill be on WWL-TV with Dr. Renwick starting at 6:55 p.m. We will do five-minute cut-ins from CBS at 25 minutes and 55 minutes after each hour plus wall to wall coverage on WULP (Ch. 2 on Cox). End of shameless plug.
And just because the presidential race looks like a runaway, thats no excuse for not voting if you havent done so yet. If youre in line at 8 p.m., youll get to vote. We have some very important races on the local ballot, so get out there and celebrate your freedom.