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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

It’s Over — Obama in a Landslide

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 12:07 AM

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 leader’s numbers, but in those cases that’s all one needs to figure out who’s 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. I’ll 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, that’s no excuse for not voting if you haven’t done so yet. If you’re in line at 8 p.m., you’ll get to vote. We have some very important races on the local ballot, so get out there and celebrate your freedom.


More later.


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