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BLOG: Next President Decided by Dinner Time?

There is a chance that the 2008 presidential election could be decided by just after 7 p.m. tonight, based on results in other states.

Although final results will trickle in throughout the night, if Obama wins the states he leads in, he’ll be within 55 electoral votes of the 270 he needs to be elected. That is a significant figure because California’s 55 electoral votes will almost certainly go to Obama, based on poll numbers and past election results. (California has gone blue since 1988 when George H.W. Bush took the White House)

While the South will likely vote Republican, Obama will capture many states in the Northeast. At 7 p.m. the polls will close in Iowa, Montana, Nevada and Utah.

By this time, Obama could have won Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, New York, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Washington D.C. He leads in all those states and their 219 electoral votes would virtually clinch the presidency for him.

If McCain wins Pennsylvania or Ohio, his campaign will be in much better shape and will postpone the outcome until the West Coast results are in. If he can somehow win both states, the election will be much closer than anticipated and we may not have a winner until late tonight or tomorrow morning.

Cbsnews.com has a video with a visual breakdown of how the election could be decided earlier rather than later here.

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