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Market Rallies While Waiting For New Leader

The stock market has now closed, hours ahead of polling places across the country.

Today was a record-setting Election Day on Wall Street. The market posted 3.3 percent growth, which surpassed the previous Election Day record of 1.8 percent, set in 1984 when Reagan won a second presidential term, according to the Wall Street Journal. Read the full story

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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)

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BLOG: Calling All Coffee Drinkers

Check out this coffee related Election Day story from Slate.com

‘Starbucks is halting its much-publicized plan to give voters free coffee today. It turns out that offering “gifts” constitutes a felony under election law in many states. In Georgia, for example, “Any person who gives or receives, or offers to give or receive, or participates in the giving or receiving of money or gifts for the purpose of registering as a voter, voting, or voting for a particular candidate in any primary or election shall be guilty of a felony” (via the Atlanta Journal Constitution). But the coffee chain has found a way to foil the election Grinches—they’re extending the freebie to everyone who orders a tall brewed coffee. Alas, no caramel lattes. … 10:50 a.m.’ Read the full story

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BLOG: A New Battleground State

Battleground not as in red/blue, but as in yay/nay. Those on either side of California’s decision to constitutionally ban gay marriage have pulled out their wallets.

As of Monday, spending on Prop 8 in California had exceeded $73 million, according to an AP story.

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BLOG: NBA Star Supports Voting… for Obama

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Houston Rockets All-Star Tracy McGrady and recent NBA champion Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics are going to wear special red, white and blue Adidas sneakers tonight when their teams face off at 5:30 p.m. The shoes are also decorated with stars and stripes.

McGrady’s sneakers will be emblazoned with the words “Change is Needed,” which the player admits is an endorsement of Obama.

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BLOG: Very Superstitious

Apparently the presidential hopefuls are not without their superstitions. The New York Daily News published an article detailing the various Election Day good luck charms and traditions of both candidates.

Sen. John McCain has almost as many good luck charms as there are swing states, “ranging from a trusty compass to a feather, pen, blue sweater, shoes and penny.”

Sen. Barack Obama will wear an eagle pin and carry around a small charm of a Hindu monkey god.

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BLOG: Here we go again?

Many people voted early (CNN estimated more than 30 million), many out of fear of foul play or breakdowns at the polling places. CNN has set up a “Voter Hotline,” and they encourage those who have problems voting to call and have their voice heard.

As of about 9:45 a.m., the network reported that 22,000 people had already called to complain, many saying they had received calls, e-mails or text messages telling them that voting was postponed until Wednesday.

We’d like to remind our readers that no matter what anyone says, Election Day is TODAY and only today.

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BLOG: And We’re Off…

One of the most anticipated elections in recent memory is finally here, so we encourage all of our readers to go out and vote, then check our website throughout the day for updates about both local and national races.

We’ll be updating the national election buzz here all day (and into tomorrow if necessary).

The candidates made sure their votes were counted, as Sens. Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin all went to the polling places and voted this morning. Yahoo! News has the story from the AP here.

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