Archive | Election 08

BLOG: Split So Far

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sen. McCain has won in Kentucky and Sen. Obama has won Vermont.

This puts the electoral votes at three for Obama and eight for McCain.

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BLOG: Final Poll Predictions

The website FiveThirtyEight.com (538 is the number of electors in the electoral college) announces its final polling information.

Read the full post here.

In a nutshell the prediction: Obama will win the popular vote by 6 points. More importantly he will get 349 electoral college votes while McCain is expected to recieve 189 votes.

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BLOG: The Final Countdown

In case you’re hanging on the edge of your seat, here’s a handy little chart from the New York Times to figure out when you need to be in front of the tube.

Find it here.

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BLOG: Calls to Impeach Obama

Maybe they know something we don’t.

There’s already a website, and maybe even an organization behind it, that wants to impeach Obama.

Check it out at impeachObama.org.

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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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Voting at Hogan’s Garage

BY MATT DURNING //

John Hogan’s garage at 2645 Cariquinez Avenue has served as one of El Cerrito’s polling places for the past eight years. Hogan, 81, considers it an honor to be able to use his home to help facilitate democracy.

“I feel this is so important to our community.  What little I can do, I’ll do it,” Hogan said.

Read the full story

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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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