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BLOG: View of the Election from the Middle East


Robert Underwood, an English teacher in Qatar and an American from Illinois writes about hearing the results of the presidential election in Doha, the capital city. Read the full story

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BLOG: Man’s Final Wish: Vote


KOAA News in Florida has this story (and video) about a senior who knew he had to cast his absentee ballot before undergoing a triple bypass surgery. A few days ago, Lloyd Chamberlain of Merritt Island, Fla., made sure to put his ballot in the mail on the way to the hospital. Just hours later, Chamberlain died on the operating table.

His ballot counted in last night’s election, but it may have been cast in vain: The Associated Press reports that Chamberlain voted for McCain. Florida was blue in this election for the first time this century, last voting for a Democrat in 1996.

ABC News also reports that Barack Obama’s grandmother, who died just a day before her grandson was elected the nation’s first black president, also had her vote counted. Madelyn Dunham put her absentee ballot in the mail on Oct. 27 and she helped send all four of Hawaii’s electoral votes to Obama last night. Dunham was 86.

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CNN Calls PA calls for Obama


Despite not even one percent of the vote counted, CNN gave the nod to Sen. Obama.

The projection is based on exit polls.

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SLIDE SHOW: Phone Banking gets Youth Boost


BY N’JERI EATON //

On the final day of the election, dozens of volunteers gathered at the West Contra Costa Unified Campaign office for one last push for Obama.

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BLOG: Battleground Update


Virginia, which hasn’t voted for a Democrat in at least 20 years, has been considered a possible steal for Sen. Barack Obama tonight. MSNBC reports that Obama has a huge advantage among black voters according to exit polls, getting 91 percent of the black vote in the state. Sen. John McCain has a sizeable lead among white voters, and the network has not projected a victor in the contest yet. McCain has a small lead at the moment.

Indiana is currently too close to call as well, and the network reports that McCain leads by only 3 percent. The state has 11 electoral votes up for grabs, and Obama made a last minute stop there today. It has been a red state in recent history.

Kentucky has been called for McCain, while Vermont is projected to go to Obama. Both outcomes were generally expected based on voting history and poll numbers.

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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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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: 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: 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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Catching Up With the Local Pundits


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