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CNN Turns Virginia Blue

Updated 4:51 p.m.
By Howard Kurtz
At 4:01 Eastern Daylight Time today, CNN put Barack Obama over the top.

According to the network's map, he now has 277 electoral votes.

"A real stunner," Wolf Blitzer said.

The "Breaking News" moment came about when correspondent John King turned Virginia blue on the color-coded map, moving it from the tossup category to an Obama state. The commonwealth hasn't gone Democratic in a presidential race since 1964.

"As of today," King said, "if nothing else changes ... Barack Obama would have enough electoral votes to be the president of the United States."

At this point, we feel compelled to remind Trail readers that no one has voted yet. Well, some people have participated in early voting, but Election Day is still scheduled for Nov. 4.

Political Director Sam Feist says the call was based on a new CNN poll giving Obama a 53 to 43 percent lead over John McCain in Virginia. He said his team also looks at such factors as ad spending, candidate visits and staffing in each state. Based on the new polling, CNN also changed New Jersey's status, from leaning to Obama to "safe" for the Democratic nominee.

CNN is not totally out on a limb; MSNBC's map has Obama at 264 electoral votes. In that tally, Virginia's 13 votes remain a toss-up. The Fox News map gives Obama 228 votes.

Feist says the call means only that Obama is "likely" to win the blue states on CNN's map and that Virginia, for instance, "could go back to tossup tomorrow" if the polling changes. So there's still a reason to pay attention for the next 20 days.

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 15, 2008; 4:36 PM ET
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Comments

I've already voted, and that's one for Obama. I don't think McCain can pull out our state at this point.

Posted by: julieannecooper | October 18, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that the debate spin from CNN and FOX were so different. Seems to me that the media is acting as cheerleaders for their chosen candidate. This leads me to believe that it's still a tossup.

Posted by: ModerateMan | October 16, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that the debate spin from CNN and FOX were so different. Seems to me that the media is acting as cheerleaders for their chosen candidate. this leads me to believe that it's still a tossup.

Posted by: ModerateMan | October 16, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

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Check my blog for pics/vid of Obama supporters at political rallies calling Sarah Palin a c@nt! Also, T-shirts with that slogan being promoted at his website!

http://mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/2008/10/obama-supporters-calling-sarah-palin.html

Posted by: dcpsychic"

What, did John McCain patent the term so it could only be used about Cindy?

Posted by: thrh | October 16, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

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Check my blog for pics/vid of Obama supporters at political rallies calling Sarah Palin a c@nt! Also, T-shirts with that slogan being promoted at his website!

http://mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/2008/10/obama-supporters-calling-sarah-palin.html

Posted by: dcpsychic"

When a campaign resorts to pornography, it's not sad; it's hilarious!

Congratulations, McCain supporters: a new low in poor taste!

You sure it's not "dcpsychotic"?

Posted by: thrh | October 16, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

"

Check my blog for pics/vid of Obama supporters at political rallies calling Sarah Palin a c@nt! Also, T-shirts with that slogan being promoted at his website!

http://mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/2008/10/obama-supporters-calling-sarah-palin.html

Posted by: dcpsychic"

I'll be glad to do it, dcpsychic. Got nude pix, too? Or is this just a tease?

Posted by: thrh | October 16, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Man, this is a great election. The Democrats are going to clean up, and many of those 1994 Revolutionaries are going to be back on the street. Not a good time to be unemployed, boys! Of course, that is counting chickens pre-hatching, and there could always be some October Surprise.

Posted by: harkish | October 16, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

(The mainstream media hasn't pick up on this story in Alaska.)

Majority say Legislature should act against Palin

by Channel 2 News staff
Thursday, October 9, 2008

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- In a poll conducted by Channel 2 News, respondents were asked whether or not the Alaska Legislature should take action against Gov. Palin in light of the abuse of power report.

Here is the official question and results.

Should the Legislature take action against Gov. Sarah Palin for her abuse of power laid out in Stephen Branchflower's investigation?

Yes 66 %

No 34 %

All polls conducted by Channel 2 News and KTUU.com are unscientific

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 15, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Its only been five weeks and Palin is still being vetted. (Most of the people who know her are from Alaska. The mainstream media is falling behind on keeping us up to date.)


Palin has checkered history on ethics issues


Associated Press - October 14, 2008 9:04 PM ET

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Sarah Palin, whose reformer image took a hit in a report concluding she abused her powers as Alaska Governor to settle a family score, has skirted state ethics rules before for personal benefit.

According to an Associated Press review of records, Palin also used her office to help friends and supporters.

Palin's first try at statewide office, after six years as mayor of Wasilla, was an unsuccessful run for lieutenant governor in 2002. City records show she improperly used her City Hall office and equipment to raise money.

She pummeled opponents for giving oil companies and other businesses too much control of state government. Yet as governor, she appointed the founder of an engineering firm that received $6.8 million in state business as head of the transportation department.

Also, she has accepted dozens of gifts worth tens of thousands of dollars since taking office, including two free trips last year that she failed to report on disclosure forms despite criticizing state legislators for the gifts they take.

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 15, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Check my blog for pics/vid of Obama supporters at political rallies calling Sarah Palin a c@nt! Also, T-shirts with that slogan being promoted at his website!

http://mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/2008/10/obama-supporters-calling-sarah-palin.html

Posted by: dcpsychic | October 15, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Count me out, too. manolete.

The Sarah Palin nomination is a insult to the real hard working, independent thinking, and intelligent women in this country.

Posted by: Pam03 | October 15, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

HEY WOMEN VOTERS (and Men) Take a look at Palins executive experience as Gov. in Alaska.

Alaska crime rates higher than U.S. average; violence on rise
Anchorage has a big city problem

Research by JAMES HALPIN

(Published: October 10, 2007)
Violent crime rates in Anchorage were up by nearly a quarter last year, and Alaska had the nation's seventh-highest rate of violence, according to the FBI's new Uniform Crime Report.

Throughout the state, the rate was up almost 9 percent.

What's going on in the last frontier?

"I don't think there's one particular answer," said Walt Monegan, state commissioner of public safety.

The spike could be temporary, he said. It could be because of criminals cycling out of prison. Or it could reflect reporting by more people carrying cell phones.

In Anchorage, with a violent crime rate that is double the national average, the increase might be due to a rise in youth and gang violence last year, Monegan said.

Statewide, property crimes were slightly down, as were forcible rapes. But the rape rate was double the national average, in keeping with Alaska's long-standing trend

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 15, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama 3 for 3 for debates

by the way Rhee does support charter schools

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 15, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Moron Con Econ WMD Terrorist OLD Adulterer War Criminal Corrupt McLobbyist & the Born Again Killer Retard are DONE!!!

Posted by: mawt | October 15, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Count me out manolete.

Posted by: SarahBB | October 15, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

//Virginia will stay Red. It's only the liberals in Northern Va. voting for Socialism through Obama.//

Yeah, just like your maccacca senator kept his seat.

Posted by: SarahBB | October 15, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Virginia will stay Red. It's only the liberals in Northern Va. voting for Socialism through Obama.

Posted by: airslie51 | October 15, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

WOMEN OF AMERICA UNITE!
UNITE AGAINST THE SEXIST MEDIA AND BARACK HUSSEIN’S MUGGING OF VICE PRESIDENT, SARAH PALIN!

Women must unite against the liberal media vicious, sexist, cruel, demeaning, contemptuous UN-AMERICAN, unfair, unprofessional, unrelenting and blatantly biased treatment against Vice President Sarah Palin and acting blatantly in favor of Barack Hussein Obama during this unprecedented historic quest for the presidency!

Barack Hussein Obama claims a mightier throne, one forged in liberal ideals of justice and equality and hope, BUT he has benefited mightily from sexism in this campaign, and has remained silent. Obama supporters seem very happy with the sexist way pundits and some news organizations treat any action or statement by Sarah Palin, and many believe that most of the "venom" in the campaign is coming from supporters of Obama.

WOMEN OF AMERICA UNITE IN THIS DEFINING MOMENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY. To ensure we can grow up from the male dominated government that has caused many of the problems our country is facing; to a country where men and women are equal partners in governance.

WOMEN OF AMERICA UNITE!
UNITE AGAINST THE SEXIST MEDIA AND BARACK HUSSEIN’S MUGGING OF VICE PRESIDENT, SARAH PALIN!
VOTE FOR MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: Manolete | October 15, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I think it is simple - America trumps the Republican Party. Many are starting to get this. Buckley gets it but the Party does not - especially people like Rush and de Rothchilds. It is so imbued in its own Propaganda, in its own sense of superiority and self righteousness, that it has lost its way.

The Party seems to have a Maoist sentiment of being the ruling party. Despite the dissent of most of the Nation. Republicans need to seize the levers of the Party, tear it down and rebuild from the grass roots up. Its ownership is too centered in selfish ideological hands and its philosophy has gone too right wing.

I believe that Republicans do not have a lock on conservatism - indeed, Obama knows that you need to be fiscally conservative to be more socially liberal. Otherwise it does not add up. Obama and the Democrats also understand you can't let the Foxes run the Hen Houses, and certainly not under self policing policies. And certainly not with limits on liability if they eat all the Hens and can't replace them when caught.

Republicans today do not understand the concept of collective. This is mostly because they are the ones that are benefiting from survival of the fittest ideas and the "ownership" society. They have the money, the power and they view and work politics to maintain it. They think they are entitled and they do not have to pay more than lip service to social (collective) policies.

Just give the masses a wind up toy, dressed and talkin' just like them. That will keep the masses happy, while Republicans and cronies eat the Hens. Of course, when the Hens are noticed missing, it will be someone else' fault. Probably the Democrats somehow, it does not matter how, or someone in Iraq. No wait, it might be Putin, or possibly its Castro, no wait he's almost dead, okay then, Chavez ...... Or maybe that Muslim Arab Obama...... And so the idiocy goes........

And liberals are not socialists - a word that has been sullied by dictators and megalomaniacs. Theirs is a false concept, used for selfish gain. There is no stronger Nation than one with a well run economic engine (fairly and sensibly regulated and built on morally sound incentive systems for its operators), and a collective advancement and support system for its members.

Republicans know that you don't send into battle men without protection and weapons, men untrained or uneducated on the use of weapons. And, you don't win the battle or the war by leaving your compatriots unprotected. You certainly don't leave the weakened and wounded behind. If this is heroic in the battlefields of war, why not so in the battlefields of life?

America is indeed headed for a brighter future with Obama than with McCain.

Posted by: paulstewart | October 15, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

sensible said:
"In Fairfax County, satellite location polling places were open for in person absentee voting at 1 pm today"

Fairfax County! That's where I grew up. I hear though, from McCain's brother, that it's full of communists now!

- John in CA

Posted by: fid4wp | October 15, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Americans need to come to grips with the politics behind polling itself, the relative legitimacy of certain polls vs. others and the mainstream media's attempt to always make things look closer than it is so that people will remain tuned in for all of their breaking news. My advice, check out "Pollocracy" and also "www.electoral-vote.com"

Posted by: LondonInNY | October 15, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JamesRaider | October 15, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

TIME FOR A RADICAL CHANGE IN THE ELECTORAL PROCESS

Taxpayers deserve independent representation with teeth. NOT suppliant gofers taking orders from special interests.

Posted by: JamesRaider | October 15, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I am nowhere near celebrating yet, no matter how good things look for Obama/Biden and strong Democratic control of the House and Senate. In fact, I won't REALLY start celebrating until all the votes have been counted in November, the Electoral College has formally voted in December, the Inauguration speech given and family Obama safe and sound in the White House in January.

It's still 20 long days until the election. Anything can happen right up to and including election day.

And there are too many crazies with guns and really bad attitudes out there. I voted for the first time in 1968, and I haven't forgotten what happened to Bobby Kennedy that year, moments after he clinched the Democratic nomination.

But if everything goes the way it's looking like now, on January 21st you'll be able to hear my shout of happiness from California to Maine!

Posted by: wkorn | October 15, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

It's not exactly true that no one has voted yet. A lot of people have voted. In Fairfax County, satellite location polling places were open for in person absentee voting at 1 pm today, and the reports I have been hearing is that turnout is very heavy.

Posted by: sensible | October 15, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Whoo, hooo, hooo! Now show up and vote Virginia!

Posted by: SarahBB | October 15, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

See a McCain rally go bad, Booing and People leaving. A song Hank Williams sang was vulgar and offended some. Heres the clip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPOpP89oMik

Who won the Best Palin Impersonator Contest? Not Tina Fey. See Clip.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMebGbcC2Sg

Posted by: pastor123 | October 15, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Still volunteering, sending money, and voting - I will believe it when I see it. But, wow...

Posted by: LABC | October 15, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

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