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Obama's Final Swing: North Carolina


Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama holds a rally at the Univ. of North Carolina - Charlotte. (Linda Davidson / TWP)

8:28 p.m.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- His voice heavy with emotion as a tear rolled down his cheek, Sen. Barack Obama spoke publicly about his grandmother's death at the beginning of a rally here.

"I'm not going to talk about it too long, because it's hard, you know, to talk about," Obama said. He paused to collect himself, and then continued, "I want everyone to know though a little bit about her."

He described Dunham as "a very humble person, a very plain-spoken person. One of those quiet heroes we have all across America. They're not famous. Their names aren't in the newspaper. But each and every day they work hard. They look after their families. They sacrifice for their children and grandchildren. They aren't seeking the limelight. All they try to do is just do the right thing."

"And in this crowd there are a lot of quiet heroes like that," Obama continued. "That's what American's about. That's what we're fighting for."
--Shailagh Murray

6:50 p.m.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Shortly after his grandmother's death was announced, Sen. Barack Obama visited a local field office here to encourage volunteers -- and perhaps get a lift himself, as the Democratic nominee digested the grim news.

He arrived at the office to cheers from about three dozen volunteers. "This isn't a party here," he joked. "We've got more work to do." He gave a warm hug to Susan Higgins, a local volunteer and fundraiser who had been his editorial assistant at the Harvard Law Review.

Then Obama recognized M.L. Carr, the former Boston Celtics star player and coach. "It's M.L. Carr!" Obama exclaimed. Carr responded, "The next president, the next president."
            
Obama took three shots with a Nerf basketball at a net clipped to the wall. After he sank the third, he proclaimed it "a ball of hope." He called voters, wishing one a happy birthday, and telling another he was "hustling for votes because we want to win North Carolina."

During one call, volunteer Alverna Bracy, a 76-year-old African-American woman, was so overcome with emotion that she began sobbing and shuddering. Obama put his arm around her and stroked her arm while he finished the call. Later she declared, "This is the best surprise I've ever had since my babies were born."

On another call, Obama could be heard discussing his grandmother in the context of a voter's home health-care problems. He didn't mention her death.

"My grandmother was able to stay in a home all the way until recently," Obama told the caller, turning his back to the cameras. "Because she just had someone who could come in once in a while and that ends up saving a whole lot more money." And, he added, "It's a lot better for yourself and my grandmother."
--Shailagh Murray
 

Democratic presidential nomineeBarack Obama is greeted after he is introduced during a campaign rally at Veterans Memorial Arena Nov. 3, 2008 in Jacksonville, Fa. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

2:02 p.m.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One way to consider Obama's closing days is through the numbers. He is not merely barnstorming through Democratic strongholds, seeking to maximize base turnout. He also is working the electoral margins.

Take Duval County, home of Jacksonville, where Obama started the day. Democratic presidential candidates have lost this county for 20 years. But over a quarter of the population is African American.

In 2004, President Bush easily won Prince William County, Va., where Obama will hold his final campaign rally tonight. But the region has been hard-hit by the foreclosure crisis and has droves of the younger, independent-minded voters Obama has sought to win over.

On Saturday night, Obama held a rally in Springfield, Mo. -- a Republican stronghold in a deep purple battleground. But for Democrats, the formula for victory in the Show-Me State must include votes beyond St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia.

And on Sunday night, he stopped in Cincinnati. A Democratic presidential candidate hasn't won Hamilton County since Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1964. But Obama drew 30,000 people at the University of Cincinnati football stadium, a show of organizational strength that could serve him well in a tough part of the state for a Democrat to penetrate.
--Shailagh Murray

11:50 a.m.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- This is Sen. Barack Obama's final day on the campaign trail. He claims to be at peace. But his schedule suggests that he's taking no chances.

The first top today is the Sunshine State, land of the disputed recount and Supreme Court intervention that put George W. Bush in the White House eight years ago. The state lives in infamy among Democrats, and they are desperate to claim it. "We've got to win Florida," Obama implored the cheering crowd here.

Obama didn't campaign here during his nomination battle because Florida had moved up its primary date, in violation of party rules. But the late start seems to have cost him little. According to the Miami Herald, heavy South Florida voting has given Democrats an overall 331,000-vote lead in early and absentee ballots.

"We are one day, one moment, from the rebirth of our very nation," local Obama organizer DeJuana Thompson told the Jacksonville crowd. But her emotional plea took a practical turn: "Have you called every person you can think of? Some of you haven't. Push yourself a little big harder."

Later today, Obama heads to North Carolina and Virginia. North Carolina hasn't backed a Democratic presidential candidate since 1976; Virginia has voted Republican since 1964. But Obama is counting on demographic changes and economic woes to turn these Southern red states blue.

The Democratic nominee reached out to young and minority voters, the two groups that are the core of his expanded map strategy. He spoke about underwear on MTV, and reflected on the end of a 632-day journey to African-American radio host Russ Parr.

"This is like running a marathon," Obama told Parr. "On mile 20 you're tired. Mile 25, you're full of energy."

But from here on, he added, events are more or less out of his control.

"I feel pretty peaceful Russ, I've got to say," Obama continued. "It's up to the people to decide and the question is going to be who wants it more, and I hope that our supporters want it bad, because the country needs it."
--Shailagh Murray

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Huckabee voted for Obama?
http://www.youtube.com/user/charleslawlesss

Report of some states that are already decided because of early voting.
http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: pastor123 | November 4, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Ah, the last desperate, vicious words from a party in its death throes. And you can't even honestly say you fought the good fight, because you didn't.

I, for one, will truly enjoy Senator McCain's concession speech, and Mrs. Palin's even more.

Posted by: pamela18335 | November 4, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Obama's whtie grandparents served their purpose in raising and nurturing a bi-racial child in the 60's and 70's. But, Obama seemed to gravitate towards his color instead of his loved ones - finding solace in the Black Liberation Theology of Reverend Wright. Sitting 20 years in the pews, the Senator seemed only to hear barbershop banter not racist, sexist, anti-American bile. He even exposed his affluent family to Wright's hateful message.

Barack called GW Bush, "McCain's President". I wonder how many will call Obama, "the Democrat's President".

Barack has left a swath of destruction by labeling everyone else "another Bush". I for one do not trust him. And I have lived around blacks my whole life - I've seen his type come around before, promising the world and only giving us more of the same. I hope everyone feels very satisfied that they will have a black president, because he won't be any different than a white one.

Posted by: daavina | November 3, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

November 3rd, 2008 12:39 PM Eastern
I’ll Say It Again, This Election Will Be Closer Than They Think.

Polls understandably tempt journalists to suggest the race has been “clinched” by Senator Obama (as John King did recently did on CNN). — I hope such predictions won’t affect anyone’s interest in voting.

Here are my reasons for believing the race will be closer than these polls indicate:

1) According to varied professional sources with whom I have spoken, there exists a proportionally high number of potential voters who are refusing to be polled or express their opinion publicly. In a historic, high-octane race like 2008, I believe there are more reasons for a McCain supporter to stay silent than for an Obama supporter. It is understandable to imagine McCain supporters fearing labels such as “racist,” “homophobe,” “single-issue-voter,” “warmonger,” or “against change,” even if the voter is none of these.

2) Similarly, pollsters have reported higher than usual numbers of undecided voters or voters still capable of changing their minds. People know Senator McCain. Do they know Senator Obama well enough to break for him this late in the game?

3) Most importantly, in 2004, pollsters were caught by surprise by the amount of voters who left the polls saying “social issues” were most influential in determining their vote. In 2008, the media has been mostly silent on these causes, focusing instead on the economy and Iraq. This focus ignores an important reality. The “Value Voters” block of mostly Evangelicals and a good percentage of conservative Catholics and others, may indeed be wrapped up in these urgent headlines, but there is no convincing data to suggest they have inverted their voting priorities, turning away from abortion, traditional marriage, limited government, etc. If Senator Kerry’s policy proposals were enough to get this voting block to the booth, Senator Obama’s policies should bring them out in droves.

So there you have my November 3rd take.

And if I’m right and the vote is close in 2008, when the Democratic Party has every political reason to wipe out the Republicans, it will mean our country rejects major elements of Senator Obama’s plan to revolutionize important American values, beginning with the right to life. Then the Democratic Party may see the benefit of freeing itself from the stranglehold of the culture of death, forced upon it by extreme, and extremely powerful, interest groups. What a relief it would be for “Values Voters” to have a viable alternative to the very imperfect Republican Party.

And what is your November 3rd prediction?

God bless,

Father Jonathan

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

As I call it a Day-Possibly, I would like to say to the Obama Family, that I am thankful for you, that you can now get out of the Lights, and come to terms with the loss of your Relative/ Matriarch.

I am very sorry she ever had to be dragged into any Political Issues, may God Bless her, and may she Rest in Peace.

Now, to ALL the P's OS that defiled her Death Article with both sides of Political Garbage-Remember:

God Knows your Heart!

A Woman's Demise, should NOT be a Political Tool, UNLESS SHE WAS A POLITICIAN! :-(

Tomorrow will bring, what Tomorrow will bring.

Hopefully, Closure for now!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 3, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

After 30 years of voting Dem, I sent in my absentee ballot marked McCain/Palin for POTUS. In the end I had to vote for democracy. I could not vote for the least experienced candidate in our country''s history-not to mention that he took in illegal campaign funds, and hired ACORN for 800 grand to help him cheat in the democratic caucuses.
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Posted by: thejaner | November 3, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Indiana! Ohio! Pennsylvania!

This one's for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DdN4KH0kFQ

Obama! 08!

Tomorrow is the day.........

Posted by: toritto | November 3, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Is McCain ACTUALLY on the Campaign Trail Right now???

I found this picture of him in a HOSPITAL online earlier, it was up on some news site, then all of the sudden I couldn't find it again...I managed to Save it to my Photobucket Account...Does anyone know if this is REAL?

http://i479.photobucket.com/albums/rr160/thelocke/hospital-shot.jpg

Posted by: thelocke | November 3, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

"How can anyone who is not a millionaire cheer John McCain, who has said he wants to extend the tax breaks for the wealthiest instead of returning the tax for them to what it was during the Clinton administration, as Obama proposes?"
BettyW1

Betty, I know ten thousand or more coal miners in West Virginia this morning who woke up to read the Spectator and none are millionaires, yet all are questioning any support they may have had for Obama.
Bill Clinton said in 1988 that removing the cap on social secutity taxes was "regressive...no one wants to." THAT'S Exactly what Obama wants to do- it will hurt small business. Obama cleverly claims that 98% of small businesses make under 250k and therefore won't be hurt. He conveniently leaves out the fact that ALL SMALL businesses are included in his figure- EBAY sellers who work at home by themselves, for example. 50% of all small business INCOME will suffer additional heavy taxes due to Obama's unprecidented move.
His "most aggressive cap and trade policy"- his words- will put tens of thousands of coal workers out of work across the country- New Mexico, Colorado, W. Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Alabama, Kentucky, and Virginis. WHO WILL EMPLOY THESE PEOPLE? THE SMALL BUSINESSES WHO ARE BEING MORE HEAVILY TAXED?

The NY Times last week covered the horrible jobs picture in Rhode Island- 8.8% unemployment as the state with the highest cumulative business taxes-

Wake up Betty, don't cut off your nose to spite your face, by voting for Obama in order to "stick it" to Exxon/Mobile and in turn ruining the entire job creating small and medium sized business sector in our great country.

Millionaires, like Penny Pritzker and Barbara Streisand can AFFORD to support Obama Betty- we can't.


Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

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If there was a white Presidential candidate who was found to be a member of a racist church, same as the Rev. Wright's church except substitute "white values" for "black values" and visa vera, THE MEDIA WOULD BE IN TOTAL ATTACK MODE AGAINST THAT WHITE CANDIDATE.


OBAMA IS A RACIST - OBAMA GAVE $20,000.00 TO A RACIST CHURCH IN ONE YEAR.


YOU CALL THAT JUDGEMENT ???


Washington Post - there are a lot of Churches in Chicago which are black and which are not racist - Obama did not have to give $20,000.00 to this one Church - STOP GIVING OBAMA A PASS ON HIS RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


WAKE UP WASHINGTON POST WAKE UP MEDIA.


WAKE UP AMERICA.


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Exactly right he's racist. Just listen to Irreverend Wrong, his pastor for many, many years.


Exactly right he's socialist. Just listen to him admit it to Joe the Plumber, or his interviews in the past.


Exactly right he's a rotten human being. Just look at his abortion voting record.


Exactly right he has questionable judgment. Just look at his associations with people in his past.


Exactly right he's corrupt. Just look at the Rezko land deal.


Exactly right he's a liar. Just look at what he says about taxes vs. how he's actually voted.


Exactly right he has no executive experience. Just look at his resume -- or lack thereof.


Exactly right he's secretive. Just look at his lack of birth certificate, SAT scores, grades, etc. etc., etc.


Exactly right he'll be challenged in his first 6 months of office if elected. Just look at what he says about meeting unconditionally with world leaders.


We cannot be SERIOUS about electing this guy!! Obama in charge of nukes?! What. The.


Sorry George Washington, we messed everything up.


We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.


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Posted by: DorchesterAndCongress | November 3, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

It would auger a new spirit in Washington if FL and OH went for Obama. Should NC and GA do the same it would mean a new attitude by Republicans will be needed. If several among IN, ND, MT and AZ would suggest that the US is a slightly left center party.
I frankly do not know what Americas verdict will be but I hope that it will be that we are a centrist country. That is the condition where the most will get done.

Posted by: Gator-ron | November 3, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

It would auger a new spirit in Washington if FL and OH went for Obama. Should NC and GA do the same it would mean a new attitude by Republicans will be needed. If several among IN, ND, MT and AZ would suggest that the US is a slightly left center party.
I frankly do not know what Americas verdict will be but I hope that it will be that we are a centrist country. That is the condition where the most will get done.

Posted by: Gator-ron | November 3, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

It would auger a new spirit in Washington if FL and OH went for Obama. Should NC and GA do the same it would mean a new attitude by Republicans will be needed. If several among IN, ND, MT and AZ would suggest that the US is a slightly left center party.
I frankly do not know what Americas verdict will be but I hope that it will be that we are a centrist country. That is the condition where the most will get done.

Posted by: Gator-ron | November 3, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh LOL! :-D

The Look on Obasama's Face!

Man! That guy's McCain's bother!-And he's GOT ME! :-o

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 3, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

This nation is on the verge of something historic - the election of a smart, competent black man as President of the United States. If is fair to say the entire world is watching. It is also fair to say the vast majority is rooting for a Republican defeat. If you don’t believe me you clearly don’t read anything.

How did we get to this place and time? How did a freshman Senator inspire millions of voters to finance his unlikely campaign? Why is he leading in the polls? How did this happen?

Well, I’ll tell you how it happened for me.

I was one of those who had doubts about the Iraq war. I did not believe that Iraq was an imminent threat to the United States. Not that Saddam was a good guy ( he wasn’t) however there are lots of bad guys in the world who are not an imminent threat to us whom we don’t attack. We were already flying over his country everyday. There was a tight embargo. Unless he had nuclear weapons how big a threat could he be?

The Administration then lied to us about Saddam and his weaponry.. Further, it sent out a duped Colin Powell to convince us. Bush knew we would believe Colin. So the United States of America, beacon of liberty, attacked a third world country, destroyed its hapless military, made rubble of its infrastructure and occupied it.

Later the lies came out. There were no dangerous weapons. Just fudged intelligence.

The Dems swept into control of Congress in 2006. Bush’s veto could override a 51-49 majority in the Senate so the war went on. Notwithstanding every indication that the majority of Americans didn’t want this war to continue, it went on anyway with no end date. I watched as we tortured prisoners, suspended Habeas Corpus and shredded the Constitution. I watched as Bush politicized the Justice Department and placed incompetent political hacks in high office. Then came the financial collapse.

So here we are. Tens of millions of us have made this journey starting a different places for different reasons; a journey which began with a distaste and disgust with Bush to a point where we may take our country back. Tens of millions have worked hard, made whatever donations we could afford and are already voting in many states.

The whole world is rooting for us to succeed. The whole world needs an America they can look up to again.

MAKE SURE YOU VOTE!

:-)


Posted by: toritto | November 3, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

This nation is on the verge of something historic - the election of a smart, competent black man as President of the United States. If is fair to say the entire world is watching. It is also fair to say the vast majority is rooting for a Republican defeat. If you don’t believe me you clearly don’t read anything.

How did we get to this place and time? How did a freshman Senator inspire millions of voters to finance his unlikely campaign? Why is he leading in the polls? How did this happen?

Well, I’ll tell you how it happened for me.

I was one of those who had doubts about the Iraq war. I did not believe that Iraq was an imminent threat to the United States. Not that Saddam was a good guy ( he wasn’t) however there are lots of bad guys in the world who are not an imminent threat to us whom we don’t attack. We were already flying over his country everyday. There was a tight embargo. Unless he had nuclear weapons how big a threat could he be?

The Administration then lied to us about Saddam and his weaponry.. Further, it sent out a duped Colin Powell to convince us. Bush knew we would believe Colin. So the United States of America, beacon of liberty, attacked a third world country, destroyed its hapless military, made rubble of its infrastructure and occupied it.

Later the lies came out. There were no dangerous weapons. Just fudged intelligence.

The Dems swept into control of Congress in 2006. Bush’s veto could override a 51-49 majority in the Senate so the war went on. Notwithstanding every indication that the majority of Americans didn’t want this war to continue, it went on anyway with no end date. I watched as we tortured prisoners, suspended Habeas Corpus and shredded the Constitution. I watched as Bush politicized the Justice Department and placed incompetent political hacks in high office. Then came the financial collapse.

So here we are. Tens of millions of us have made this journey starting a different places for different reasons; a journey which began with a distaste and disgust with Bush to a point where we may take our country back. Tens of millions have worked hard, made whatever donations we could afford and are already voting in many states.

The whole world is rooting for us to succeed. The whole world needs an America they can look up to again.

MAKE SURE YOU VOTE!

:-)


Posted by: toritto | November 3, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Obama's campaign DID run ads in Florida during the primary and lied about that too.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 3, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Poor Elitist O'Bomba-Nation! :-(

Having to spend yet another day, talking to those Religion and Gun Clinging peons he needs to become the President of the God D'ed KKK of A Michelle barely likes!

Fortunately, in a Couple of Days, he can stop pretending to be the Person he Modified into, and go right back to all those good old things he CLAIMED to have thrown under the Bus!

Gotta wonder where Wright, Rezco, and Ayers are moving to in DC?! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 3, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Obama's campaign DID run ads in Florida during the primary and lied about that too.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 3, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

“So I have examined the words, the actions, and the experience of Senator Barack Obama. While the speeches are well written and very well delivered, I see nothing in him to give me faith that he can bring a better tomorrow. I look back to his first campaigns and see that he ran unopposed because he had his opponents–including an important mentor–disqualified on technicalites. I look back to his senatorial campaign, only two years ago, and find that his opponent’s sealed divorce records mysteriously opened. Divorce records sealed to protect small children. I see some one whose home was bought with the help of a felon. I see some one who cannot produce his own legislative records and whose voting record is made up of few decisions and accomplishments not his own, but handed to him by some one else. I see speeches with borrowed words on teleprompters. I see off teleprompter moments with mistakes made that would flunk a freshman. I see bristly, offended looks when asked tough questions. I see reporters tossed off planes when newspapers endorse other candidates. I see long term associations with folks that I would chase off if they came near my children. I’ve seen misogyny and race-baiting. I’ve seen money go to organizations breaking laws and perpetuating fraud. When I look for the simplest public records, I find nothing. I see only carefully crafted stories.”

wow
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Posted by: thejaner | November 3, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

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