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In a mere 56 hours, voters in Dixville Notch, NH will cast the first Election Day ballots of the 2008 contest, and in that time, John McCain will need to close a big gap among likely voters if he is to defeat Barack Obama.

In today's Washington Post-ABC News daily tracking poll, Obama holds a 53 to 44 percent lead over McCain, unchanged from yesterday, and little in the survey suggests that trimming the margin would be an easy feat.

For the first time, the slice of likely voters who report they will "definitely" vote for Obama has (by just a hair) now reached 50 percent, a milestone which George W. Bush never reached in Post-ABC tracking polls in 2004 or 2000, and the number of movable voters - those who said they could change their minds or who remain undecided - has slimmed to 7 percent.

McCain's campaigning over the past week has not convinced more voters that Obama is a risky choice, nor has he gained ground as the candidate better able to handle taxes or the economy. (Obama holds a 13-point advantage on taxes, his largest of the campaign, and a 14-point lead on the economy.) For the second time in Post-ABC polling, Obama has crossed into majority support as the candidate better able to manage an unexpected crisis.

One plus for McCain: Strong enthusiasm among his supporters has moved up a bit to 41 percent, the highest level it's been since the Republican convention, but still far behind the 68 percent of Obama supporters who are deeply enthused by his candidacy.

We've upped the sample size for the Post-ABC tracking poll for the final days, and are now interviewing around 600 likely voters each night. These far-larger-than-usual sample sizes allow for analysis of some subgroups we can't normally assess in regular polling.

Here are a few of those oft-too-small religious groups:

Jewish voters heavily favor Obama, 70 percent to 29 percent.

Younger white evangelical Protestants (under age 39) break more for McCain than do older people in that group, 85 percent to 13 percent.

Among white Catholics, however, the age break tilts in the opposite direction. Younger white Catholics (under age 35) narrowly favor Obama over McCain, 52 percent to 48 percent, while older Catholics break for McCain, 51 percent to 45 percent.

Full data from today's Post-ABC tracking poll can be found here.

                 Obama   McCain
All voters         53      44
Men                51      45
Women              55      43

18-29              66      32
30-39              53      44
40-49              51      45
50-64              51      47
65+                49      47

Democrats          89       9
Independents       48      48
Republicans        12      86

Protestants        46      52
White Protestants  36      62
Wh. evang. Prots.  21      77
Wh. non-ev. Prot.  49      49

Catholics          53      44
White Catholics    50      49

Jewish             70      29

Oth. non-Christian 74      25

No religion        73      20

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  November 1, 2008; 5:00 PM ET
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Posted by: dauphins | November 1, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Today, The McCain slime machine went into another dishonorable gear by questioing Obama's patriotism. Come Tuesday, McCain's caravan of lies and smears will mercifully come to an end, as will his political career. The so-called maverick has been revealed to be an ugly, petty, divisive, angry, stupid old hypocrite who has no right to lead this country. Make sure to vote on Tuesday and soundly, decisively repudiate this scoundrel and his partners in crime and the gutter politics they have practised. End it and him for good.

Posted by: agitate | November 1, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I have already voted for Senators Obama and Biden. For Sen. McCain and his not yet qualified running mate I wish them well. Their campaign of speaking ill of Mr. Obama's character is not very attractive and unworthy of a great patriot and war hero that we all admire and to my dying day I shall never forget his great service to our country. I'm forever indebted to him for his serving and suffering in my behalf. But I chose Mr. Obama because of his temperament and gift of leadership I have observed throughout the long campaign. I truly hope that Dems will win and carry our great nation forward for all of us. May the Lord bless our country.

Posted by: naturalizedfor40yearsfromasia | November 1, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I had my doubts in the begining but Obama has shown himself to be worthy of the oval office. I have always admired John McCain for his courage that he displayed as a pow and during his service in the senate. But his decision making process has come into question during this campaign. It is time to move this country forward in a positive direction and Barrack Obama appears to have the qualifications to do just that

Posted by: preacherman120022002 | November 1, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait until it's finally done.

I know some people say by historical measures this campaign hasn't been terribly nasty, but it's nasty enough for me.

Now here we go again with the Rove-ish patriotism bit. I guess McCain is desperate and thinks he's got nothing to lose at this point. Well, listen again, pal, it's the sound of your dignity going down the toilet.

Obama/Biden '08
Let's get it over with already.

Posted by: binkynh | November 1, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

McCain's last minute desperation is vicious and ugly. The man is clearly not fit to be president or to hold any high office whatsoever. Praising him for what he did forty years ago is beside the point, and probably itself pointless. And giving him a pass because of that, allowing him to be vile and nasty, is illogical and even stupid. I'm sorry, but this guy has gone far beyond all bounds. He really needs to be put out to pasture.

My wife and I voted ten days, without the slightest doubt in the world. Obama will be a great president, one of the greatest.

Posted by: dicesare1 | November 1, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Spread the words... McCain supporters - election is just started. ignore the mainstream media polls and the Obama's bloggers. They are used to demoralize and suppress your vote. The race is getting tighter. GO OUT AND VOTE!

Hillary supporters for McCain/Palin!!

Posted by: mdem4mccain | November 1, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

At last, we are approaching the end of a long and arduous presidential campaign.
Obviously, we need to sprint past the finish line by showing up at the polls.

John McCain deserves the humiliation of a big win by Barack Obama. He offers nothing to our country. All his negative rhetoric is merely an attempt to draw attention away from his pathetic and empty platform. He has had the audacity to leverage the security and welfare of our country by selecting a running mate who is neither qualified nor prepared to lead our great nation. His poor decision-making reflects the policies we have had to endured the past eight years. He is truly a tired, angry old man who needs to realize that his time has past. If he offered a better opportunity for leadership as president, he would have won the office in one of his two other attempts to be elected.

Posted by: sramd | November 1, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

If you are the media, keep your eyes on the voting process in Philadelphia. There's a Youtube video of the old gal who runs the Philadelphia election board telling those who complained of long lines that long lines don't matter. After all, people stand in line overnight to get Ipods. In other words, Philadelphia's election officials are working hard to shut out voters who have jobs to go to and have to be there, minorities. They are working hard to shut out the poor and the working middle class. They don't want those kinds of folks voting.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | November 1, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Just when you thought the GOP couldnt go any lower now comes this:

The Republicans have made a last-minute attempt to prevent Barack Obama’s ascent to the White House by trying to recruit an Oxford academic to “prove” that his autobiography was ghostwritten by a former terrorist.

Dr Peter Millican, a philosophy don at Hertford College, Oxford, has devised a computer software program that can detect when works are by the same author by comparing favourite words and phrases.

He was contacted last weekend and offered $10,000 (£6,200) to assess alleged similarities between Obama’s best-seller, Dreams from My Father, and Fugitive Days, a memoir by William Ayers.

The offer to Millican to prove that Ayers wrote Obama’s book was made by Robert Fox, a California businessman and brother-in-law of Chris Cannon, a Republican congressman from Utah. He hoped to corroborate a theory advanced by Jack Cashill, an American writer.

Fox and Cannon each suggested to The Sunday Times that the other had taken the initiative.

Cannon said that he merely recommended computer testing of the books. He doubted whether Obama wrote his autobiography, adding: “If Ayers was the author, that would be interesting.”

Fox said he had hoped that Cannon would raise the $10,000 to run a computer test. “It was Congressman Cannon who initially pointed me in that direction and, from our conversation, I thought he might be able to find someone [to raise the $10,000].”

He believed that if “proof” of Ayers’s involvement was provided by an Oxford academic it would be political dynamite.

Fox contacted Millican, who said : “The $10,000 was a standard fee for 25 hours’ work. He sent me electronic versions of the text from both books.”

Millican took a preliminary look and found the charges “laughably unsubstantiated”. A deal was agreed for more detailed research but when Millican said the results had to be made public, even if no link to Ayers was proved, interest waned.

Millican said: “I thought it was extremely unlikely that we would get a positive result. It is the sort of thing where people make claims after seeing a few crude similarities and go overboard on them.”

He said Fox told him that Cannon had got “cold feet about it being seen to be funded by the Republicans”.

Cannon insisted, however, that he was not interested in making an issue of Obama’s memoir “even if it were scientifically proven” to be someone else’s work. He did not have any contact with Millican.

Obama, 47, warned this weekend that the campaign would “get nasty” in its closing days. “They’re going to throw everything at us,” he said.

Posted by: rharring | November 1, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

The final weeks of the campaign have shown the true colors of both candidates, both organizations and both party's base.

McCain has run on a truth of personal history in service that we all admire, but it is also running on the myth that military service and being a mediocre pilot are all you need to define yourself as a patriot. McCain has shown his personality to be one of constantly fighting, constantly being the underdog, constantly calling himself a maverick when the reality is different. His rallies are not positive and they don't reflect a clear vision for the future. They are emphasize fear and anger and are just anti-Obama rallies, not pro-McCain.

Obama has shown a measured, adult, non-ideological approach to issues. His confident, yet open approach to the financial crisis shows someone who is better at guiding a nation, than flying a fighter plane. He addresses the electorate as adults, not frightened kids. He hasn't avoided any controversies and he has even invited closer examination of some of his less than stellar past experiences and associates. This is someone to whom we can expect similar strength in the future of the country.

You can even see this divide in the inappropriate, whiney, fear-mongering views of McCain's supporters. I certainly hope Obama wins, because this is more about who WE are as a nation, not just who THEY are as leaders.

As much as I disagreed with many of Reagan's beliefs and policies (ketchup is a vegetable?!), I did admire his ability to compromise when he needed to and to elevate the debate to the bigger picture. Unfortunately the Republican candidates of the recent past and present do not reflect this. They are neo-con caricatures to this. It is Obama who now demonstrates the ability to transform America to its next great phase.

Posted by: macgregor | November 1, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who still thinks John McCain was a war hero should read the transcripts of his statements in Hanoi:

Posted by: RealCalGal | November 1, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Looking back, it is really amazing what Obama was able to accomplish, defeating Clinton (or, by other words, joined dynasty). The revolution without any blood is possible in this country, and this is really amazing.

Posted by: aepelbaum | November 1, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse








Posted by: jwgorman | November 1, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

For those who say Obama has no executive experience, just consider he built in two years a 50 state organization with tens of thousands of workers and a half billion dollar budget.

An admirable feat by any estimation andone that clearly underscores his executive experience.

Posted by: lpezzin | November 1, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

McCain's dishonorable campaign has done nothing but divide this nation. Trying to pit the so called "real" americans vs "non-Patriotic" americans is the worst thing a leader can do. No matter who wins there will undoubtedly be a rift. I for one have taken great offense in being called not a "real" american or communist american by McCain's brother. The audacity of this campaign to call someone unamerican if you don't believe in their rhetoric.

Posted by: ryanr007 | November 1, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse





Hey jwgorman....How stupid do you think people really are? You maybe able to fool the RNC base with your non-sense who are full of in-breds, hill billys and uneducated white trash...undoubtedly you're one of them.

Posted by: ryanr007 | November 1, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse


Lay off the caps lock key and use a spellchecker. And the fear approach? It isn't working this year. America has grown up since the last election.

Posted by: jays1 | November 1, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

When Obama is elected, Obama Vows To Create 'Civilian National Security Force'

You better watch out, you better behave or else...

Posted by: mdem4mccain | November 1, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm an Ohioan and me and my family have early voted for Obama. Can't wait for Ohio to hammer the last nail into the coffin of the "let them eat short term dividends" Republicans and the nasty McPain campaign.

Posted by: DrSubtle | November 1, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse


I am not a RNC base person. I consider myself to be a moderate. I also know that what was promised is easily broken. Consider this, I hold both parties resposible. As far as fear, this is just what is going to happen.


Read what you wrote and tell me if you do not resemble that. It is time for change, however not the time to swing from one side to the other. I am a veteran and a true American to be able to voice my opinion.

Posted by: jwgorman | November 1, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey jwgorman....


3,4 and 6 have already happened, Barrack only needs to satisfy 3 of the 6.

Posted by: dsmith1251 | November 1, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Not usually one to gloat at the discomfiture of others but I must say the frantic desperation of the GOP trolls is making my heart swell with joy.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | November 1, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I am still holding my breath but it does appear that Obama will win. I voted for him two weeks ago. He has taken the high road in this campaign and McCain and Palin have taken the low road, as usual.
The interesting part is that the low road didn't work this time, apparently. This, if it turns out to be true, is one of the most impressive factors in this election.
Oh, and I was a strong Hillary Clinton supporter and still am for anything she wants to do. But would I vote for McCain over a Democrat? No way. Obama is good. I think Hillary is better, but perhaps she could not be elected because of her gender. American citizens seem to recognize the need to get a competent person into the Presidency. Obama certainly has shown himself to be competent to the max. Hopefully, women will make the same kind of breakthrough sooner rather than later.
McCain and Palin? The Republicans seem to have run out of leaders.

Posted by: bghgh | November 1, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

The only ads I hear anymore from the Republicans are negative things about Barack Obama. I guess they realize they have no platform themselves. I wait for the election to end with John McCain being defeated in a landslide. He will then try to extricate himself from this dishonorable campaign by blaming everything on his handlers(starting with the selection of Sarah Palin)

Posted by: silverspring25 | November 1, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

George W Bush and dimwit US Labor Secretary Elaine Chao have rarely met their monthly jobs creation target in 8 years. Chao enjoys a complete media blackout; her name is never mentioned in the monthly jobs creation report. In the US, it takes the creation of 100K-130K new jobs created per month just to absorb new graduates into the workforce. These two Republican morons are proof the Bush tax cuts don't work; they can't compete with the labor pool available in India and China.

Jobs sent offshore are not coming back; they're not being replaced. As long as Republicans haven't raised taxes on CEOs, Republicans don't care.

It takes Uncle Same about 3-5 days to calculate with-holding tax from your salary. That's also how long it takes to calculate the unemployment rate: when your salary goes to zero and stays there or barely budges. It's great to see the middle class figure that out the hard way. Let's see how many vote Republican this year. Roger Ailes, Rush Limbaugh, drug addict, and the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth have three days to distance the Republican Party from George W. Bush.

Posted by: kevten | November 1, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Looking at Google Earth the other day I looked at my old home in London, from which I came to the USA as an Immigrant many years ago. I couldn't help being struck by how modern, organisized and just plain well kept the Brits have improved their country in the intervening years with the leadership of Tony Blair, Mr Brown and the New Labor government while my adopted country appears to have gone downhill. Senator Obama appears to be like a shaft of bright light in a Dark Cave compared to the regressive positions of the Republicans.

Posted by: Geminiseven2000 | November 1, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse


robo comments much like robo calls.

Obama's campaign has been solid, consistent and "adult", without fear mongering, much like I would like our leader to act. I voted for Obama, I hope he wins, I'm looking forward to his presidency.

Posted by: lamaggs | November 1, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

It will NOT be over even when Obama supporters get out and vote--and that is what needs to happen on Tuesday.

The Rovian slime machine will CONTINUE to operate, and will REALLY get vicious, when Obama is inagurated. Don't go home and go to sleep, Obama/Biden supporters.

We must continue to speak out, fight the lies which will continue (do you remember the "Harry and Louise" ads?) write letters to the editor, support our elected members of congress who support President Obama.

We don't want another 1994 backlash.

Posted by: dotellen | November 1, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Okay,let me see if I have the mcSame platform memorised.

Obamas a Muslim who attends a Christian church...check.

Obamas a shape shifting alien from the galaxy Kenyastein...check

Obama invented communism when he was 8 years old....check

Obama is a terrorist whom the secret service protects...check

Obama is a secret Arab sent to infiltrate the Mountain-Dew-Club chapter of the KKK county clan and report how many green teeth they have ...check

Obama palls around with terrorists like Warren Buffet and Colin Powel....check

Obama is the anti-Christ...check

Okay GOP neocons...Ive got all your talking points and....I already voted for Obama / Biden

You people are absolutely friggin nuts...buh bye neocons !

Posted by: garygelormino1 | November 1, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

It's over, Republicans. Get used to it. You had eight years in the White House and four years of total control of the federal government. You had the power to solve the real challenges facing this country -- long term financing of Social Security and Medicare, for example. Instead, you have left us $5 trillion deeper in debt than we were the day Bush took office in 2000. Our world image is shattered and our influence is far less than it was. Our economy is in a shambles.

You should never be permitted to have power again.

Posted by: davidscott1 | November 1, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Republicans for Obama!

Posted by: free-donny | November 1, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm ready for Tuesday. This has been an extraordinary campaign and I'm just eager to see the results.

As for poling, my granddaughter is taking periodic polls in her first grade class and is disappointed that McCain is ahead with that group. (We live in a VERY red state.)

To make up for the loss in her polls her parents have let her put an Obama sign up in their yard - and now she has one up in our yard.

I plan on taking her with me to vote on Tuesday and will let her mark the ballot for Obama.

Even my 4 year old grandson can identify Obama when his face appears on the TV screen.

It's just amazing to me that this election is even filtering down to elementary shool kids.

Posted by: KHMJr | November 1, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Who are these people who identify themselves as "Protestants" and "White Protestants" and "White non-Evangelical Protestants"? Why are they for McCain over Obama? And who are all the "Other non-Christian" who are overwhelmingly for Obama? Isn't this a country that's almost 90 percent Christian? How can so many "protestants, white protestants, white non-evangelical protestants and white catholics" be voting for McCain, yet McCain is losing by so much? Is it because there really are that many non-white people, along with Jews, non-Christians and "no religion," or is it that far more people refuse to identify themselves as Christian or Protestant than we realize?

And finally, quite honestly, I can understand why evangelicals are brainwashed by the GOP, but why are so many white Christians so stupid? What do they think is going to happen to them under Obama that hasn't happened, far far worse, under Bush? What in the world is it about Obama's message that they don't like? Why do they trust McCain to improve their lives, when the man admitted he doesn't understand or care about the economy?

It seems to me that we non-Christians are going to rescue the Christians from their stupidity -- and put America back on track to the great land it truly is.

Posted by: OMGalmost53 | November 1, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Let me amend my last post:

We non-Christians, along with all the non-white Christians. This will not be the first time African-Americans are going to save the butt of white Americans -- not that we deserve it from them, Lord knows.

Posted by: OMGalmost53 | November 1, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I mean, come on. Haven't we had enough of the slime of Rove. This country, (and the world) is divided enough, because of cowboy diplomacy. McCain wants war, tax cuts, and he's pro-life(if he were pro-life, he wouldn't want to continue to cut taxes, cause that just hearts the middle-class and the poor) and healthcare to remain the same. Give me (us) a break.

Posted by: shag11 | November 1, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Give the woman a break. You can't see Calgary from Wasilla.

Posted by: Annandale | November 1, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

We have heard over and over of how great a war hero John McCain is. As an Air Force pilot, McCain participated in the saturation bombing of Hanoi which included the bombing of residential areas including hospitals. Columbia law professor, Telford Taylor, who was one of the judges presiding over the Nuremberg trials believed MCCain and others should be tried for war crimes against humanity. How much courage does it take to bomb women and children and hospitals from 10,000 feet? wjm

Posted by: martinw | November 1, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

FINALLY the time has come. I am so enlightened. It has been nearly eight years.

Supporters are FIRED UP and Ready To Go!! WOOHOO!! We have the momentum and the energy nationwide. FINALLY our time has come.

Arrive as early as possible, but be in line before closing time. DON'T leave without being sure the vote went through as intended, and if it doesn't, MAKE them get it right. Carpool.

I am enlightened, and in awe of how hard the team has worked. So much was poured into this process. We're halfway there, but we've got to push past that finish line. This is the final step, supporters. We can do it, and we must! It's time for some change of direction. We can do it! Lets celebrate Victory for our country this coming Tuesday! Lets work together to rebuild our country.

-Yes We Can
-Yes We Can
-Yes We Can

America we must!

Obama/Biden '08 For America '08
"It's America's Time"-Joe Biden

It's definitely our time. Attention Supporters: Lets Do It!!! Victory Tuesday!! Deliver for our country!!!

Posted by: Obama2008 | November 1, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I'm a Christian for Obama, but I do not consider myself as part of any group, but of Christ plain and simple. When you get into identifying all of these groups, with labels, it appears some of the message gets tweaked with some of them. Some are in sync with what I get out of The Message, but I find that others are not. I'm not saying right or wrong, but I just thought I'd put that out there how some Christians like myself probably wouldn't get represented in some of these polls.

Posted by: Obama2008 | November 1, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Since I live in Oregon, I delivered my ballot to my nearby library. I didn't want to risk it getting lost in the mail.

I have never worried so much about an election.........I have never contributed to a political campaign until this one. I haven't had such enthusiasm for a candidate until now.

Senator Obama has shown leadership ability, civility, and intelligence. Our country truly needs this very talented man. I just hope Americans are intelligent enough to make him our next president.

Posted by: quietlestitching | November 1, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

An officer and a gentleman? McCain lost his honor as both an officer and a gentleman. Further, who is the bigger man and the more honorable. It is the man who has run the more noble campaign, Mr. Barrack Obama. Let's face it McCain, Obama is the bigger man.

Posted by: skyreader7 | November 1, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I feel ill when I think of grinning Barack talking down to me for the next 8 years. Instead of a woman leader to look up to I will have a paternalistic father figure looking down on me. I am most interested to see what happens with the "equal pay for equal work" legislation. With a Democratic controlled government it should pass within 1 year, or 2 at the most. But I bet there is some issue and it goes away with Papa Barack smiling down saying "I tried". I am also interested in the mandatory sick leave requirement that includes coverage for personal as well as dependent illnesses. In DC they have tried for 3 years to pass this law but each year it failed. Business owners said it would cause them to cut jobs, raise prices, and move out of DC. I can't imagine that the rest of the country is in better shape than DC. So another bid grin and "I tried" but now time for more important business.

Because of all this, I will be voting for John and Sarah. The Republican Party is more open to women actually being competent and worthy of respect - and that is something that I believe is sorely needed in this country. However I am working on mentally preparing myself for facing the personification of American women’s' status talking down at me for almost a decade. It does make me uneasy.

Posted by: mgd1 | November 1, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I am not for sure if I can stand another 72 hours with the slime that is spewing out of the Republican machine.

If America can't see that the only way Republicans can win elections is through hate and lies then America deserves what it gets and the country that was founded by a bunch of liberal outlaws is done for.

Posted by: hmmmmmer | November 1, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

mgd1 at 9:14pm.

I am afraid it sounds like you have a chip on your shoulder. Like me, you should fight the good fight, persist, and don't expect an entitlement.
Voting for Palin-McCain is voting against everything women need. He is the worst sexist, and if Palin is your role model, you belong in another country.
So wise up about your vote. if you have voted already, do some penance and drive Obama voters to the poll on Tuesday.

Posted by: axolotl | November 1, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

It amazes me that evangelicals and white protestants are the base, the scariest of all groups is the religious vacuous whack jobs.

I have to keep telling myself it will all be over soon and then maybe our country will get back to they way it once was where neighbor helped neighbor, education was a priority and not just an idiotic slogan that made our children ignorant, and religion had no place in our government in any way shape or form.

The churches that endorsed should lose their tax exempt status this second.

Posted by: hmmmmmer | November 1, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.
Thomas Jefferson

Obama stands for a different kind of government.

Posted by: mharwick | November 1, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

It's wonderful to see the letters of intelligent and logical people who will be as excited as me with President Obama.

Thankfully, most of us have seen the Rovian Tricks too many times to buy them again...especially with the horrible results that followed.

We've been stung, but we have learned!

Posted by: paco282 | November 1, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

We're so grateful that the dignified Obama and delightful Biden will free us of having to mute PALIN'S EXTREMELY UNPLEASANT, IGNORANT, SCREECHING VOICE for at least the NEXT FOUR YEARS! God bless ya, guys.

Signed, 3 votes for Obama in Virginia

Posted by: keeladog | November 1, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised you haven't noted that McCain is now even with Obama among independents.

Three days ago Obama was outperforming McCain with independents by 10 points. That's a huge shift to McCain and should be worrisome to Obama since independents/undecideds are very similar.

I also find your data showing support for McCain among republicans unreliable and inconsistent. You noted that enthusiasm amongst his supporters is as high as it was after the convention. But at the same time his supported by fewer republicans than last week? Not likely.

I suspect McCain's support among republicans is closer to 88-89%, not 86% you've shown today.

The difference between Obama and McCain is equal to the difference between the weighting of dems and reps in the poll.

Do dems really account for 9 points more than reps in the voting population?

What's your state breakout in the internals of the poll. With Obama's support in big blue states like California, New York and Illinois, it's possible for Obama to win the popular vote but lose the electoral vote.

Posted by: SAM13 | November 1, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

I saw the film W. tonight with a good friend and we came away from that film comparing the character W. in the film with Sarah is very spooky...there is a similarity in the two personalities..not good...we should be willing to work extra hard to prevent this woman from ever reaching the White House...

Posted by: goodcake4 | November 1, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are filthy, disgusting, cheating $cumbags. They're already distributing literature/making phony robocalls, stating that Democrats can vote on November 5th, etc. Neo-Nazi, rightwing-extremist Republicans will get waxed at the polls, on November 4th. Mark my words. You can write it down. There aren't enough fundies, redneks, or billionaires in America, for them to win without honorably, without cheating. But like the spineless $cumbuckets that they are, Republicans resort to voter disenfranchisement, voter suppression, voter intimidation, and gerrymandering. That said, the filthy miscreants won't get away with it. The Grumpy Old Pedos will suffer a HUGE defeat on November 4th. Mark my words. You can write it down. Make me a prophet and rock the vote!

Posted by: con_crusher | November 2, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

correction to my previous post: "to win (without)-X honorably,"

Posted by: con_crusher | November 2, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

The current anti-intellectual bent of the Republican party has been driving it's intellectual wing to endorse Barack Obama. I say to Senator Obama, bring these people into the Democratic party as conservative Democrats. The nothing wrong with broadening the party base. Invite Joe Lieberman back. Forgive and forget. Move forward. Leave Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh in charge of the other party. This ought to guarantee the Democrats own the White House for a long time.

Posted by: ThePhotogsBlog | November 2, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

I am a 59 year old white Catholic who attends church on a weekly basis. I am going to vote for Barack Obama because I agree with him ninety-nine percent of the time on the issues important to me and my family. I also know that most of my Catholic friends and acquaintances will be doing the same. I can never understand why the polls show the race so close within the Catholic community. Is it because of the abortion issue? If so, does that one issue trump all the other issues that are important to our standard of living and how we are perceived around the world? Isn't killing innocent people, including pregnant mothers and children, in an unjustified war(s) just as sinful? Our present national priorities are shameful and we must change it on Tuesday, November 4th. Please vote for change. Yes we can.

Posted by: ralves | November 2, 2008 3:23 AM | Report abuse

Some thought it wouldn't happen, but it finally did. Rev. Wright ads from some 527 are up. So they decided to go there. Let's show them that fear-mongering won't work.

Also, I finally watched the whole "God Damn America" sermon that the right-wing loves to splice into a case for Wright's hate for this country. You know what gets left out? That the entire point of the sermon was to remind people that God is still the ultimate authority in the lives of the faithful; and if Americans live their lives OVER God and not UNDER God, it will be "God damn" instead of "God bless" America.

That was the point of the sermon that Fox News so kindly leaves out to fit their point about Jeremiah Wright being an unpatriotic hate-monger. The sermon wasn't a condemnation of America, but a message to the faithful that God should still be the foremost focus in their lives—that faith in God is what brings blessings to the world.

In addition to being a pastor, how many people know the Rev. Wright was also a Marine? Sounds like a patriot to me.

Don't be fooled by a carefully edited sound bite from a firey portion of an actually wise and well-thought out sermon. Truth can be twisted if you let it.


Posted by: wahooligan | November 2, 2008 3:56 AM | Report abuse

Is there some kind of Commandment within the loony right-wing of this country that states "thou shalt always type with CAPS LOCK on?"

I mean seriously, we know Dittoheads and Hannityites are an angry and obnoxious bunch, but c'mon, lay off the caps lock.

I can almost hear collective the angry keyboard mashing emanating from flyover country even from the sanctuary of my liberal elite enclave here in "fake" Commie Virginia.

Posted by: wahooligan | November 2, 2008 4:02 AM | Report abuse

John McCain... modern day Faust. A good man who sold his soul for the lust of political power.

Posted by: omzes1 | November 2, 2008 6:39 AM | Report abuse

I have already cast my vote, and I voted for Obama/Biden. Early on, I had much respect for John McCain, and thought that he would run a respectable campaign, one that would also include a message of "unity". He has not.

His decision-making processes during this campaign (selection of his VP, response to the economic crisis, negative campaigning, etc.) has concerned me and led me to the final conclusion that he is not the kind of leader I would like to see in the White House at this critical time in America. He has run an increasingly negative and divisive campaign, and again, this is not what we need in a President at such a critical time for all of us.

Proudly and with hope for a better future for all Americans, I voted for Sen. Obama as his message truly connects with me, my beliefs and priorities, and my desire for a "better" America. Every one of us has his/her own beliefs, and will vote accordingly. I only hope that after Nov 4, the bruising blows of this campaign will end and all Americans will unite and work together to address the many critical challenges that will face us in the months and years to come.

Posted by: Chris-Florida | November 2, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

For the sake of our country and ourselves, I pray these numbers hold.

An Obama/Biden Administration will try, in good faith, to undo the damage wrought on our country by the Bush Administration - the damage to our economy, our environment, our standing in the world and, most importantly, to our Counstitution.

A McCain/Palin Administration is just too scary to contemplate. Bush/Cheney have dug a hole for this country, McCain/Palin would bury us in it.

Posted by: laSerenissima2003 | November 2, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Now the thing to watch out for is voter exclusion. Keep your eye on Philadelphia, among one place to watch. I saw a video of the old gal who runs the election board there. She told one person who complained about the almost certainty of unreasonably long lines that long lines don't matter. People stand in line all night to buy Ipods. In other words, they want to exclude working people who have to vote and go on to work. Those are the poor, the middle class working people and the like. I saw an email on CNN today from an older lady (I didn't catch the place) who had to drop out of an early voting line because the wait was to be three hours and she wasn't physically able to do that. Here we are in what is supposedly the premier democracy in the world, and our example is going to be one of shutting qualified people out of voting. I understand this. In 2004 in my state (Missouri) they left voters standing in line when the polls closed. Many never got to vote.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | November 2, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

This long, embarrassing national nightmare will soon move into history. Though we have much work to do, Americans should be thankful that the country we love survived more or less intact.

As for Rumsfeld, Ashcroft, Cheney, Bush, and the rest of the neocon cabal -- it's time to crawl back into the sewer. We can never forget the damage your fetid ideology has inflicted upon us, as the debt will linger for generations

Posted by: AtltoPDX | November 2, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Vote Early and

send more of your KIDS to schools in Red States and make them VOTE


go IU

Posted by: grandstreetfund | November 2, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Get your OBAMA BLUE shirt ready:
VOTE NO to 8 more years of hate, fear and greed.

VOTE for the CHANGE WE NEED: Obama '08
VOTE for hope, courage and compassion!

Posted by: ford9504 | November 2, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I love people like "agitate" (top of thread)

not only do people still believe that the only thing holding Barack back is his race (you must be kidding) ....

but people like "agitate" have ths stupidity to post things such as :

"...who has no right to lead this country..."

in reference to our next President, John McCain

No right ??? Since when does ANYONE have an actual right to the Presidency, other than the basic qualifications (age, place of birth and so on) ?

It is the continual display of this sort of stupidity that is the real bane of the current Democratic party. There is nothing worse that a vocal proponent who is embarrassing to their own party. Such are blogs ...

Do the right thing, vote not for nor against someone simply based on race, do not assume anyone has a "right" to be President or not, do not vote for a candidate based on their spouse and simply vote based on experience, qualifications and decision-making ability,

The choice is clear.

Posted by: beethovensninth | November 2, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Dems always over poll and rep always outperform on Election day.
The only poll that matters is Tuesday's.

McCain/Palin 08
True Americans who always have faith in the american people.


Posted by: blevins20061 | November 2, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse


Please show McCain and Palin...just how much and how many the this great not believe their lies..

...McCain on SNL watched as they continued to prove his VP was a idiot....

Palin continues to run just for Palin on in FL....
Palin does not want to go home to Alaska Britney Palin loves the lights, the cloths and crowds..and she is good at it till she opens her mouth....

So vote..Vote for change...Vote for hope..
Vote for a better America... that a narrow minded Republican party could never dream of...
McCain and Palin..Elizabeth Dole have only preached hate, fear. 1st to fight, 1st to lie and 1st to blame anyone> The last 8 years Republicans ..hate, fear, 1st to fight..(no plan after we destroyed Iraq)..1st to many..history is still trying to count them.

God Bless America

Posted by: car33 | November 2, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Actually McCain's career will NOT be over after Nov 4th, nor Jan 20th. He will still be a US Senator. This is the first Presidential election in US history where the 2 major party candidates are both in Congress. So Obama & McCain WILL have to work with one another.

Posted by: cyberfool | November 2, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I am looking forward to an Obama presidency. I have been a working mother of multiple children in a two wage earner family ever since my first child was born.

When Mr. Obama indicated that some us of would be called upon to "share the wealth" a little, I realized that it has been a real drag working, mothering and keeping a business going that provides a livlihood for three other people.

The way I figure, I have worked hard enough for long enough. I am looking forward to being one of the people with whom the wealth is shared! I am sure that the new adminsitration will take care of those three employees! That is what share the wealth is all about, right?

Posted by: patatty1 | November 2, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I finally made a decision in the voting booth - and wrote in Hillary Clinton! I just couldn't bring myself to vote for either one of these bozos.

Posted by: StageMom | November 2, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

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