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Presidential Update: No Alarms, No Surprises

Ninety minutes after polls began to close on the east coast, two states have been called in the presidential contest -- neither of which is shocking or particularly revealing.

In Barack Obama's column is the solidly Democratic Vermont while John McCain netted Kentucky.

Some of the big boys (or girls) have closed within the last half hour including Indiana, Virginia, North Carolin and Ohio.

Results in each of these states are just starting to trickle in but watch closely over the next 45 minutes to an hour to see if any of those states tip to Obama. In the order of likelihood for a Democratic takeover we would rank it: Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Indiana but all four states are extremely close according to polling conducted in them over the last few days.

If Obama can win two or more of these states, he is in the driver's seat as the map moves westward.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 4, 2008; 7:31 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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i second the radiohead reference.

Posted by: tempbase | November 5, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Obama's already opened up some nice leads in Florida, NC, and Ohio. Very promising

Posted by: jdunph1 | November 4, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Nice Radiohead reference

Posted by: glowing_plasma | November 4, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Of course I meant David Boswell.

Posted by: jdunph1 | November 4, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

In Kentucky the first upset in the House tonight looks likes it going to go to western Kentucky's next congressman Ron Lewis. Congrats.

Posted by: jdunph1 | November 4, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

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