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Obama Inches Closer

As we reach 10 p.m. ET, Barack Obama appears to be on the path to 270 electoral votes and the presidency.

The major dominoes to fall over the last hour -- Pennsylvania and Ohio for Obama -- as well as a series of too-close-to-call states -- Indiana, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina -- all point to the fact that Obama is the odds-on favorite to be the 44th president of the United States.

Obama currently sits at 195 electoral votes to McCain's 85. Even if McCain sweeps all of the toss up states we mentioned above, he still stands at only 136 electoral votes. And, with almost certain wins for Obama in Iowa and New Mexico -- both of which were carried by Bush in 2004 -- Obama would stand fewer than 90 votes away from the presidency.

What we have seen so far on this election night is that Obama has made good on his promise to expand the map -- running surprisingly strong in places like Indiana and North Carolina, states which haven't voted for a Democrat for president in modern political history.

Obama's ability to expand the map will be traced to two major factors: the widespread unpopularity of President Bush and the Illinois senator's massive fundraising edge over John McCain.

National exit polling showed that roughly three-quarters of the electorate disapproved of the job that Bush was doing -- more than 50 percent doing so strongly.

Couple that dissatisfaction with Bush and Republicans with Obama's massive fundraising operation, which has funded huge television campaigns and get out the vote organizations in key battleground states, and you begin to get a sense of how the Illinois senator has broken the red state-blue state deadlock of the 2000 and 2004 elections.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 4, 2008; 9:39 PM ET
 
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MES FELICITATIONS PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN


NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | November 5, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

MES FELICITATIONS PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN


NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | November 5, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

THE SECOND TIME

SINCE AROUND 1903

THAT MISSOURI HAS

++++ NOT ++++

PICKED THE WINNING CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT

Posted by: brucerealtor@gmail.com | November 5, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Florida's electoral votes just went to a black democratic candidate for president.
I felt a jolt and the earth shuddered as the state disconnected from the continent.
Florida is adrift and rudderless.
The crackers are wild eyed and in terror.
Obama is soon to be President of the United States of America!!!!

Posted by: seemstome | November 4, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

The perpetual POW gracefully accepts defeat and returns to the Senate retirement home.
Let's see if he lives up to his promise to help in the Senate, or will Dr.Evil and Mini Me (McCain and Liebermann) be setting traps for Obama.
Meanwhile in Florida, Obama leads by 168 thousand with 89 percent reporting.

Posted by: seemstome | November 4, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

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Palin and Todd, the governor and shadow governor of Alaska will now return to the land of the midnight sun and Todd can drill, baby, drill all he wants.

Posted by: seemstome | November 4, 2008 11:27 PM |

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Yes. It's YESTERDAY in Alaska when it's TODAY here. No sense in them waiting.

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Posted by: ElMugroso | November 4, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Palin and Todd, the governor and shadow governor of Alaska will now return to the land of the midnight sun and Todd can drill, baby, drill all he wants.

Posted by: seemstome | November 4, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

John McCains crew is still booing. THIS TIME HE TOLD THEM TO BE QUIET.

McCain is eating crow and doing it in style. Good for him.

Posted by: seemstome | November 4, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

This should be a new dawn. Away USA from greed,dishonesty of all kinds, indifference to the plight of the poor,unilaterel international policies and a grand old combination of arrogance, stupidity, religious fundamentalism and intolerance! this is good for the USA and the World too!

Posted by: svchary0 | November 4, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Over 7 million and counting and Florida is 86 percent reporting. Obama is still leading by 150 thousand.

Posted by: seemstome | November 4, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

It's hard to beat a good plan that is sufficiently funded. And it's hard to beat something with nothing.

Obama deserved to win. McCain only articulated doubts about Obama's character, at a time when most people were preoccupied with policy.

On the other hand, at the worst time to run as a Republican in 30 years, McCain pulled 48%. And four years after the nation repudiated the Republicans for Watergate, four years of Jimmy Carter led to Ronald Reagan and a generation of conservative rule. If the Republicans play their cards right and return to low taxes/smaller govt., they could turn it around. But if they continue to dance with the theocons and stupid people like Palin appealing to even dumber voters, well ...

One more thought -- Reagan didn't compromise on his ideology and he won handily. Obama didn't either, and HE won. Maybe this drives a stake into the heart of Clinton triangulation once and for all. I sure hope so.

Posted by: gbooksdc | November 4, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

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Obama has proven all those who were wrong, WRONG.

Even in the late stages Hillary said a "clean-up job follows".

NO. What follows is a DEMOLISHING JOB.

The DEMOLITION of Bushism is the FIRST and MOST URGENT TASK that Obama will do.

It's for the good of ALL, because when something is good only for a few, it's FALSE GOODNESS.

It's a NEW ERA!

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Posted by: ElMugroso | November 4, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Get out of the way, here comes the Obama express. Time to get the country back on track.

Posted by: seemstome | November 4, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

This is a time for celebration of what Obama stands for not for descending into what McCain promoted as a campaign.
Don't go Palin.

Go Obama.

Posted by: seemstome | November 4, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I love how the Obama-haters have to believe that Obama somehow FOOLED a majority of the American public into voting for him, as if he were some slick snake-oil saleman that conned us all, where if we were actually using our brains we would have voted for McCain.

Hmmm....perhaps we're practicing some projection??

Posted by: JMGinPDX | November 4, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

We're screwed. Think about this: all the teenagers and derelicts who voted for Obama
have now influenced our future. They don't pay taxes, they don't even have jobs
but they just made Obama president.

Posted by: ohioan | November 4, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

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You know, for a moment there I actually thought the conservatives would take this like men, but I'm guessing I was wrong.

They managed everything else badly, so it's really noshock that they managed their own expectations, their own partiotism, and their own civility poorly as well.

Now they're weeping and making nasty gestures as America steps into its future.

They're threatening to leave.

Fair enough, Ohioan. Fine by me, Thozmaniac.

If there are any real patriots among you, they'll be welcome to join with us in giving America a new birth of freedom.

If you intend to get in the way, you'll lose again, and again, and again.

Posted by: Attucks | November 4, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Florida is almost there for Obama.

Posted by: seemstome | November 4, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Ohioan - I'm a 39-year-old white male with a job that pays me well above the national average.

What the he11 are you talking about?
Or do you even know?

Ahhhh yes...you're making tired assumptions based on invalid stereotypes again.
Of course.

My mama always told me...if you have to stretch the truth to make a point, it's probably not worth making.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | November 4, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Mwahahaha, you republican b&stards, I've been waiting for this moment for a long time now that the racists, the fascists, the rednecks, and the neocon thieves are getting a big fat smack in the puss! Ah, how sweet it is! Come on, PRESIDENT Obama, raise taxes until they squeal like the swine that they are, the poor, poor Republicans and their bankers. And a note to Henry Waxman: investigate the hell out of the folks who brought about the Wall Street collapse.

Posted by: hfisher1 | November 4, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Chris you know Barack Obama used Hispanic/Latinos. Lets hear about what you knew and when. Obama was not about to tell them about his ongoing discrimination against them in Illinois. They were just fooled into voting for him.

Posted by: TheoriginalMoniker | November 4, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

To those who are "losing" tonight, I will say this...

If you want to evaluate your President only based on where he disagrees with you...
Or only based on mistruths and slander leveled at him by his opponents...
If you only want to see how he is going to ruin this country for you...
If you, as someone with irrationally extreme views, want to only focus on what you think are HIS irrationally extreme views...

Then you will get what you deserve.

Obama is going to be the first President in a long time to truly strive to unify the American people, do what's right for everyone, and to truly make a difference for Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians (like me), and everyone else.

Get on the bus or get left behind.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | November 4, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I've never been ashamed to be an American until now.
My flags been put to half-staff.
Probably have to replace it with one that has a crescent moon on it or a hammer and sickle.

Posted by: Thozmaniac | November 4, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

//

Fine.

Leave.

Posted by: Attucks | November 4, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Our long national nightmare is nearly over.

Posted by: branfo4 | November 4, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

We're screwed. Think about this: all the teenagers and derelicts who voted for Obama
have now influenced our future. They don't pay taxes, they don't even have jobs
but they just made Obama president.

Posted by: ohioan | November 4, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama didn't just win.

The United States took back its soul!

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | November 4, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

My excitement tonight stems from the fact that the uninformed, absolutist, negative and extremly partisan voices (such as Thoz) will be quieted long enough so that Obama & Co. can prove to them that there IS a rational center that works for everyone. They're welcome to stay on their lunatic far-right fringe (and for that matter, the morons on the lunatic far-left fringe can stay there too), but the rest of America is going to try and get stuff done.

GOBAMA!!!

Posted by: JMGinPDX | November 4, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Also posting from Australia: firstly, I would disagree with anybody attributing Obama's lead to black voters. Firstly, they aren't uniformly voting for Obama. Secondly, they're only 10% of the potential electorate - if that, given the racial bias of felony convictions in America.

And although it's certainly right to say that Republican record and Obama's fundraisning are big factors in the massive map shift, why not speak also to the intelligence of voters? Surely Americans' thirst for vision, Obama's clear ability and McCain's bipolarized dementia have also had significant impacts today.

Posted by: typingisnotactivism | November 4, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

My flag is flying high. My spirits are high. I am as always proud of my country and my neighbors. Thank you for overcoming your fears and stepping bravely into the 21st century. The world is watching and they are SMILING.

Bless us all. Every one.

Congrats to the hard work all have done to make this miracle happen.

Posted by: mamatink | November 4, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I've never been ashamed to be an American until now.
My flags been put to half-staff.
Probably have to replace it with one that has a crescent moon on it or a hammer and sickle.

Posted by: Thozmaniac | November 4, 2008 10:10 PM |

##########################################

Payback's a b!tch, isn't it?

Posted by: maggots | November 4, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Americans have a talent for picking "losers". First Bush, now Obama.

Posted by: ohioan | November 4, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Its mid afternoon in Australia and as neighbours of the worlds largest Muslim nation and fledgling democracy this election is of real significance to us.

So prehapps we are looking for too much detail.

It seems to me you have overlooked one of the main reasons why Obama has grown the electoral map. He has given black American people the motivation to vote.

In the time I lived in the US in the late 80s voter particpation among African Americans was very low. I think he has tapped into a whole layer of
people who are now participating in the US Democracy maybe for the first time.

It is unfortunate that he will come to power on the cusp of an economic downturn that will have a disproportionate effect on low economic staus African Amercian.

Posted by: chilli_topping | November 4, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Pop the corks! Obama won.

Posted by: dyalls | November 4, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey Thozmaniac, now you know how we've felt for the past 7 years! By your own party's rational, you must be some kind of anti-american terrorist sympathizer to not be proud of your country. Why do you hate the troops so much? Are you a radical socialist or just a regular anarchist radical?

It's ok buddy, you've still got 2.5 more months with your hero, Bush II. Maybe he'll tar and feather some f@gs and pardon a few white collar criminals for ya on his way out of office.

Posted by: Terrorfied | November 4, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-baines5-2008nov05,0,1853339.story

114 year old daughter of slaves votes for "the colored man," says "republicans want everything for themselves..."

Posted by: UsedToBeGOP | November 4, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Crescent moon or hammer and sicle?

Grow up.


Posted by: michaelfairbanks | November 4, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Look at the Pacific coast states - or the Left States as conservatives like to call them. Between California, Oregon and Washington there are 73 electoral votes.

Depending on who you are following Obama has 195 to 207 Electoral votes right now. Basically that means the election is over and Barack Obama is now our President Elect.

Hopefully the country can now move from the bitterness and hatred that we have seen in the election campaigns.

Around the world people are watching to see if American can be reborn with the election of Obama. Hopefully the people within our country will do the same.

Posted by: KHMJr | November 4, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

The BEST.....VERY BEST THING about this election.....?? Sarah Palin is going back to Alaska!!!!!!! Maybe too, McPalin will learn an "elite" lesson......Hate & fear is NO way to run an election if you want to win!

Posted by: leah1946 | November 4, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Our new President is practical, moral, and an intellectual. HOw refreshing. .............


http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/11/04/finally-an-intellectual-moral-president/

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 4, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Now the real work begins.

rebuilding America and undoing the damage George Bush, Dick Cheney and the other numnuts have left behind.

O happy day!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 4, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I've never been ashamed to be an American until now.
My flags been put to half-staff.
Probably have to replace it with one that has a crescent moon on it or a hammer and sickle.

Posted by: Thozmaniac

sorry to break it to you Thoz - but as a con you have always been at 'half staff'.

Posted by: ripley8 | November 4, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Hey Thozmaniac!

Obama's a Christian. And Colin Powell got it right. So what if he was Muslim? Additionally, Obama's no socialist. Anybody who has ever studied politics in any serious way can tell you that.

Thozmaniac. Today's first poster to admit he's a bigot. Congratulations Republican party. You are still the party of anti-intellectualism, bigotry and racism. Hard fought and well earned.

GObama!

Posted by: alkuth | November 4, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I've never been ashamed to be an American until now.
My flags been put to half-staff.
Probably have to replace it with one that has a crescent moon on it or a hammer and sickle.

Posted by: Thozmaniac | November 4, 2008 10:10 PM |
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America, love it or leave it!

Guess you'll be moving to Australia now?

Posted by: dj333 | November 4, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Now that the Repugs have been flattened, destroyed, crushed and defeated, it's time to start thinking about bipartisanism.

Posted by: branfo4 | November 4, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Yay! Obama stands for fairness. Yay for a decisive enough victory that the GOP can't cry foul. The American people are speaking loudly and clearly. My teenaged kids aren't old enough to vote, but thanks to this election, they have been steeped in the process. Yay! What a great day for America. Hope lives!

Posted by: lhen1 | November 4, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I've never been ashamed to be an American until now.
My flags been put to half-staff.
Probably have to replace it with one that has a crescent moon on it or a hammer and sickle.

Posted by: Thozmaniac | November 4, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Kerry states + Ohio = 272.

Kerry states not yet called include California, Washington, Oregon & Hawaii.

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 4, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

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