Andrew Romano

No Blue States for McCain

It's official.As polls close at 9:00 p.m., the networks call Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin for Barack Obama. This means that John McCain, who has already lost in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania will not--repeat will not--add to George W.

The Peach State Stays Red

With a quarter of precincts reporting, NBC News calls Georgia for John McCain. No surprise there--the Peach State was probably the reachiest of Barack Obama's reaches.

Live Chat! With Joe Trippi!

Hey everyone, For the next hour, veteran Democratic consultant Joe Trippi and I will be answering your questions... live and uncensored. Click here to participate.Thanks for reading!

The First Hint of an Obama Victory?

The first results of the 2008 election are trickling in ... from Indiana's Vigo County. That might sound kind of random. But the interesting thing is, Vigo County--home of Terre Haute--has for decades most closely matched the national vote for president of any county in the country.

McCain's Last Possible Path to Victory

  The final round of state and national polling is in. It shows Barack Obama widening his average overall lead to 7.6 percent--a 2.5-percent increase from two weeks ago--and topping 52 percent nationwide.

Stumper's Election Night Cheat-Sheet

If that's not enough detail for you, be sure to check out Nate Silver's exclusive NEWSWEEK timeline of "what to watch for" this evening. Here's a sneak peek: 6 PM EST.

The View from Brooklyn

I left the house to vote at 6:30 this morning--and here's what greeted me at the corner of St. John's and Sixth Ave. in Park Slope, Brooklyn. "I've been voting here for 20 years," one guy told me. "Usually, you just walk right in." Another fellow--slightly older--interrupted. "I've been voting here for 30 years," he added. "Never seen anything like this." Now, my neighborhood--a patchwork of aging Bobos, deeply-rooted African-Americans, young creative types, yupster families and lots and lots...

'It Will Be Fun to See How the Story Ends'

(Alex Brandon / AP)En route last night to Chicago, Barack Obama came to the back of O-Force One to chat with his traveling press corps, which includes reporters who've barely returned home for 21 months.

The Filter: Nov. 4, 2008... Election Day Edition

A round-up of this morning's must-read stories. NOW GO VOTE!AFTER EPIC CAMPAIGN, VOTERS GO TO THE POLLS(Adam Nagourney, New York Times)The 2008 race for the White House that comes to an end on Tuesday fundamentally upended the way presidential campaigns are fought in this country, a legacy that has almost been lost with all the attention being paid to the battle between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama.

Dixville Notch Votes!

(Cheryl Senter / AP) The polls opened shortly after midnight in the tiny, isolated village in northeastern New Hampshire that has cast the first presidential ballots in every election since 1960.

Obama's Grandmother Passes Away

  Barack Obama's 86-year-old grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died from cancer only ten days after the candidate put his campaign on hold to visit her in Hawaii--and only one day before he stands for election to the presidency of the United States.

November's (Not-So-Surprising) Surprises

 November: it's the new October. In a normal election year, the 10th month is the time for surprises--that is, the last-minute slips, blips and/or cataclysmic events with the greatest potential, by virtue of their last-minuteness, to influence the election's outcome.

The Official Stumper Election Pool

Ladies and gentlemen, we're now taking bets. Electoral College totals. Popular vote percentages. Democratic pickups in the House and the Senate. I'll post mine here (and add predictions from other New York Newsweekers as they come in).

Can McCain Battle Back to 270?

Twenty-four hours. Thirteen states. And only one of them is typically considered blue. If you want to get a sense of how steep a climb John McCain faces in the final day of the 2008 presidential campaign, forget about the national polls.

Forty, Forty, Forty-Eight Hours to Go...

Welcome to Standard time... and the last 48 hours of the 2008 presidential race. Here's what I'm reading (and watching) this morning: 1. Adam Nagourney's bird's-eye view of the final sprint, via the New York Times. "Mr.

Ad Hawk: McCain's 'Troubling' Association

For the past five months or so, Barack Obama relentlessly harped on a single message: You don't like George W. Bush. John McCain is George W. Bush. So vote for me instead.In contrast, McCain has careened between at least eight different themes--in the past 48 hours alone.

Halloween Special: The Scary Prospect of Life After the Campaign

The end is nigh. For political junkies, the prospect of going cold turkey on Nov. 4 is terrifying--understandably so. In a new series for, a group of the magazine's political scribes went on camera to discuss life after Election Day--including yours truly.

Mixed Messages on the McCain Ground Game

Everyone knows that Barack Obama has built an unprecedented Democratic field organization this election cycle. But the big question as Nov. 4 approaches is how well McCain--who trails by massive margins in the money race and has invested far fewer resources in field offices and get-out-the-vote efforts--will be able to mobilize his voters.

The Filter: Oct. 31, 2008... Halloween Edition

A round-up of this morning's must-read stories. WHICH OBAMA WOULD AMERICA GET? (Stuart Taylor, National Journal) The first Obama has sometimes seemed eager to engineer what he called "redistribution of wealth" in a 2001 radio interview, along with the more conventional protectionism, job preferences, and other liberal Democratic dogmas featured in his campaign.

Joe the No-Show

From John McCain's rally this morning in Defiance, Ohio: [youtube:j1TT7gt5F0w] Where was Joe, you ask? Perhaps he was meeting with his new, Nashville-based manager, Jim Della Croce.

Is McCain on the Comeback Trail?

(Stephan Savoia / AP) Could McCain be--brace yourself, people--coming back? That's the argument members of hopeful right (and paranoid left) are making this afternoon.

What's Next? A Black Cat?

Over at Sprint to the Oval, my NEWSWEEK colleague Holly Bailey has some ominous color from the McCain caravan. Sign of trouble? Or mere coincidence? We report, you decide: If a reporter wanted to craft a dire lede about the final days of John McCain's campaign, the signs are coming in droves—although it's something more akin to a satirical movie like "Airplane!" or "Hot Shots." It all started on Monday, when McCain's motorcade had to pull over almost immediately upon arrival in Fayetteville,...

Obama's Presidential Dress Rehearsal

[youtube:GtREqAmLsoA] When Ross Perot pioneered the half-hour presidential-campaign infomercial back in 1992, he used pie charts to make his points. Last night, Barack Obama relied on apple pie instead.

The Filter: Oct. 30, 2008

A round-up of this morning's must-read stories. DEMOCRATS VIE TO SHAPE AN OBAMA LEGISLATIVE AGENDA(Jonathan Weisman, Wall Street Journal)Democrats inside Sen.

The Khalidi Connection

Posting over at her new Sprint to the Oval blog, my NEWSWEEK colleague Holly Bailey reports on the McCain campaign's outrage du jour--i.e., demanding that the Los Angeles Times release a video (mentioned in its own pages last April) that captures Obama's remarks at a 2003 banquet honoring Rashid Khalidi, a Columbia University professor and Palestinian scholar who has been critical of Israel.

An Obama Landslide? Watch These States.

Call them the Icing States. The candidates aren't visiting. The reporters aren't calling. And the rest of the country barely knows they exist. With six days until Nov. 4, the political world is focusing on traditional battlegrounds like Florida, where both Barack Obama and John McCain are campaigning today—and understandably so.