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 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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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,...

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.

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