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Barack Obama

Barack Obama

The networks aren’t quit ready to do it yet, and maybe they shouldn’t. But we’re not mass media, so why not: Democrat Barack Obama will be the next president. The numbers tonight show he will win the race.

As this is written – 6:58p Pacific – CNN gives Obama 199 electoral votes, from such states as Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan and – from the west – New Mexico. He is sure to get the Pacific coastal votes from California (55), Oregon (7), Washington (11) and Hawaii (4), which total 73. Obama appears to be ahead in Florida and other states, but if he won no more than the CNNs and the Pacifics, he has crossed the 270 threshold.

Game over.

In another couple of hours, on to the Northwest races . . .

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