What does an electoral landslide look like?
It is hard to believe that John McCain should be worried about a 52-33 lead in a Utah poll--until one considers that that is just ...
It is hard to believe that John McCain should be worried about a 52-33 lead in a Utah poll--until one considers that that is just about exactly the margin by which Bob Dole carried that state in 1996, when he lost nationally by 220 electoral votes. Current President Bush took 67% and 71% of the vote in the Beehive State.
Barack Obama has a widely publicized money advantage; most national polls show him with a slim but solid lead; he holds a two-to-one prediction market advantage at Intrade; and he may able to challenge in states like Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia that have been considered "red' in recent elections.
Perhaps more impressively, Obama shows surprising strength even in states, like Utah, that are all-but locks to be in the McCain column. Consider Alaska, where a Democrat hasn't taken more than 36% of the vote since 1968; Obama is within shouting distance in a recent poll (albeit a Democratically-funded one). Senator Obama isn't likely to win there, of course, but it does lend credence to the idea that John McCain may carry only Republican fortresses--and that the rest of the slate could be a Democratic wave.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
States Trying to Tax E-Cigarettes1 day ago
Are Californians Getting Over Their Vaccination Fears?1 day ago
In Effort to Gain Notice, Cities Build Increasingly Strange-Looking Buildings1 day ago
Chris Christie Got a Lot of Presents as Governor1 day ago
The Week in Public Finance: Puerto Rico Update, a Comeback for Cities and Calls for Transparency1 day ago
In Annual Address, Gov. Markell Highlights Education and Drug Addiction1 day ago