posted on Nov, 1 2008 @ 12:39 PM
Given the polls, that's hardly surprising. Still, virtually all of the polls are based upon Democratic turnout overwhelming Republican turnout
and in most cases are spotting the Dems close to a 10 point advantage. But even in the 2006 midterms, the gap was only 2 points, 38D 36R. This
is certainly something to keep in mind, given that Obama is performing at or below the Dem affiliation advantage in the polls.
My prediction? McCain pulls off the upset. The overall popular vote percentages will be about 50-47 in his favor, the electoral vote 282-256.
If he loses both Pennsylvania and Virginia early in the night, however, he's in serious trouble and would be highly unlikely to win.
Obama's problem is the same that Dems have had for 20 years: rural and smaller town white voters lean solidly Republican. No Democrat, not even
Bill Clinton, has garnered more than 43% of the white vote in that time period, if you believe CNN's exit polls. Even those were unusual election
years given Perot's impact on both races. Mathematically, Obama will need about 42% of the white vote, at minimum, in order to win the
election. At 45%, he wins fairly convincingly. At 40% would be a Dukakis-like disaster. As you can see, the window is small. He's currently
polling in the mid 40s. I expect him to be on the borderline when the votes are counted and will actually tally 41 or 42% of the white vote, which
would be a difficult gap to overcome.
And before someone whines about racism, again, the Democratic party has had major problems with white voters for at least a couple of decades now,
at least in presidential elections.
[edit on 1-11-2008 by vor78]