October 30th, 2008
02:06 PM ET

How close is the White House race to being over?


This CNN Electoral Map shows Barack Obama's lead, if the Election was held today. (PHOTO CREDIT: CNN.COM)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The signs are increasingly ominous that John McCain's dream of being president is just about over. In one battleground state after another, Barack Obama's lead continues to grow. CNN's electoral map has been adjusted to suggest that if the election were held today, Barack Obama would get 291 electoral votes - it takes 270 to win - while John McCain would get just 163 - leaving 84 electoral votes up for grabs.

Barack Obama holds substantial leads in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Colorado and Virginia… all red states won by President Bush in 2004.

Obama also leads in Florida and North Carolina .

The Associated Press quotes GOP consultant Tom Rath in New Hampshire where McCain trails by double digits as saying the race is all but over, quote, "I get the sense it's shutting down," unquote.

AP also cites a senior GOP aide in Congress speaking on condition of anonymity as saying McCain advisers are now being asked by some Republican leaders to focus McCain's travel on states with close senate races… essentially abandoning his White House ambitions to help re-elect GOP Senators.

Here’s my question to you: How close is the White House race to being over?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

John writes:
I wish that I could believe it's over. I know, however, that the Republicans are capable of subverting the will of the people. What will it be this year? Probably not hanging chads, the Supreme Court, or screwed up polls in Ohio, but it will be something. So, I guess, put me in the column of knowing that Obama has the votes to win but the Republicans have the machinery in place to steal this election.

Dee from Antioch, California writes:
The race isn't over! It won't be over until all the polling stations close, and the last votes are counted. Also, there has been a new candidate introduced into the election. The new candidate is called "Voting Machines". Can we trust that our true vote will be counted?

Shannon from Thomasville, Georgia writes:
The race for the White House was over once John McCain's campaign unleashed Sarah Palin. She killed McCain's chances for the office of the presidency once she opened her mouth and nothing-save nonsense-starting coming out.

Art from Miller Place, New York writes:
McCain's presidential bid ended on September 15th when the economy tanked.

Kris writes:
If the polls are correct we are doomed, but I have faith that they aren't. It's pretty un American to delay the World Series last night for someone who isn't even the President. Some might think it's in the bag but, it isn't over until the fat lady sings!

Fred writes:
I think we can all read body language pretty good. Mc Cain has acquired the posture of a loser and his partner, Tinkerbell, is off sewing seeds for 2012.

Gary from North Carolina writes:
The Fat lady, her Fat husband and all the little Fat children have sung.

Filed under: 2008 Election • Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (433 Responses)
  1. Richard McKinney, Texas

    Let me put it this way Jack. Elvis has left the building!!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  2. PJ

    It is just about over. The fat lady is warming up to sing.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  3. Patrick from Maryland

    Jack –

    It was over 2 weeks after McCain picked Palin as his running mate and America realized she is not Hillary Clinton.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  4. john A.

    hey jack it is so over, the old saying its not over until the fat lady sings...well the fat lady is in bed an asleep ....

    October 30, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  5. Sherrol in Canada

    The fat lady is on her last verse!!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  6. Landor Maiar from Sweden

    It´s not over until the fat lady sings. Obama may have huge popular support however republicans are notorious voters. If democrats get confident Obama will win and don't vote the presidency is McCains.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  7. Marge in New Port Richey, Florida

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know all about how "it ain't over 'til it's over" but IT'S OVER. And if somehow Obama does not win on Tuesday then either everyone who has anything to do with the polls is an idiot or we are a country full of closet racists. I pray neither of those things are true.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  8. Adrian of the Virgin Islands

    Jack, McCain might as well just quit now, at least he can retain some dignity in his loss.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  9. Jacqueline Oates, NC

    So close for Barack Obama and hopefully it won't be snatched from him by the evil-doers, Republicans.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  10. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Jack, this race was over when Ali Velshi came on and started telling people that a good place to invest their money was their mattress.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  11. Venia PA

    It's been over for most of this country. Thank GOD Nov 4 is around the corner, I can't take much more of this. Especially the lies out of mccain and palin's mouthes. Each day they come up with something new. Today they are back to saying Obama is a muslim, tommorrow they will claim he is a communist. By next tuesday they might elevate him to Osama bin laden. What nonsense!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  12. Elizabeth

    The monkies have left the castle, the witch has melted, and Dorothy has been handed the broom. The Guy from Kansas wins!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  13. Bruce in OR

    The Fat Lady may not be singing, but I think I hear here clearing her throat. Barack On!!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  14. Brady

    I would say that the election hasn't been decided for certain yet (a McCain upset is possible, but nor probable). I don't think we'll know until Election Night itself.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  15. Sarah Louise

    It's not over until all the votes are counted and Obama is declared the winner. The democrats still have to make sure they 'get out the vote' and that they minimise the republicans efforts to surpress voter turnout. The best way to ensure they win is for all democrats to vote – there can't be any room for complacency. The bigger the margin of victory the better – if its a close win for Obama the GOP will definately cry foul.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  16. Liz in Towson, MD

    Sadly, no–and that's what scares me about this country.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  17. andy

    In terms of momentum this one is over by a landslide. But all of the kings horses and all the kings men won't mean Jack (see what I did there) if people don't vote. All the polls, research, campaigning, debates, and decisions won't mean anything if people don't actually vote. SO GO VOTE and let's get this overwith already.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  18. Mikr Moscoe

    Not nearly close enough. Would you nice folks in the media please, Please not start the 2012 race on November 5, 2008.

    Mike. Vancouver, WA

    October 30, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  19. John in Atlanta, GA

    The fat lady has sung and she's ready to put on the mu-mu and get into the warm milk and cookies. This is a tragic end to a campaign that never could find a message. We realize that the nwes media has to attempt to make it look good and honor the fact that it ain't over. But Ray Charles in the middle of the night can see this one is done.

    The Mavericks can now go and ride off into the sunset......

    October 30, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    Five days and a few GOP computer geeks to flip votes.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  21. Jane (Minnesota)

    Whatever the remaining time the CNN countdown clock has on it. The voters decide! Overconfidence can be a dangerous thing. Please be sure to get out and actually vote & not just talk about it!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  22. Tina (Texas)

    Turn out the lights the parties over and it cannot come soon enough for we the American people. Each day I get online I see where more and more companies are laying off. We could have used the money on the war to rebuild both New Orleans and Galveston and built decent homes for everyone to live in.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  23. Doris/St. Louis, MO

    5days and 1 vote for OBAMA!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  24. Larry in Florida

    I count somewhere around 5 days. Thank God. Maybe we can stop calling one another idiots because of who the other person is voting for. Bottom line is no matter who wins we better all stick together and get our country back on it's feet. Hearing some bad rumors about what is going to happen if one party or the other wins. I'm praying they're not true because we need to get together and make things better. Elections are the American way and after Nov. 4th lets start acting like Americans.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  25. T. Rodney Tatum, South Florida

    Five days....Wait! It may be over now. It is not a stretch to think that thirty percent of registered voters have casted their ballots in early voting states. There have been many a election when the race was called by the media with 30% of the vote reported.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  26. mitchell ,arkansaw

    its been over since the day mccain picked miss alaska, the baby polar bear- mitten wearing, moose shootin, caribou skinnin', wolf-killin',[ from a plane], pitbull, in lipstick and designer clothes to the tune of some folks average 5-year income, mavericky ,youbetcha, current gov. of alaska, who has been found to be an abuser of her powers.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  27. bill in PA

    No, sorry to say the election is far too close to have any confidence that the tide has turned in either candidates favor.
    Many voters will not tell pollsters how they will really vote. Too many ways to manipulate the results are waiting behind the scenes where we can not see them.
    The effect of the rumors, smears and lies yet to be unleashed is all too predictable.
    Our system of representing the wealthy and redistributing the money from the middle to the top is not done yet. The seats on the gravy train are far too profitable to share.
    It would take a massive landslide to unseat the incumbents and McSame who is scheduled to give us four more years of deficit spending to keep us safe from Bin Laden and his AK-47. (The fact there is NO evidence that he is alive and less that if he is he is a threat to anyone goes unreported.)

    October 30, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  28. Joe in Ohio

    Forget the 'Bradley' effect; I'm worried about the "It's in the bag" effect. If voters think this thing is over, they may decide not to bother to take time off of work and stand in lines. It ain't in the bag yet folks. Make sure to vote and get your friends out there too. Imagine thinking for the next four years, "Gee, we came really close, close to having middle class tax cuts, close to having health insurance, close to getting out of Iraq, close to investing in alternative energy." Close means nothing but misery.
    Joe in Ohio ( not that looney Joe the plumber dork though)

    October 30, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  29. JD in NH

    Considering the voter suppression and questionable voting machines that do not issue a paper receipt, I won't believe the election is over until Obama is sworn into office.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  30. Bill the machinist, Quarryville, Pa

    Like one famous baseball player once said " it's not over until it's over." if I was a betting man I would bet on Obama. Having said that I was one of the many people who picked the colts to beat the jets in Super Bow lII.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  31. Dennis, Columbus, Ohio

    Other than talking about why we should fear Obama, John McCain hasn't told me very much about what he will do for the American people. It has been over since John doesn't talk to me/us about real issues.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  32. Jeff Brenneman

    Here's the "duh" answer, Jack: 5 days. Let's not forget that the votes have to ACTUALLY be cast. We all have to follow through on our part of the deal if we want to get the outcome that we want. Don't stay home just because the polls say one way or the other who the winner is "probably" going to be. Get your lazy butt off the couch and GO VOTE, because it's not over until the polls close on November 4th.

    Jeff Brenneman
    Sturgis, MI

    October 30, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  33. David in San Diego

    It is, in effect, over already. Technically, it might not "be over" until all the conservative legal challenges to voter eligibility get resolved (two weeks?), but unless the electoral college difference is very small, it will be accepted as an Obama victory by 11 p.m. Pacific time on election night.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  34. kenneth sibbett

    It's been told that if Humprey would had one more day to campaign that Nixon would have lost and Watergate would just be a hotel. With the Bradley effect, If I was Obama I would't change the White House towels just yet

    Kenneth Chadbourn N.C.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  35. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    It should be 5 and 1/2 days away – providing that there is no monkey business with the vote tally. In this day and technological age,who can tell?

    October 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  36. Ingrid, new york

    i have been around a while, a die hard democrat from new york who voted for mcgovern and mondale and humphrey and carter (got the picture), i have been around for many assasinations and most recently i have seen what i never thought would be possible in the USA- stolen elections. so, you ask how close is the election to being over? not until the last vote is counted jack, not until john mccain gives that concession speech, not until i see barak obama's final numbers and see him give that speech. i would like to say it looks like its over for mccain, but i cannot allow myself to be unabashedly hopeful. note that i do love seeing others be totally hopeful!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  37. Frank from Peterborough

    The election for President was over the minute the GOP chose John McCain to be their candidate. McCain had to forsake all his life long credentials to woo the extreme right wingers and it just doesn't fit the mold.

    Besides most people have figured out being a POW doesn't a President make you need some other sound ideas to lead a country in the 21st century.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  38. Paula

    I'll be glad when we can send Palin back to Alaska and since McCain loves war so much he should be sent to iraq.As far as Joe the phoney plumber he has his recording contract so he don't care about any of them.Obama and Biden will be busy fixing this Republican mess.And Faux news will lose all those psycho viewers they had temporarily.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  39. Don in Centennial CO

    It was over when McCain picked Caribou Barbie.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  40. Judie from St. Augustine, Fl.

    It will be over if and when McCain ever decides to concede. If his campaign arrogance is an indicator the race might not ever be over at least for McCain, because he is a "few" points down and he can win it, just ask him. I wonder what he will call the voters if and when he loses. I betcha he won't be calling them "my friends".
    A proud early Obama/Biden voter!
    St. A8ugustine, Fl

    October 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  41. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    When we finally see someone else in the White House other than a Republican and Congress gets a new slate.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  42. Ed

    I'm looking for a candidate that is an "inexperienced muslim socialist that associates with terrorists and the PLO". What a joke the accusations have become. Even McCain can't keep up with them anymore. Geeeez!!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  43. Kevin

    Jack, bearing something dramatic happens. It's all over for McCain. High early voting turnout is giving Obama a huge advantage, and most people by now have already made up their minds on who they'd like to vote for.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  44. PC from Atlanta

    Until Mr. Diebold says its over!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  45. Karin in Kansas

    It is not over until all the votes are counted. The Republicans are just drooling in anticipation of the media saying it is all but over for McCain so a lot of Democrats will think their vote isn't going to make a difference, Obama already won, and they won't bother to vote. PLEASE EVERYONE!!! Assume nothing. Go out and vote regardless of who you are voting for, so no one can call foul and there will be an increased legitamacy to this election. It is soooo important.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  46. Esther/ Baltimore

    Jack, I am so glad you are back first of all. If the Republicans and who ever else steal elections with them try to snatch this from us. all I can say is god help us. It's over for the republicans and they just have to face it.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  47. Rosalynd Florida

    The Fat lady is singing. Bye Bye McCain!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  48. Pat_Pinehurst NC

    It was over before it began. Before McCain made the huge gaffe of choosing Palin, he had already decided to not be himself. He made the decision to embrace the radical right,– those who should be called the "Christian wrong" because they talk the talk but don't live Christian values. He recognized them as devisive in 2000 but thought he would try the square peg in the round hole this go around.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  49. Joe Sefus, Jersey

    . . . Five Days and Counting, Jack.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  50. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: The race will be over when the fat lady sings.....and I heard from reliable sources that she has increased her practicing sessions.....how close is the race for the White House to being over...it will be over on Tuesday Noon, November 5th...that is when the fat lady has scheduled her concert.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  51. Mike in Oakland

    Obama has put this one away. The only thing left to learn is the final score.

    As Laker announcer Chick Hearn used to say, "This game's in the refrigerator: the door is closed, the lights are out, the eggs are cooling, the butter's getting hard, and the Jell-O's jigglin'!"

    October 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  52. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    Been over for a couple weeks, Jack. But you know the old saying: "It ain't over til the fat lady sings... or until the losing party can't believe that they possibly lost and demands a recount of votes in a random state, and cause yet another huge election controversy"

    October 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  53. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Although Barack Obama has a reasonably comfortable margin at this point, I'm in favor of delaying the celebrations until the official results are in. Yogi was right: "It ain't over till it's over". John McCain likely saved his filthiest attacks for last.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  54. Gloria

    I agree-"It ain't over 'til it's over, but it surely looks like Obama is ahead, and I am thrilled!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  55. barbara in Tacoma

    this is for walter b.Tell me one thing John Mccain has done to help this country. I have a daughter serving in Iraq right nows and you knowI would rather have Obama as commander in chief leading these soldiers than John Mccain.He scares the hell out of me,he will be very dangerous for these soldiers.he also voted against raising the mininum wage19 times, he also voted against benefits for soldiers coming home, I could go on but as a mother of an officer I fear for all that are serving over there, because John Mccain will never bring them home, he will only send more.


    October 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  56. Dave From Ohio

    I don't trust our system anymore. I got three words for you Jack George Walker Bush need I say more.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  57. Dave from Prospect Bay, Nova Scotia

    it's just about a done deal. The polls depend on the political persuation from whence they come. However check out the betting odds. McCain is 4 to 1 & Obama is 1 to 7. That speaks volumes!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  58. Janet, Canada

    It's over already. Count 'em. Even if the Republicans cheat again, Obama will win.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  59. Frank in Wisconsin

    Do not count McCain out, remember 2000 the supreme court is still
    in republican hands !

    October 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  60. Nivia/Florida

    For me it was over the moment Palin came into the picture. But for the undecided it should have been over after Obama's thirty minute well deserving ad yesterday. My God, I was never so sure of presidential candidate as I am of Obama. I had tears on my eyes watching and listening to him speak. Although I know he is his own person. All I though of was of John Kennedy!! What a class act. After all the horrible racism and talks of hatred among some Republicans, he is untouchable. He cares and he will be a formidable President. I cannot get enough of him. God Bless you Barack Obama. Your mother would be so proud!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  61. carol in Oregon

    I hope it will be over by 6:00 p.m. pacific time and I don't have to hear the Democrats cry foul again for another 4-8 years. If the Republicans loose I hope they take it like a grown-up. And next election don't try to make a financing deal with the democrate candidate for pres. It seems thy don't keep there word.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  62. George

    It has been a one horse race before any horses were ever named in my book. Once we blundered into Iraq, I made my decision never to vote for a party who thrives on war, and depends on it to win elections with scare tactics. No Republican will ever get my vote unless they change their deceitfulness.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  63. Michael and Diane Phoenix AZ

    Obama doesn't think it's over yet. He is smart enough to keep pushing for people to vote, help others get to the polls, etc. You don't hear the McCain camp saying that do you? We voted via mail, but I don't know if we trust this State since it was the Sec of State that said she "will do whatever it takes" to get McCain elected...sounds like Blackwell of Ohio in 2004.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  64. Brian Becker

    Hopefully very soon, because I've literally had nightmares about the election. If McCain somehow pulls this off, I'll be living that nightmare. Here's hoping that doesn't happen. November 4th couldn't come any faster for me.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  65. Lorraine (Knoxville)

    Jack, I agree with Larry in Florida!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  66. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    that all depends.... how many recounts in Florida, how many in Ohio, and how many pin-head lawyers can get standing to sue in the Supreme Court.
    Arlington, Texas

    October 30, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  67. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    About 5 days and about 3 court challenges.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  68. Louis, Los Angeles

    Hey leave the fat lady out of this! Just send Palin home packing!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  69. Diane Memphis

    Not until the last vote is counted!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  70. Vinnie Vino


    Barring any tricks or cheats by the GOP in the key swing states suppressing voter turn out the race is finally over, all but for the official vote on November 4...

    C.I., New York

    October 30, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  71. clarence jonesville

    This election is a long way from being over the numbers on the poll likes great but they are of no value until after Nov 4.So people dont get carried away about these polls get out there and vote,try make these polls become a reality.Dont depend on other people to do your part get out there or face more years of the same mess.Vote for a change that we all can live with even the ones that gather those palin rallies,mccain no idea whats happening,she has nearly sold mccain out for her own agenda,then again he was using her first We will hear all about it if Sen O wins

    October 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  72. Jack in Fontana, CA

    Jack, Remember when Tim Russert said it would come down to Florida, Florida, Florida? Prediction: Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania. McCain has to win in Ohio, Florida, AND Pennsylvania– or either Ohio or Florida with Virginia, alongside Penn–to pull this off. Unlike Giuliani's weak strategy to win the primary by getting Florida (which wouldn't have worked if he had won it), McCain's electoral strategy could work. The problem is, that he really needs a best 3 out of four scenario that includes a traditionally blue state. So the odds are against him, but it's still a possibility

    October 30, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  73. teri from Mi.

    I don't know, but I know I want it to be. I can't remember a time when I was so afraid what would happen if my choice lost. Please someone reassure me Sarah Palin will not get within 10 feet of the White House so I can sleep at night.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  74. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Basically as far as the outside world is concerned it was over the day it began after 8 years of tyranny and stupidity.

    Now the only thing the outside world is looking at are the final results to use as a guage of the intellect of the average American citizen which will ge graded by the size of the Obama victory.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  75. Lila

    It's over for me. Obama has won; and if it turns out God forbid that McCain wins- I hope Obama does not recede and demands a recount- over and over and over until he (Obama ) is declared President uf the Untied States. That's when it's over.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  76. Paul

    It has been over for a good while and now for sure. With McBitter spouting false statements that some fool told him to say has just sealed the deal for Obama.
    Round Rock, Texas

    October 30, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  77. Pat,Clearwater Florida

    I believe it will be over when the votes are counted. I live in Florida
    so anything goes, voter tampering, nasty robot calls, and stopping
    eligible voters from voting. Hopefully the election will be dicided
    with out our state.!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  78. Edna

    It was over when the money was tallied. The American people have voted with their pocketbooks. Obama has the resources because we have decided we would rather give our small donations to him. The voting is a necessary formality.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  79. Debra ~ California

    As far as I'm concerned, It will not be over until the last vote is counted! I am still making telephone calls for the Obama campaign. We must not rest on our laurels!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  80. linda n carolina

    I'd like to believe that it's over, but never ever underestimate the voter who is notorious for voting against his better interests.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  81. Peta

    Barbara in Tacoma..Thank your daughter for her service. I don't know many parents that LIKE to see their off spring put in harms way. You daughter seems to differ in your assessment.

    The difference between McCain and Obama is that McCain wants to win. Obama wants to run. Let me put this in a framework you can appreciate. If you stand up to bullies at school, they back down. If you give in, they just keep picking at you because they know they are safe.

    Obama would make our enemies feel safe in bring the conflict here.

    Celebrate the wisdom of your daughter.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  82. Connie, Chicago, Illinois

    The race to the WH was over September 15, 2008, the day the ecnomy hemorraged, and took a huge nose-dive. McCain has played the Bee-Gees' song, "Stayin' Alive", so long that he came to believe the lyrics. He has floated and wandered across the American landscape too long spreading his insanity while practicing gutter politics. Finally, in 5 days it's coming to an end. The American people will suffer no longer.

    Thank you and "Good Night, Mrs. Calabash."

    October 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  83. Linda in Florida

    I have my fingers and toes crossed for Barack, but I have not forgotten about 2000 and 2004. The Republicans could steal this one too.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  84. Christine, Upstate NY

    My confidence in the Obama/Biden team cannot alter the fact that not one single thing in this mercurial world is a sure thing. The polls can project patterns, even reasonable likelihoods, but I'm not trusting the certainty of anything until Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  85. Joe in DE

    5 days, per Yogi Bera. If you mean who will win, Obaqma has it lose.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  86. Ex-Republican

    It's close to being over, but don't get cocky... VOTE! you're voice makes a difference, BE HEARD! Hopefully the republiCONs wont STEAL the White House again like Bush did. I PRAY that this election will be handled in a fair and honest manner.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    October 30, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  87. Betty

    It will never be over not as long as there is Democrates and Republicans in office. Betty, Dublin, Georgia

    October 30, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  88. Don from Florida

    With the latest nail in nthe coffin mishap from good ol' "Joe The plummer" not showing up to the rally, McCain clearly shows he's better at puppet shows than running the greatest country on earth... Stick a fork in him he's done!!

    Vote Early everyone... Go Obama!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  89. Terri from Southwest Virginia

    My fear is it won't be over until late Tuesday night or even later. I would have more faith in our voting system if we weren't relying so heavily on software and machines with no paper trail.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  90. Dwayne Brown

    Not close enough. Wake me up when the singing pig with lipstick is here.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  91. Fred in Seattle

    The day that McCain picked Palin over Romney, he lost this election. The campaign is all about the economy and the strongest person to help McCain in that category was Romney.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  92. Leroy from Houston,Tx.

    Unfortunately Barack does not have a big enough lead to pacify me. The Republicans are notorius for their "October surprises" so to me it's not over until Wolf tells me it is!! I just hope and pray that it is over!!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  93. Lynn, Republican for Obama

    Worse case scenerio – add the hours from now (11:40 AM Pacific) until the last polling place closes next Tuesday (Hawaii time), plus 2 days for the electoral votes and then we wait for a Supreme Court decision.

    Best case scenerio – the electorial votes are secure no later than next Wed. – we can but hope!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  94. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    It may be over as far as the voter is concerned, but we can`t forget about those tricky dicks. The GOP has there finger on the flip trigger.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  95. Malka D. Oceanside CA

    don't be jinxing us its not over til its over

    October 30, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  96. Barb in Arizona

    It was over when voters realized the difference between Sarah Palin and a pit bull really is the lipstick.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  97. Joan, Ontario

    Your elections are never really over until the last chad is counted, the last voter fraud accusations are dealt with and the Supreme Court has its say. Don't trust the Republicans. They might have a foreign policy "October surprise" up their sleeves. Maybe they will magically catch Bin Laden or McCain will save the country from some foreign policy problem. It has happened before. I hope I'm wrong but I wouldn't be surprised.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  98. Randy-Alaska

    It was over when the "Country First", campaign turned into the, "Slash and Burn", campaign for McCain and the, "Me First", campaign for Sarah Palin.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  99. richard a. winkler

    It's never over until it's over.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  100. EEClay georgia

    Jack the fat lady is singing and I'm loving what I'm hearing can you hear it now?

    October 30, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  101. Annie Kraft Naples FL

    It cant be over soon enough for me. This primary and election has been a boring drag and way too long. There hopefully will be changes to shorten the next primary and election.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  102. Roxanne

    President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. Music to my ears. The fat lady sang months ago.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  103. Donald in Oberlin, LA

    Jack, I think it's over. Bill Clinton wrapped this election up for Obama last night. Everyone remembers how great things were when we last had a democratic president. Il sant parti!(Let the good times roll!)

    October 30, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  104. Ben

    As Yogi said, it ain't over till its over.

    Gaithersburg, MD

    October 30, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  105. Martin, GA

    For me it is over. I cast my vote! Now we have to wait for November 4th, the recounts, the lawsuits and so on.....

    October 30, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  106. Mike Ryan

    It's a closed deal. Democrats and Obama shall have a landslide victory without any doubts whatsoever.
    Snellville, GA

    October 30, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  107. Jackson

    Last I checked, 5 days, Jack.

    Fat lady singing and all that jazz.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  108. John in Arizona

    Fortunately, the race will be over in five days – but only because Obama will win in a landslide, thus avoiding the election being dragged out for several more days in the courts.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  109. Howard M. Bolingbrook IL

    It is being covered very closely. Closer now than any other time in my lifetime and I'm 60 years old. I enjoy politics more now than ever.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  110. Anne, Silver Spring, MD

    It's over as long as current Obama supporters vote. McCain made three big mistakes: (1) choosing a running made who has no understanding of the issues; (2) identifying middle class as all those making less than half a million per year; and (3) negative campaigning, most especially in terms of what I call the "new McCarthyism." On this last issue I have a great concern. First it was Bill Ayers and now it is Rashid Khalidi. This is a new McCarthyism being ushered in by McCain-Palin, one where "guilty by association" is applied to terrorism and socialism rather than communism. Am I responbsible for the stated thoughts and actions of every professor, classmate, and neighbor I have ever had? I would love to hear your thoughts on this, Jack.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  111. Marie-Ewing,NJ

    It's been over for this household Obama/Biden 08.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  112. Marilyn in Sedona, AZ

    McCain's speeches about not pulling out of the Iraq war as losers, but with victory, might not apply to the outcome of this election.

    I truly hope the people of this country have enough intuition and intelligence to realize that he is the wrong man for the job.
    The current world situation will require a more sensitive, even-tempered person like Obama who will be able to talk with other world leaders without getting angry and excited about the prospect of war...as McCain said he felt during the Bay of Pigs...that he was 'excited to go to war'.
    That's not what the world needs right now.

    I'm hopeful that the trend continues to keep going in the direction of Obama and my intuition says he is the perfect man for the job at this time.
    Now if this country could just get a grip on the election process and not have any major glitches on tuesday......well....that would make me proud!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  113. Mike

    I see a reformed man in Mr. Obama....
    We need definite intelligence in Washington for sure.
    This is a multicultural nation and Mr. Obama best represents that.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  114. Randy from PA

    It was over on the day of the meltdown and McCain said the fundaments of the economy are sound. Doesn't these closing moment remind you of the primarily between Obama and Clinton. We saw what happen at the end.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  115. Phil P. in NJ

    Jack, like Yogi's says, it's never over till it's over. Now is the time for the Obama campagin not to let up. Take nothing for granted. This race could possibly go down to the wire. If there were ever an historic vote in my lifetime, this is it. In the end, if the young voters 18-30 yrs old come out in record numbers, that could tip the scales in favor of Obama. Obama's proposed programs like energy, healthcare, education and infrastructure rebuilding favors them in the long run.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  116. Independent

    It is very, very close. But don't underestimate the Republicans. They have ways of changing vote counts. McCain, Palin and the Republicans are not done with their lies.

    But ... Republicans beware .... the Democrats have not brought out the big artillery yet. If necessary, they will bring up McCain's adultery, verbal abuse of Cindy, Keating Five scandal, McCain's suppression of records of POWs left in Vietnam, and other information that will prove the true deplorable character of John McCain.

    After 8 years of Bush & Company, I finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. Vote OBAMA/BIDEN!!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  117. Sonny in SC

    don`t forget! the supreme court is still very conservitive just like it was in 2000, when they appointed George W. bush

    October 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  118. nancy

    It's down to nail-biting time and I don't have much left. Let's wait and see on Nov. 5th. From the look of your blogs, Obama seems like he won!!

    Volunteering for the Obama campaign in the 11th hour tonight. Just been promoted to – tada – phone bank captain. Can't wait to call those red states.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  119. Jim


    With the latest changes to the CNN election map, there is no longer any credible path to the White House for McCain. Barring some last minute revelation that Obama kicked off his campaign with a fundraiser attended by bin Ladin, it's over.

    Reno, Nevada

    October 30, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  120. D. Rushing Texas

    5 DAYS Thank God

    October 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  121. sandy in ohio

    Jack, Its over on election day when the last poll closes. When the votes are counted , I hope Obama wins by a substantial margin because the other choice scares me. But on the bright side, if McCain looses then the Republican ticket for 2012 is set.; it will Palin and Joe Tthe Plumber. A match made in wacko heaven.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  122. Jeff Crocket

    It is closer than you think. Wednesday we will know.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  123. Gordon from NJ

    It's not over until the votes are counted. I know the media love landslides, come-backs, and upsets but a Presidential election is more important than your ad ratings. You should all just shut up, stop the pointless speculation one way or the other, and just wait for the voting to end. If that sounds boring, why don't you give us some world news for a change? Did you know there's a war in Afghanistan right now?

    October 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  124. voter in Kansas

    It's close, Jack, real close. But it ain't quite over. It ain't over till it's over as Yogi Berra said. We still have to vote. Go vote!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  125. Patricia

    How close is it to being over? Jack it was over for me when John McCain started to doing his robo-calls. I personally voted for Sen. Obama about 2 weeks ago. GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  126. sully, forest park ga

    well jack i dont know so i would rather wait for election night and see.We are talking about the republicains they are rats and will find a way to go in the hole.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  127. Andrea, Maryland

    It's not over until every last single vote is counted. Everyone has the right to vote for their candidate and not call the race in advance. That has backfired in the past, so let's not get cocky but continue to cheer on your fave candidates. Obama/Biden '08!!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  128. Melvin

    Jack, although it might look like Obama might have a big lead over McCain, it's important to keep in mind that a large number of votes still need to take place. Still, I strongly believe everyone is ready for a new phase in our country and it seems Obama might be it.

    Melvin A.
    Daytona Beach, FL

    October 30, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  129. Duke, Sarasota

    When Florida finishes counting all of the hanging chads, Jack.

    Just like last time.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  130. Carolyn

    From California...I can't hold by tongue anymore. McCains campaign
    has told me he's a warrior and nothing about where he stands on the issues but thats not enough to be a president.
    The negativity of his campaign has totally turned me off! His choice of
    Palin shows very bad judgement..

    October 30, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  131. Ken in NC

    It's over Jack. I voted last week. I just hope the Fat Lady doesn't try to sing. Caribou Barbie might try to shoot her.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  132. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    I would like to wake up tomorrow, it is Nov. 5th and our new president is Barack Obama, but I keep thinking about 2000, Can another injustice be the cards for the democrats? McCain looks like the cat that ate the canary, what is he and his group of cronies up to? That gives me nightmares.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  133. Daryl

    Landslide? You're kidding right? I thought CNN said that white people won't vote for a black/Arab man?

    October 30, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  134. Karen, Florida

    It will be over after Nov 4 (unless there are some voting snafu's)...

    "mesmerized.......and they wont even see it coming..."

    October 30, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  135. Jerry Foster

    It's over when you guys in the media discover that you now have to report the NEWS. I am really tired of having to read the script at the bottom of the screen to see what is happening in the world. I have rediscovered newspapers, because you have forgotten how to report news with clarity, integrity and in a succinct manner.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  136. John in Santa Barbara, CA

    Jack, In a perfect world, YES!!!! But otherwise, here is what we have to look out for. The Bradley effect, Thieving Rebublicans, George Bush might try to declare martial law, or Jesus might come.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  137. Muyiwa

    This race should of been over a long time ago, if Obama was white this would be a no contest. How can Americans even think of voting republican this time around. Its a no brainer. Vote Obama and its possible the economy might get better but if you vote McCain, you are voting for another four years of the last eight you have just had. Forget race, religion and what divides us, its time to vote using common sense. Imagine if Obama had picked Palin as his running mate? Its amazing McCain is still in with a chance considering the crisis.
    Barring any unforeseen circumstances Obama should win.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  138. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    It ain't over till it's over. I wonder what the GOP has up it's sleeve in the event they cannot steal this one. I'll bet there will be some kind of wrinkle to delay Obama taking office if he wins. After a 2 year, hard fought campaign, I think there will be some insipid nonsense holding things up by loser McCain.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  139. Marty

    The best way to answer this question is to look down on the right-hand corner of the CNN screen. Until that (very precise) countdown is at zero, it could still be anyone's race, regardless of what the pollsters are saying.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  140. rita m yogananda

    Hey Jack-

    Its a done deal.......deal or no deal


    October 30, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  141. Crystal O. New Market, AL

    Jack, the race is not over until November 4th after the last state poll closes. Now if you ask me who I think will win, I will proudly say, Barack Obama! In every race, the runner has to cross the finish line. The race isn't over until November 4th. As the days come to an end, Obama is looking more and more presidential, and McCain is looking more and more depressed. Go Obama/Biden '08. 😉

    October 30, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  142. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I won't know until I find out what color drapes Obama ordered for the White House.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  143. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    Five days!! That is why it is so important to show up and cast your ballot. If enough people vote, then maybe the results will be obvious beyond a reasonable doubt! Then, no matter how many chads are hanging, or voting machines are malfunctioning, we the people will decide this election!! It's long overdue!!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  144. Muyiwa Odeinde, A Nigerian Viewer

    This race should of been over a long time ago, if Obama was white this would be a no contest. How can Americans even think of voting republican this time around. Its a no brainer. Vote Obama and its possible the economy might get better but if you vote McCain, you are voting for another four years of the last eight you have just had. Forget race, religion and what divides us, its time to vote using common sense. Imagine if Obama had picked Palin as his running mate? Its amazing McCain is still in with a chance considering the crisis.
    Barring any unforeseen circumstances Obama should win

    October 30, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  145. JoeNY

    To Silver Spring,

    Obama made a choice and went out of his way to associate with the people in question and now claims that airing these associations is inappropriate, unfair or racist. Poor Obama.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  146. WakeUpPeople, NY

    Not over until we hear the golden words on November 4th, Obama Wins!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  147. Fran, Michigan

    It was over when McCain started using his robocalls. His negativeness and finger pointing overshadowed his campaign from day one. If this is what he considers a clean and honest campaign...I would hate to see what he considers a dirty and dishonest campaign. He's just an angry guy and we don't need that in the White House!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  148. Chris, Thousand Oaks Ca

    I'm hearing the fat lady warming up to Aloha, John. When McCain loses, here's why –

    1. He sold his soul to the radical right wing of the GOP
    2. He chose the demagogue, Sarah Palin, who is qualified to be nothing.
    3. It's the economy, stupid.
    4. He ran a horrible and dirty campaign
    5. He is out of touch with mainstream America
    6. The people will choose hope over fear
    7. He is too old, because of his choice of Palin

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 30, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  149. Vicky, Sacramento

    Jack – two words: five days.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  150. Andrew In Richmond, VA

    I think its over and Obama is the next President of The United States. I hope Obama will win by a landslide, an overwhelming victory, a blow out, and on Nov. 4th I hope you guys at CNN can call this thing by 8PM. I don't want a close controversial outcome, because I want the country to understand that the majority of the people want to move in the same direction, and I don't want the country to have to spend another month trying to figure out via the supreme court who is the next President.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  151. William P Boffa

    Florida has taken the right to vote and turned into a pain in the neck. For years I voted in New Jersey, go to booth close curtain, turn some switchs open curtain voted! They do not even have a straight party space on ballot! Just wanted to vent! Sorry!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  152. Scott H. of Houston, Texas

    The race was over after McCain's inexplicable and indenfensible choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate.

    If McCain feels he doesn't need to "defend" Palin as a choice, it shows he's lost control of his faculties. If he feels he must defend her, he's showing he made a political choice over a rational choice for America.

    He boxed himself in – a prison of his own making this time. Not the mark of a good strategist or warrior (qualities you might want to see in a president during war-time.)

    October 30, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  153. Paula (Indiana)

    Jack, I want to believe the pollsters and the colors on the electoral. I want to believe Obama is going to win. I live in Indiana and was thrilled when CNN turned our state yellow. This state hasn't voted for a Democrat since Lyndon Johnson in 1964! That makes me feel hopeful. I see hope in the poll numbers, I hear hope in his speeches, I feel hope knowing I voted, but the cynic in me has witnessed too much political debauchery over the years. Election 2000 is still a painful memory. It was a nightmare. It's like I am afraid to believe the best candidate could really win this time. So everynight I send up a prayer that Obama wins the election. My mind tells me he's going to win... I am just afraid to allow my heart to believe that it is true.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  154. Greg Oden

    it's not over until Nov. 5th. Get out and vote early. Do what's right for the country.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  155. nancy c

    I belive the race is in the home stretch. john mc cain should hang it up.when all you hear comming from he and sarah palian is venuim and hate. they attack Barack oboma on eveything. this race is not about the color of your skin or if you had any doings with certian people or his formar pastor. they are just mad that the mc cain campgian is loseing this race. sarah palian needs to sit down and shut up! she is not quilified to be a VP nor does she know what she is talking about. I can see russia from my house? give me a break. john mc cain gave it his best shot if he would have picked a better VP canadiate he might have had a better turn out.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  156. Joyce from Maryland

    Far from being over as I don't trust the polls, and I am concerned about the "undecided" voters who are likely Mccain voters. If all registered Obama supporters vote, then it is all over!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  157. Sara Bhatt

    I hope it is over. Even the thought of Mccain/Palin administration making me scared & lose my sleep. GOD HELP US !!. I putting my hopes on these first time voters to go vote on 4th in droves for Obama.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  158. Connie Canfield

    I noticed a CNN news feature on Oct. 30th about black voters can hardly wait to vote for Obama to get a black man in the Presidency. If a person would NOT vote for Obama BECAUSE he is black, you would call it RACIST .. . Then, if a person (probably black) would vote for Obama only because he IS BLACK,, then why is that not RACIST as well?

    October 30, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  159. Don (Ottawa)

    It's not over till it's over.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  160. Angela Tacoma Washington

    Jack, It was like watching a really good movie, you ate all the pop corn and candy, your cup is now empty, you have figure out the entire plot early, you know the good guy from the bad guy, the credits are about to roll, and unfortunately for John McCain it is the end...

    October 30, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  161. kenneth gloster

    Jack, I truly believethe presidential race was over 4 years ago when Bush won a second term and continued his distructive policies that put this nation in it's dire-straits position we now find ourselves. Some indicators along the way: the invasion of Iraq under false pretenses, the resignation of Colin Powell, John McCain picking Sarah Palin as a running mate and the straw that broke the camal's back was the economic crisis. Anybody that would opted for 4 more years of what Bush put us through is either a glutton for pain, ingorant or both. I am certain that once the American people see how electing O'bama president will bring the country together on so many levels, our nation will finally move toward greatness and realize it's full potential.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  162. Harrison - Mobile, Alabama

    Come on Jack, don't deny me with this one. It's a good one. Seriously. Approve my last comment. Do it. Come on. Do it. Do it. Please?

    October 30, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  163. Ron from SF

    It's soooo over for me! I already voted for Obama and am now leaving town for a holiday. I long ago planned an escape to avoid the Robo-Calls, person to person calls, knocks on the door and related election hype. After today's final Cafferty file, I'm not tuning in again until Election Night. At 8:45 Eastern, I'm going to switch to Faux and watch them loose it when they have to match CNN and call it for Obama. For years, I've looked forward to seeing that smug, arrogant Bill O'Reilly cry, when McSame gets what he's earned. CNN can pretend it's close, but mark my words, Obama will be over 350 and McSame will be lucky to get 170.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  164. Ed from Twin Bridges, Montana

    Depends on where you are. In this part of the country McCain is still leading, and even if Obama wins, it'll likely still be McCain country. Sad, but some folks don't know it's over even when it's over.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  165. F Machado - CT


    The party is over!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  166. john

    Paraphrase the great rogue Edwin Edwards of Louisiana, "The only way that Obama can lose this election is if they catch him in bed with a live boy or a dead girl."

    October 30, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  167. Elle from Pullman, WA

    As much as I would like to believe it's over, it isn't until election day. Kerry was up in the polls and he lost, so you never really know. But... I am quite confident Mr. Obama will win in a landslide!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  168. Susan From Gerogia

    Not soon enough. I have seen enough of McCain and Palin, and am disgusted with the nasty, bigoted and trashy e-mails I get about Obama. Doen't matter. I voted Obama yesterday!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  169. BKoi,

    Let's put it this way , " if ", My raise was due , and the boss took me out to dinner to give it to me, the neighbors dog did his business in his own yard, every lite on the Chrismas tree worked , and my husband gave me that perfect gift Dec.25th, then this election "should" be over , and Barack would have a new pair of shoes!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  170. Willow, Iowa

    Mi mi mi mi mi!!! Oh sorry, its not time for the fat lady to sing. Seriously as Barack says and we all know, we need to be alert and work until the very end of this election. I've thought often that if McCain wins it will be a fight state by state. but if Obama wins, it will be a landslide. We just have to work and keep working for five more days.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  171. Lois

    I don't know how anyone in their right mind can vote for Palin. She is the most stupid person ever!! McCain and Palin is all about fight fight fight. Don't we teach our children to settle disputes without fighting? So why as a country can't we try and settle conflicts without fighting? Obama all the way!!! He is the only candidate that has any sense.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  172. C from Illinois

    As a lifer Repub..I am TOTALLY voting for Obama...
    I have to say that that John McCain is a joke and Sarah Palin is the Joker..


    October 30, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  173. will brizendine

    When Mr MCain SAID he wasnt going too aprove the bail out if it had ear marks, he wouldnt sign it ,when he took his pen he wrote his self off!!!!!!!! OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT
    Will B.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  174. B-Colorado

    It should not be considered over until every vote is counted even though I know who I would like to have declared the winner right now.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  175. Samuel Williams

    Samuel from Germany.

    Jack,this race is already over,both in the spiritaul and in the physical realm.Obama has being call of God at this pointing time to change the way things are going in the world.I know many of you there in America are still going out with the old idea of racism,but my advice for you is,drop that idea and embrace this change that is coming not only for you Americans but for the entire world.

    This is my firs time to follow up the American election because this guy has got it right,this election is a done deal.We are tired of that old politics of bomb,bomb. We cannot achieve peace by bombing bombing.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  176. DaunteB

    It was over when McCain selected Sarah Palin instead of Joe Lieberman.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  177. Manoj ,Riverside CA

    The race is over, its a matter of how many electoral votes each candidate gets.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  178. BG, Seattle WA

    It won't be over until Nov. 4, but I hope it ends with Obama!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  179. Matt A.

    I do think it is over. Moreover, I think the big story on Wednesday will be how the pollsters got it so wrong.

    The one thing that no one is taking into account is the power of the new media and the Obama Campaign's masterful use of it.

    Conventional wisdom says the young voters do not vote in nearly the same numbers as older voters.

    The big thing that no one is taking into account is the Obama Campaign making use of Email, Texting , Utube, Twitter, etc. They are using these tecnonogies so effectively that I think Obama's support has been grossly undercounted in terms of how many will show up and vote.

    The early voting stats back my hypothesis.

    The Latest polls have Obama up by 7 %. I think the actual results could be as big as 15.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  180. donna bernard

    It's over, over, over

    October 30, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  181. Sandi AZ

    It appears Obama has it, however, remember the last election and the Republicans stirred up this country, I bettcha we will see it happen all over again in the "blink" of the eye.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  182. Angie

    The race is pretty much over. I voted over a week ago

    Riverside California

    October 30, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  183. Anne/Seattle

    When the last vote is counted and verified without any investigations or legal confrontations. But for me it will never be over unless Barack Obama is elected President.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  184. Diane Glasser

    It already is!!. It looks like the RNC has conceded if they are holding secret meetings two days after the election to see if they can fix the broken Republican Party. Palin also has given up and is eager to start her bid for the 2012 election.McCain looks very tired and wants to go home and just sleep and relax.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  185. frannie, mansfield, ohio

    It is over for me, I voted for Barak Obama and Joe Biden two days ago.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  186. Lynda, Lima, Ohio

    It wasover the minute Palin opened her screeching , ugly, hatefilled, lieing mouth.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  187. tonya

    Obama supporters need to vote!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  188. ken - Hudson Florida

    Jack: The race has been over for awhile now, were just waiting for the votes to be counted to confirm it. and if by any chance McCain is the winner then the Republican Party should be investigated for vote tampering and fraud because for every 1 person that I personally know who is voting Republican, I know of 9 that are voting Democrat.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  189. Murrf

    The race for the White house isall but over because one of the candidates, John McCain has shown that he is a disgrace to the election process, the senate, the naval academy all navy flyers and veterans. How can annyone believe this man has any credibility after the "Truth Talking Express" is actually the "Hate talking Express".

    October 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  190. Gary NC

    The Fat lady, her Fat husband and all the little Fat children have sung.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  191. C from S.C.


    I am really concerned about this election. The poll numbers seem to be all over the place with Obama mainly in the lead position but how do I know I can trust the people who are conducting the polls? How do I know the poll numbers are being reported accurately and not trying to mislead the voters? I have to agree with Richard Winkler's comment – it's not over until it's over but in our country even that is not a given anymore with all of the voter fraud and I am not just talking about voter registration.......Remember the Repubs are famous for their "tricks" .....Why do we not have a uniform voter registration in this country? That is a shame! I will be voting on Tuesday and I hope my vote will be counted !!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  192. Bill from Maine


    Unfortunately, Americans have developed the nasty habit of shooting themselves in the foot - we've taken dead aim twice in the last eight years and succeeded on both occasions. I'd like to say I think the election's in the bag where Obama is concerned, but there is always the tendency to fall back into old habits. Just once I'd like to see aim at resolving real problems instead of falling victim to the same old lies that appeal to fear, distrust, and hatred. Obama has given us the opportunity to live up to our potential for actually doing the right thing and I hope we all embrace it.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  193. Esther/ Baltimore

    Jack, I am so glad you are back first of all!!! If the Republicans and who ever else steal elections with them try to snatch this from us. all I can say is God help us. It's over for the republicans and they just have to face it.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  194. Bob in Baltimore

    I think it was when McCain introduced us to Caraboo-boo Barbie! He went down faster than the Viking ship the Wasa back in the 16 hundreds!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  195. Teri in St. Augustine FL

    It's not over. I have doubts that it will be over on Nov 5. Never underestimate the power of the GOP and their lawyers, Jack. They're already in panic mode and starting to eat their own. If it wasn't so scary it might be funny.
    St Augustine, FL

    October 30, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  196. Dave in MO

    Very close it is next Tuesday! However it's not over until that fat lady sings and I have not seen Oprah out on the trail in while!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  197. Jack Goode

    Jack, I can't believe it. I have sent in many comments about electronic voting and the pitfalls, rigging the election, ect. I'm sure many other people have done the same and here I am watching the noon news and they are showing us how easy it is to rig the machines. As Gommer Pyle would say "surprise, surprise. Again, a piece of paper with the names and a box beside each name. Mark an X beside your choice and there is a paper trail. Too easy?

    October 30, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  198. Steve K.

    The fat lady is going to give Obama and CNN a nice fat kiss.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  199. Kevin

    I'd watch the GOP, they still have "W" and Cheney in the White House, and I think they will do anything to keep Republicans in control of the White House at least. Just watch to see if they try something in the last 72 hours. I believe they will.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  200. Bill in Michigan

    I wish it were today, but the reality of it is; it won't be until the Palin lady sings.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  201. Hank Pihl


    The European News papers are reporting, that Sarah Palin will be dumped by McCain as soon as Obama is elected President for the next four years.
    Yes it is over for McCain.
    I voted for Obama.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  202. Chryssa

    I'm taking nothing for granted. I voted for Obama last week and have spent every spare minute since calling other voters to make sure they do the same.

    Boise, ID

    October 30, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  203. John Pierce

    I wish that I could believe it's over. I know, however, that the Republicans are capable of subverting the will of the people. What will it be this year? Probably not hanging chads, the Supreme Court, or screwed up polls in Ohio, but it will be something. So, I guess, put me in the column of knowing that Obama has the votes to win but the Republicans have the machinery in place to steal this election. I am also afraid of what happens if Obama does win. I have visions of Pentecostals and Militia types taking to the streets in mass protest, led by the most patriotic person in the country, Sarah Palin. I know its extreme and paranoid of me to think this way but the last 8 years have proven that a little paranoia is a good thing.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  204. allie mcneil

    Some of the numbers worth considering......11 Million NEW Dem Voters...and this does not count the Repugs that have flipped over to the DEM party, and the Independents......and many new Latino, African American, and Student Voters ( that are NEVER called on cellphone polls..) If all of these people show up and vote, and they already are in some of the Early Voting States, this bodes well for Obama. If the Repugs try to steal this election too with some shenanigans- you will see a run for the border....

    October 30, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  205. Dale, Phoenix

    I never like to count any chickens before they are hatched. It is not over until the last voter enters the booth. Until then, anything could happen.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  206. Liz

    Jack it seems like its never going to end.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  207. Manoj ,Riverside CA

    The race is over. Its a matter of how many electoral votes each candidate gets.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  208. Tiff from Philadelphia

    If any of us have learned a lesson from 2000 and 2004, it's that the race isn't over until all the votes are counted (or recounted).

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  209. Justin, Virginia

    Jack – are you counting post-election litigation? 🙂

    October 30, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  210. Katiec Pekin, IL

    I hope it is very close to being over, but, as Barack Obama says
    we must not be complacent. Everyone must get out and vote.
    What worries me is the suppression of votes that is going
    on. The republicans have shown us how unscrupulous
    they are in campaigning and trying to "steal" elections.
    And, we are hearing horror stories daily.
    We have yet to see what level they will stoop to in the
    spreading of lies, fear, distortions and hate. We are
    witnessing their trying to divide our country.
    So, yes, Obama should win but believe it is going to
    have to be by a landslide in order to survive the republican

    October 30, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  211. Marjorie Lominy

    Close, Jack what do you mean?
    It's over. Done. Obama 08

    October 30, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  212. Mandy, Birmingham, AL

    Between Palin spewing out her lies with a wink and a smile and McCain's whining about everything, this race has gone on too long. I certainly hope it's over.

    Of course, here in Alabama we vote – those who the GOP will allow to, that is – get the results that a Dem won, and the next morning find out the GOP candidate is the "real" winner. Elections are really interesting when a supporter of the GOP gov'nor happens to run the company that programmed the voting machines.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  213. Richard R Torman

    Jack, I watch the polls and try to think positive thoughts but can't help but worry that a last minute hail marry will upset this race and put us back for another 4 years of the high functioning moron. I don't trust the electorate. It's unpredictable and can turn on a dime. After all, they put W in for another 4 years in 2004 after a previous 4 years of disasterous policies.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  214. Cecil L. Ballou

    It depends on whether or not we are going to continue to allow the McCarthyesque tactics of McCain's RNC to dominate the media. As long as you guys give a forum to undeserved racism and other seethy issues, the race for the white house will never be over. It will continue to be a Race(ist) for the WHITE house.
    Remember the Red Scare and transpose that onto the republican forum of today.

    Cecil L. Ballou
    Merrill, WI

    October 30, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  215. Bill, Wilmington NC

    Thanks for all your good work....this election is going to be the functional equivalent of the "Extinction at the K-T Boundary" for the GOP as we know it. That's what you get when you don't believe in evolution!
    All the pandering McCain and Palin have done to their "base" has driven away what moderate Republicans were left and made the party bereft of ideas and solutions. The elephants will be fighting each other for control of a bankrupt party come Wed morning.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  216. Tina from Ohio

    Oh believe me...Democrats are getting out the vote and in astounding numbers. I early voted yesterday and it touched my heart to see so many young people standing in the long lines. He has some support from people of all races and every ethnicity. What will offset the "Bradley Effect" and the is the young vote and that is what will push him over the top...young Caucasian and young African-American voters. So for every vote he may lose to 1 person who can't bring themselves to vote for a Black man...there are at least 2 young people who will vote for Barack because he is the Best man. He represents the United States not just the Red States. Everyone...young and old want to be a part of this historic event and that is why so many are coming out to vote...it's Amazing!!!!

    BARACK the VOTE!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  217. john from syracuse

    I think that it's pretty much over and that John Mccain is being very optimistic and trying to keep a positive view on the outcome for himself. Maybe if he thinks that saying that the gap is closing because people are starting to see him as the better president that maybe he will actually get people too switch their votes. Pshcological.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  218. kate

    Jack –

    I knew it was over yesterday when I turned on my radio and heard Wolf Blitzer say, "Next, Dr, Sanjay Gupta explains to us what the insides of the brains of undecided voters look like."

    I mean, really. If that's all that's left to report on, I think it's time to wrap up this election.

    Charlottesville, VA

    P.S. Only got love for Dr. Gupta

    October 30, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  219. Myron in NY

    With all the polls showing Obama is going to win it, this is somewhat a done deal BUT if McCain does somehow win it, then the US can be compared to a third world election. Who knows, maybe it's best for the UN to supervise elections.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  220. PRISSY

    I have never been so interested in any kind of race and i am 72.
    I would not vote for McCain for any reason.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  221. Noreen

    shhhh...don't say it! Barack is superstitious. Think it ... but don't say it . Believe it ... but don't say it!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  222. Jim Swezey

    I was just listing to CNN Newsroom and some Republican when pused to name another person Baram was pals with. He kept saying "we all know who it is". Well I don't and I don't that the Republican do either.

    The quote "if you tell a lie often enough, it becomes truth" by Josef Goebbles seems to fit the Republicans.

    I have felt that there will be some disaster that alows him to suspend elections.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  223. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    This race was over when the 'Queen of the Tundra' was foisted upon the hapless public, and Camp Obama has shown an incredible amount of restraint in containing their glee at such a monumental blunder on McCain's part. If McCain parts the Red Sea and pulls off a win, then Oliver Stone will have his biggest conspiracy theory project to date. Republican voter hanky-panky is always a real threat in a , what shouldn't be , close election.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  224. luke, ct

    This thing is now over. With this new attack of anti-antisemitism that McCain has put out i think he has now lost all respectability. I would not be surprised if Obama won the majority of the toss up states. I would say Florida, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Virginia and Nevada all will go for Obama.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  225. Ned Berec

    Jack my men I do not know what happened to CNN but I do not watch that chanel at all .This is the last minute to get on the wagon and help change this contry for the better. You tried to be independent and neutral but if you look in the past CNN was notting like that .
    Do you really wont an old burnout like Mcain to lead this country to the dich , he does'not have anuthing to ofer but more of the same and if he is the patriot like he said he is , he would give up and give it to the guy that we can all gatter around and fight for this country.Obama is already giving back our authority back all over the world that Bushes arogant polilitics have lost it. We need to take care our own people first .At last I would like to say that I came from worn torn Bosnia and I have been painted to many times it is Enough.
    Sorry if my speling is not correct English is my seccond language.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  226. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    It scares me to no end that a crazy old man and an airhead bimbo are still this close. Americans are so stupid. No wonder the United States is going to hell in a handbasket.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  227. Jason Reeve


    i believe senator obama has it wrapped up all mccain and palin want to do is attack obama about things that happened months to years ago instead of talking about the issues. mccain needs to focus more on the issues fire palin and move on from attacking obama all the time. but it looks likes it's too late.

    Laporte IN.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  228. Chris Bledsoe

    Jack, check your calendar: 5 days.
    Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise: 5 days, 8 hours and 15 minutes; or, 7,695 minutes more of bickering, sniping and irrational accusations. And – maybe – only 800 more requests from the McCain camp for a video that was reported on 6 months ago.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  229. Pedro. Fort worth, TX

    GOP campaign has become a circus. McCain and Palin could not do it on their own. They had to bring Joe the plumber on board. This is not helping the GOP at all. It is all like one big joke to me.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  230. Jeff San Diego, CA

    it won't be over for me until the polls close and the winner is declared...as seen in the 2000 election, i am concerned about problems with ballot counting...

    electronic ballot machines without any paper trail worries me...

    October 30, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  231. Chris Bledsoe

    Jack, check your calendar: 5 days.
    Good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise: 5 days, 8 hours and 15 minutes; or, 7,695 minutes more of bickering, sniping and irrational accusations. And – maybe – only 800 more requests from the McCain camp for a video that was reported on 6 months ago.

    Chris Bledsoe
    Purcellville, VA

    October 30, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  232. Barb New Port Richey Fl

    Well, the pit bull has her lipstick on, so the pig can't be far away. and the fat lady, she's just a singing!!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  233. Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

    Jack, the optimist in me wants to say "McCain's goose is cooked" while the pessimist in me wants to say "Don't get over-confident after watching the last two presidential elections." So I guess the only measured response is "I'm cautiously optimistic."

    October 30, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  234. Aaron, State College PA

    I won't trust it's over until the votes are counted. It looks good for Obama, but strange things happen in U.S. elections.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  235. Charlotte - Pa

    It's not over. I am just waiting to see how many people's votes don't
    get counted this time, for what ever reason. Look how many early votes are being thrown out.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  236. Art

    Jack, As Obama's interior decorated, I've already measured the curtains, drawn out the plans for the new basketball court, and selected the new wallpaper. And, oh, BTW, had to expand the lawn to accommodate all the guests that will be invited and take pleasure in visiting the White House. Just waiting on Bush to vacate the premises so the new tenant can move in.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  237. John in California

    I hope it's not only over, but with an Obama landslide.

    After the dirty McCain-Palin lies and smears, our new president really needs us to give him a mandate–and 60 votes in the Senate–so this country can start to get moving again.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  238. John from Jersey

    Yes. The smears, misrepresentations, innuendos and fear mongering tactics of 2004 just aren't working anymore – and there simply is nothing left in the Republican playbook. Game over.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  239. Lori in Battle Creek, MI

    Well, Jack unless the Republicans cheat us out of winning as they did in 2000, I think this race is pretty wrapped up in Obama's favor.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  240. donald townsend

    did not vote for mccain

    October 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  241. James in TN

    It's like a football game your up by 3 touchdowns with 5 minutes to go and your opponant has to drive 90 yards. You could possibly ease up a little but still have to play the game and play good defense. Four downs and you take the ball and can run out the clock.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  242. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Five days, duh.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  243. Bill Curley

    The race is close with Obama leading with intelligence and class running on the bottom edge of the track while "Maverick" McCain is dangerously taking the outside into the final turn showing his age and his team mates inexperience and lack of maneuver. The yellow flag is out and caution is messaged to the drivers. The checkered flag is unfurled and waiting. The crowed is on their feet yelling "GO OBAMA".

    October 30, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  244. Vera-East Texas

    It was over the day that McCain choose Palin as VP according to the Women who staged the biggest rally in Alaska's history against Sarah Palin. These are the people who know her best and if they don't want her, shouldn't the rest of the country fear the female version of George Bush in a skirt with lipstick !!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  245. Frank

    John McCain just doesn't get it.He lost!


    October 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  246. Brian Lewis

    After last night's 1/2 hour telethon, Elvis has left the building, the fat lady has sung. I think Sarah Palin should have read the book How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie. All the negativity has turned the voter's off. Joe the plumber has worn out his welcome. Obama by 10

    October 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  247. Deanna, Katy Texas

    I don't think anyone really knows. Too many variables this year for anyone to predict it which is why the McCain campaign should not be bragging at this point. Black vote, economy in crisis, female on a major ticket and one of the best ran campaigns in history. Lots to boggle the mind.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  248. Ran

    Yo Jack-

    Despite the voter deadline of November 4, the uncertain amount of time required afterward for the Parties to dispute the results, and any time required for the Supreme Court to award the Presidency, this race was really over before it started. President Bush insured that.

    McCain's subsequent flurry of tactics, his lack of ideas and imagination, and his hawkish philosophy only serves to highlight his shared political DNA with the worst President in American history.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  249. Phil

    Even though it looks like a done deal, the polls don't matter. People have to get out and vote and I'm afraid there will be too many people who will not vote for one reason or another–lazy, weather, crowds, etc. It's too bad we can't vote by phone.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  250. Vinny, Pittsburgh, PA

    Over? It's been over for months. While Obama focused on tangible clear ideas and being an agent for change; the McCain camp, and the "right -wing conservative radio empire" focused on attacks and a guy who quit playing football with his son to try and make a spectacle out of himself.

    If both candidates interviewed for a job in my town, believe me, Obama would get hired on the spot and McCain would be wondering if there was something wrong with his resume.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  251. Dan, Maryland

    Jack, haven't you been paying attention? The election was over the day George Bush got elected for a second term. He single handedly ruined any chance a Republican might have had in the 2008 election with the horrible policies he's advocated. Republican candidates didn't stand a chance.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  252. Nick from Texas

    Its been over since McCain picked Palin. The first debate clinched the deal.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  253. Marsha from Dallas Texas

    I sure hope it is over. However, I just watched Stealing America, Vote by Vote and I cannot sleep knowing that the Republicans can steal the election again. Everyone must vote so they are unable to STEAL this election. Please vote, this is too important. I also want to get rid of all electronic voting machines. They are putting our democracy at risk. Proof: George W Bush for 8 years, there is no way that we elected him either time....

    Obama – Biden 2008

    October 30, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  254. Ron @ Vegas

    The race isn't over until all the votes are counted. We just saw two elections stolen. All the smears coming out now are just so republicans can say voters minds were changed at the last minute. There are reports of voter suppression and dirty trick all over the country. For example now in one state its required to have a voter registration card and two other pieces of ID to cast a ballot. These last minute republican tricks show the rest of the world just how a modern country steals an election without guns. Ask yourself this, why is it that all the problems are in low income democratic areas.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  255. Ingrid, Atlanta

    Not close at all Jack. I think it will be over maybe the end of next week.....if we are lucky. Lets see, there will be the people waiting in line until Wednesday morning, I mean 4-5 am! We will then here from the attorneys of people who found themselves deleted from the rolls. And then there will be the computer glitches, miscounts and I'm sure I could think of more. I am for Obama, and have voted. I just want it to be over so we can begin the healing process of our country, because no mattter who wins, we all have been wounded in some way by the negativity and harshness of this historic campaign;and it is a must that we come together in the end. Ingrid, Atlanta

    October 30, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  256. John

    The fat lady will sing Election Day. Doubts will certainly arise in the mind of every voter that enters the "secret ballot booth."
    Pampa, TX

    October 30, 2008 at 3:53 pm |

    Jack, it's obviosly not over until voting day, but the antics of the McCain
    campaign, approved by John McCain is leaving a terrible taste. Obama, like at the end of the primaries with Hillary has totally backed of any form of attack ,he knows he has won and has the class to back off and not use information that could really hurt the McCain ticket (i.e Sarah Palin's Trans Canada Pipeline deal).


    October 30, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  258. Kathy from Orlando

    The math and the map don't lie. It is nearly impossible for McCain to come back at this point.

    By the way, why hasn't Sarah Palin released her medical records as the other three candidates have???

    October 30, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  259. June from Jax, FL

    As I watched the Obama infomercial last night, I cried. For the first time in my 51 years of life, I was looking at a Presidential candidate that really seems to understand the issues that stand before us. It was comforting to see a man that has done everything possible to embrace the American people, even when ugly charges were made against him. The strength and wisdom he has shown throughout this presidential campaign has been a beautiful thing to behold. He has convinced me that our best days as a nation are ahead of us. I pray to God our Nation will give this intelligent, dignified man an opportunity to serve. But at 51, I'm smart enough not to pop the champagne until after the votes are counted.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  260. Juanita from IN

    The race was over when it started. It's just no one knew it so we went through the motions.

    There is such a thing as divine destiny. No one can stop it.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  261. Cheryl Tennessee

    I have been making political calls for one of the candidates-tons of calls. And I can tell you from that sampling that it is not over. Seems dead even.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  262. Alan, Buxton Maine

    Obviously we cannot know until after Nov 4 (or Nov 5 if you are a Democrat. You got one of those fliers didn't you?) But if the Republicans are unable to find a way to steal this election like they have done the last two times it is already over. Welcome president Obama!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  263. Larry, Providence, RI

    It appears that it will be Obama, but after George Bush won the second time, I wouldn't be surprised by anything. I can't wait for this whole thing to be over. It's been going on way too long.
    Unfortunately, even before the winner is sworn in, the 2012 campaign will begin, and you'll all cover it, daily, for four more years.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  264. Michael watching from Canada


    Once all of the hanging chads are counted.

    Oh, by the way.......

    What irony?

    McCain complains that Obama refused to take Public Funding (which I am to understand is taxpayer money).

    So McCain takes taxpayer money to support his campaign (Obama does not) and then McCain calls Obama a socialist!!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  265. Brent, Nevada

    Even though I wasn't voting for McCain to begin with I used to have respect for him, and did not like the way he was treated in 2000 against Bush, But for 8yrs he has kissed up to Bush and is now running and even more disrespectful campaign against Obama, I no longer have any respect for him, and I truly believe that his own irrattic actions is probably what got him shot down over Viet Nam!!!!!! I hope it's over for him!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  266. Ricky

    very close. Because the polls are wrong.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  267. D

    I predict that the race will be over 8: p.m. PST and not a minute before.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  268. Jasmine in Germany

    Very close, so long as voters get out and vote, and the votes are properly counted. That seems to be the difficult part.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  269. Phil Schick, Michigan

    I'm an independent voter, and it looks like the Democrats have a game plan. The Republicans have the same old fear factory with a new manager and a cute receptionist.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  270. Mary From Colorado

    Very close. Now if the Republicans steal the White House this time and the media Pundits remain silent I think there will be HEll TO pAY.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  271. Ricky

    real close the polls are wrong.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  272. nelson

    Jack, not until the very last vote has been counted.. I don't trust
    those die-bold/GOP machines. Vote and watch what happens
    and this better be correct as We all expect it to be

    October 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  273. John

    Jack: Its not over until the fat lady sings. Both candidates will have to fight it out until the bitter end, and I do mean bitter. It is not a fast horse race, but rather an endurance long distant race. Right now, Obama has 4 to 6% lead nationally, but he did have as much as 10 to 12% lead. Both candidates can not let up, no matter how much we the voters get tired of the campaign.


    October 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  274. Brian Blashfield

    With the exception of the lunatic fringe the crash of the economy should have convinced anyone with reasoning ability to recognize what Republican politics have wrought over the last 8 years. The super rich have their cash carefully stored away and W will ease on down to Crawford and cut brush. "Mission Accomplished"

    October 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm |

    In one word FLORIDA!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  276. Elaine Mullen

    Hi Jack,

    I hope Barack Obama wins! I voted last week and mailed my ballot right away. I live in Oregon where it is all voting by mail.
    But.... I am truly worried as to what the Republicans are going to make up this time....

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  277. Pete From Ontario Canada


    It ain't over til it's over.....

    October 30, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  278. DJ, Detroit

    It's never over until it's over, especially when you have a wildcard like Joe the Plu,mber, Politician, and Musician.

    DJ – Detroit

    October 30, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  279. Dennis, Ama.,TX


    I believe that Obama will win the election and i haven't even voted. I think that last nights "info mercial" sealed the deal for Obama. My wife was undecided until last night and then todays trash talk sealed the deal for both of us. McCain and Palin had just better go home because its over.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  280. Pete From Ontario Canada


    It ain't over til it's over.....

    October 30, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  281. Michael from Greenfield, Wi.

    It's over. I just stood in line for early voting, and the talk of the line was for Obama. I think the polls are wrong, the election won't even be close.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  282. NORA, Gainesville, FLORIDA

    Jack, it was over when McCain chose Palin. And the final nail in the coffin was when they allowed her to finally speak. that is when the race ended.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  283. DJ, Detroit

    It ended when Joe the Plumber, Politician and Musician blew off McCain's rally today...OOPS!

    DJ – Detroit

    October 30, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  284. Tony (Michigan)

    With the Republicans knack for stealing elections this one will be a nail-biter until the very end.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  285. Faye

    I believe that Obama will win the election, but I am scared to death of what the republicans will do to try and take the election away from him.
    I think there is nothing they would not do to win.

    Pray for our country if he doesn't win. We will need all the prayers
    we can get.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  286. Faadia - Hamden, Conn.

    It's over, Obama's definitely got it. No matter what smear attacks the McCain camp pulls, the American public will see past it and make the right choice.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  287. Gigi in Alabama

    In five days we will know whether or not we are going forward with Obama/Biden or down the drain with McCain/Palin.
    I can only hope and pray that the American public is not once again cheated out of our rightful leaders.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  288. Matt in ABQ

    It'll all be over in abour 4 1/2 days.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  289. Patricia F Pine Plains NY

    It was over the moment McCain said the fundiimentals of the ecomony is basically strong, then the bottom dropped out. Go home John, the fat lady has sung.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  290. Billy, Minneapolis, MN

    Hey Jack,

    No one becomes president without votes. Therefore, the race for the White House is 4 days from being over. Obama should win IF young voters actually vote next Tuesday. Today's young voters can do what no other generation of young voters has done...decide who becomes president.

    Young voters, please don't disappoint your country. We're counting on you!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  291. DJ, Detroit

    It won't be over until the last vote has been cast. I hate to say I don't trust the United States Presidential election process, but I don't trust the United States Presidential election process. This race should not even be close, but somehow but I know better.

    DJ – Detroit

    October 30, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  292. Mertis

    I truly hope it's over right around mid-night West Coast time Nov. 5th...
    We are ALL exhausted!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  293. Kris Pursell

    The race is far from over. I worked for Obama over the weekend and found he's in the minority around Las Vegas.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  294. Lisa G. from Michigan

    Remember the Dewey-beats-Truman headline so oft-quoted by Mr. mcCain? Then there's Yogi Berra–it's not over till it's over.

    In past elections we've seen polls ultimately proven wrong, and this year won't be an exception to that.

    A better question might be, what will happen if the lines are so long and so slow that there are still long lines of voters waiting for their turn to exercise the most basic American right, and it approaching midnight on Nov. 4?

    October 30, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  295. fernando

    Jack its pretty much over for McCain, I think Joe the Plummer should give McCain a call and give the bad news.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  296. Corey


    The American voters have let me down in the past and I wouldn't put it past them now. This race should have been over a long time ago. I'm not counting my chickens before they're hatched.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  297. scotty - South Dakota

    I'm from a republican family and i've always voted red... This year i decided that South Dakota along with the US need a change and i'm tired of the negativity of John McCain... Also i'm tired of hearing about Joe the Plumber and My Friends.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  298. Russell

    All signs point to an OBAMA victory, but.... lets not get to confident, the unthinkable could still happen... President Palin ?? YIKES!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  299. Julian A Torry

    Of course its over, McCain sounded like Geoge bush 4 yrs ago and fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me,

    October 30, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  300. Roberta

    It was over when John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  301. Timothy

    The race isn't over because all the votes have not been counted. Simple as that. Obama does not have any illusions about the race, and neither does McCain. I'm sure that both is going to fight to the last second. They've campaigned for months on end; why stop now?

    October 30, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  302. Mary Anne

    This election is going to teach the republicans what a mandate really is with a overwhelming win for Obama.

    There won't be any doubt who this country wants to lead us for the next four years.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  303. Terry from The Woodlands, Texas


    It ain't over till it's over. The once Honorable John McCain has become the Not So Honorable say anything to win candidate. The American populace was duped late in the game in 2004 with the Bin Laden tape. I trust the McCain campaign to lead us into another mirage before Tuesday.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  304. Chris, Waterloo, Ontario

    We here in Canada thought back in 2004 that there was no way Kerry would lose, that the American voters could be so foolish as to elect Bush again. We were proven wrong. Now we watch and wait again to see if this time America makes the right choice and elects Barack Obama. Still I would not look at the polls and say this race is over. You've proven us wrong before America.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  305. Denisa, Indiana

    How close is the White House race to being over?

    5 days

    October 30, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  306. Donn Clark

    I hope it is already over based upon voters preference for Obama, and not based upon pirated and commandeered voting machines. If it is over in favor of Obama, then we are getting closer to being free from four more years of division by design and plan. We need to work as a country, where one group or two groups do not try to dictate how the minds, body, and souls of the rest of us think and feel. Whoever wins, the real battle is to reunite and reset this country so we once again become a nation of citizens and not a nation of corporations that follow greed and refuse to feel any obligation toward the country that is making them rich.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  307. Lucanes Saintil

    I declare that this race is over unless the GOP is stealing the election as always. That is one of the reason McCain is playing dirty because his dream of running America is slipping away from him. He needs to wait for 2016 after Obama's second term; he probably will be too old anyways.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  308. Richard

    Jack, This race is only over if people get out and vote. If nothing is taken for granted and people turn out in the expected numbers, Obama should win this thing going away. But I believe that if people start counting their chickens before they're hatched, McCain could well steal it in a squeaker. Personally, I won't believe it until I wake up on January 21st and the inauguration parties are over. We all know that the right wing is getting scared of the prospect of an Obama Presidency and they will stop at nothing to make sure it doesn't happen. I sure hope those Secret Service guys are good at their job.

    Charlotte, NC

    October 30, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  309. Jesus

    Oh yeah It's over 43% of voter's have voted in Colorado that just shows you how important it is to the people here and around the
    United State's

    October 30, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  310. Beverly Davis

    I am a black republican who has had that affiliation for 37 years. This election has been a joke for the republicans. Mc Cain is a joke and Sarah Palin is a bigger joke. This election was over when it started after the RNC. I have donated money three times this month all for President Barack Obama.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  311. Tamara

    The White House race is over. It's been endless, and it can't be "officially" over a minute too soon for me. The GOP clearly knows its over if they're asking McCain to direct his efforts elsewhere in an effort to salvage some Congressional seats. Apparently only McCain and Palin don't know it's over. What a dreadful duo they turned out to be. Can't wait to see the departing backs of both of them!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  312. Kurt- Chicago

    When Joe the Plumber doesn't have time to show up to a McCain rally... you know your days are numbered.

    The pipedream is over "my friends".

    October 30, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  313. Ann Dooley

    I am with James Carville when he says the race is over. It is over.
    McCain should allow himself to bow out with some dignity and stop
    all the slamming of Obama.

    Gooooooooooo OBAMA

    Atlanta, Georgia

    October 30, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  314. Jeff, Columbia Md

    Dont believe it! Ask Al Gore if he thinks it's over.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  315. Fisher, Richfield, MN

    I say it's not over till we turn everything on the map blue.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  316. RA

    It was over when Hillary lost to the next President of the United States OBAMA...If she couldn't beat him, No one can... Get out and Vote.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  317. Gary, Pismo Beach, CA

    By all intents and purposes it should be a done deal, but I'm more concerned with what the Republican Party has been trying to do regarding wiping thousands of voter's names from the rolls at different voting stations across the country and especially in battleground states. They stole the last election by creating voting issues in states, such as Florida, so they could rely on republicans officials, i.e Kathryn Harris, Jeb Bush and republican appointed Supreme Court Justices to influence the results and it appears they're up to their old tricks once again. The irony here is that they're running a campaign against Obama declaring "he" can't be trusted.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  318. Charles from Atlanta

    It is over.. Did you see Obama's infomercial last night? It is not only has "muscle", but has full of "brain" and "heart". Entire infomercial is about American and didn't even mention any name like Bush or McCain. The timing and content is a brilliant. Then bringing in President Clinton at the last week shows how superior execution strategy he has. Now... when you look what is going on at McCain side, he is still playing "Joe the Plumber" card, you have to shake your head... They are in totally different class and different game.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  319. Connie - Minnesota

    I will not relax until the election is over, and the numbers show that Obama has won! My gut tells me that Obama will win by a landslide, that he will pull what I call a "Ventura". But even though there are only 4 days left, something could still happen. I don't trust the Republicans one bit.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  320. Elizabeth in New Orleans

    Be afraid, be very afraid. If the playing field were really level we would be saying goodbye to outgoing President Gore!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  321. Tom G From Ohio

    5 days, 1 1/2hours!!! Dropped off our absentee ballots in Lorain County Ohio at the Election Bureau. There was a very long line of over 100 voters at 10:00 AM...Never saw that before and this isn't even election day!!! My guess is that 80%++ of those voters are for Obama. The 20%– voters are McCain (those faces looked glum) and uninteractive.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  322. Dan, New York

    It's nowhere near over. Republican lawyers and officials are resorting to every seemingly legal tactic to try and purge people from the voter rolls, and many machines still don't leave paper trails. Who knows what other shameless things they'll try on Election Day. My advice to fellow Obama supporters in all those close states. Stay on line as long as it takes. It's one day out of your life, and it could be one of the most important things you'll ever do.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  323. Theo

    It is not over until all counts are in.... publicly I'm working for Obama on getting out the vote... privately I'm doing the dance of joy!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  324. Frankie

    The republican party was finished for 2008 after bush stole a second term

    October 30, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  325. Susan

    I was certain Al Gore would win. I was very certain John Kerry would win. And I am even more certain Barrack Obama will win. So please, no excuses from any one , show up at the polls and VOTE! (especially people age 18-30!) I really don't think I can hang on financial for 4 more years.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  326. Trish

    McCain' chances were over when he started his smear campaign
    He learned to be masterful at it. The bar has been lowered so much he has to rely on plumbers and soccer moms to don't always tell the truth either. Ethical politics are a thing of the past. It smarts of George Bush. He is right about one thing. We need a change..... from this.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  327. Alexandra

    The race is over. McCain doesn't stand a chance of winning. He should quit now.

    From a long standing republican!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  328. Denise D. (Montréal)

    Hello Jack!
    It will never be over until there's no Republican party on the electoral map. With guys like Carl Rove and Charlie Black you never know how low the end of the campaign will reach. You can only cross your fingers, hope and pray...

    October 30, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  329. L.M.,Arizona

    It ain't over until McCain says congratulation or thank-you for you're support.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  330. Linda

    Obama's 1/2 hour on TV last night was GREAT.
    It sealed the deal.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  331. Tom

    While Obama does enjoy a lead in opinion polls at the moment, nothing is decided until people cast their vote and they are tallied on Nov 4. It is still possible for McCain to pull off a win if enough people believe the polls and don't go out and vote for Obama because they think that he'll win anyways without their vote. As things look now, this is the only way that McCain can hope to win.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  332. Monte Olson

    The voting record of the American people over the past two Presidential campaigns is not what I would consider "outstanding".Add the rather dubius character of the Republican Party and their past and current tactics-I won"t quit worrying or contributing to the Obama Campaign until He is sworn in by the Supreme Court...

    October 30, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  333. Marion Fly Ft. Worth, Tx

    Republicans won't concede defeat easily. They are in love with power and influence and will do ANYTHING to keep it. Even with the electorate finally learning about the deep levels of voter suppression, republicans will stick with these same tactics in broad daylight. It's not over until every vote is counted.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  334. Anna Jesse

    It will be over when the last vote is counted. The danger of polling is that when some voters see their candidate is ahead, they feel they can sit back and spare themselves the inconvenience of standing in line and casting their ballot. It doesn't matter how comfortable the margin may feel in your State...every vote is needed.

    Nanticoke, PA

    October 30, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  335. vicky

    It's over !!! John McCain had two things right. He said, " that he wouldn't take the low road to the highest office in the country". He didn't . He took the low road to no where. He also stated that "there was a special place in hell" for those who run a smear campaign against him in 2000 and John McCain will be with them 90% of the way.

    Redwood Falls, MN

    October 30, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  336. Dan - Michigan

    I am a foot soldier in Barack's army, an area cooridinator. Fear is a great motivator. I will not believe it is over until it is over. I will continue to knock on doors and get people to the polls until 8pm Tuesday.


    October 30, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  337. Perry

    This race is over

    Not only due to the fact that Obama has a commanding lead and has built on a grassroots organization that could've decimated McCain even back on Feb.5....but Obama just wants it more. Look at how many visits he and his entourage have made to swing states. What has McCain been doing, napping?

    October 30, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  338. Lloyd Rachels

    Over for McCain? No one knows for sure who will win until the voting is over. Like anyone can put ANY stock in your (or any other media source's) polls... If you believe those polls – you're probably one of the undecided. God help anyone trying to make a decision (at this late point in the game) based on the media's polls... C'mon guys - you really are better than this. Like we can't simply float through the tv channels and find a poll that says what we want it to say.

    You might be right... that it's basically over for McCain - but what IS your motivation for running that same headline over and over and over... Are you reporting the facts? Or, are you promoting your own employer's agenda for Obama? Still love you guys - but it's really sad how politics can bring out the worst in folks - even the most trusted name in news. (Whatever that means).

    Have a nice day – and PLEASE vote for McCain – regardless of what you're saying for ratings.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:31 pm |

    I'd say about 5 days, Jack, assuming everyone shows up to vote.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  340. Diane

    It's over. Just wish the red team could see that...but at the same time, I wish the blue team would realize it as well, and stop buying infomercial time! I think the fundraising laws should be changed; send the money to food pantries or give it to people who will cold this winter without oil! Hard to believe it when the Big O says he cares about us when he spends money like that....


    October 30, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  341. Alexandra in the urban Northeast

    I don't care when it's over. Just get them out of my beautifully BLUE state of Pennsylvania and leave us alone. What are they still doing campaigning here?! Get them out so we can vote and stay BLUE. Only then will it be over.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  342. Jan from Flintridge California

    The election season ended when people decided that they no longer wanted to be dictated through fear.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  343. Steve Martin

    Not close enough, ask me Wednesday morning! Obama supporters, don't stay home now, all this polling stuff is theory. I'm a shy guy but I'm gonna bang on dooors in WI to get out the vote, you should too!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  344. Walter, Ontario

    It's over. Who says money can't buy an election.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  345. Fat Lady Ready to Sing (Saman from Toronto)

    I just looked over the number of people who voted in 2000 and 2004, there were about 17 million new voters in 04 and everyone thought with that kind of a turnout the democrats would certainly win... So friends lets not get ahead of ourselves until the last vote is counted... hey Jack have you heard McCain is running robo calls in Arizona?

    October 30, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  346. Fermin - Bronx

    As an Obama supporter, this question worries me. Some Republicans are publicly saying it's over, but that could be a ploy to get Obama supporters to stay home on election day, however, I think all republicans are realizing that Sarah Palin was a horrific choice.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  347. Ryan

    This race has been over since Lehman Brothers went under and took the stock market with it.

    It's the economy stupid.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  348. Shannon Wa st

    I am not giving up till the last day of voting. Then I will know its over. I am not getting Bushwacked again. In my eyes this is over but my heart is still on edge because if the devilsh ways of the republician party. I am hoping for Obama and for all americans that he wins. I have already voted and so has my husband now is just a waiting game.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  349. Eric


    I think it should be over, but never count your chickens until they are hatched. Republicans can look at this loss like Al Gore looked at his loss. Gore said in his concession speech, "....no matter how big the loss, it might serve as a victory that shakes our souls and lets the glory out." In other words, the republicans' loss is a victory for America. Now we can begin to recover our souls, as this 8 year nightmare is finally coming to an end. Let us all rejoice!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  350. Douglas

    I think it was over when McCain "suspended" his campaign and then forgot to start it again. If not, then it was definitely over when he agreed with Murtha about the voters in Western PA.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  351. David - Chicago, IL

    I hear a lot of rhetoric the past few days on voter fraud. My fear is that this may be a long way from being over.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  352. Troy King

    Jack, the race was over when McCain picked Palin as his running mate. It was over again once he asserted that the economy was "fundamentally sound". It was more over after he lost all three debates. And unfortunately for McCain (yet fortunately for the Country), on November 4th it will be finally over!

    Atlanta, GA

    October 30, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  353. Chris

    If we want the government to undo the damage caused by the pro- business, anti-citizen, Republicans in the last 8 years, we have to have a government of Democrats. Otherwise, the Republicans will make sure that the Democrats are unable to undo the misdeeds of the Republicans.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  354. Kim - Blair, Nebraska

    Not over until I actually hear John McCain say I concede. Can they make Palin do that too? Just for fun!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  355. Daniel Ambrose

    You know with all of the name calling going on has reached it's limit. John McCain has called Barrack Obama a liberal, a socialist, a redistributor of weath and God knows what else and it is just a sign of defeat for McCain. The race is simply over. The polls are indicative of that. He just cannot win. The Republicans have rules long enough and American has been going through enough hell for the past 7 plus years going on 8. It's time for this country to finally be heading in a new direction and time for the change that Barrack Obama will give this country. I do agree that choosing Sarah Palin as McCain's running mate was a bad choice by McCain and simply McCain will furhter push the poor administration policies that now President Bush has and the silver lining to all of this will be if that the Democrats will win enough senate seats as well. Finally, America will have a new vision and a new direction!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  356. Mike in UT


    It's not over 'til it's over, which may be a longer time than we care for. With lawsuits over the election process, equipment, procedures, voter fraud, etc. in the courts, things could get messy.

    Here's hoping both the popular vote and the electorial college results make it very clear who's won.

    I'm thinking anything can happen between now and Nov 4th.

    Here's hoping!


    October 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  357. Hatem N

    Technically, it was over the day he said " the fudamentals of the economy are sound"...But no ones knows... Every day the Radio Talk Show (whackers) come up with something new, that usually shows up in the McCain campaign two days later. They went from "celebrity" to "terrorist" to "socialist/marxist". Now the Radio Wackers are saying that Obama may NOT be a US citizen (that is why he had to go to Hawaii!?). I guess tomorrow they will say he had something to do with 9-11!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  358. Mary

    It was over as soon as Pailn forgot to "know her role" and shut her hole!! I hope it is over on November 4th and it isn't another "rigged" election. I'm from Arizona and I just don't understand the amount of ignorance around town! So many ignorant minorities and Democrats who still won't vote for Obama!! My otherwise wonderful neighbors are waving their "freak flags by way of their McCain/Palin signs!! I can't wait to tear those suckers down!

    Phoenix, Arizona

    October 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  359. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    It was over when McCain said he would not raise taxes for the big businesses to keep them here in America and that raising taxes would be the wrong thing to do for our ailing economy! Well I believe Barak has got it right and the big businesses and rich should be the ones to pull our economy together and get us out of debt! If they are real Americans they should be more than wiling to help us out of the mess were in!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  360. Lindsey, New York

    I am proùd to be a member of the 'Democrat' party, as Ms. Palin so sweetly put it. I pray that this election will be over in 5 days with a landslide victory for Obama, and a desperately needed shot of hope for the American people.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  361. Joe Karaffa

    Dear Jack:
    This election has been over since the appointment of Sara Palen. That has been a blessing for those of us tired of the republican attacks, fear mongering, foreign policy that is based on bullying,controlling, and if that doesnt work war. McCain keeps talking about creating wealth, havent they figured out you can only try to make money from money and the criminal ways the financial district has tried and cost us all our shirts, You must make things or provide survices to stimulate a solid base and that is what McCain policies have sold out, shipped off and without reguard. Republicans you shall now reap what you have sown

    October 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  362. Maddy, WV

    I too, am afraid something "big" will be presented to us and cause all kind of commotion. But.. I voted already and can't wait for this to end!! GO OBAMA!!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  363. Kevin Pearson

    It's been over for a long time. It's frustrating that the media keeps telling us that it's still a close race just so they have something to cover.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  364. Craeg

    Even voteing fraud won't make up the difference at this point. It is just too bad that Obama has such a deep hole to dig the US out of. It will take some tough decisions and two terms for many people to see the benefits of his effort. A 60 seat senate will help.
    Good luck my neighbours to the north!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  365. Raphael in New York

    Jack, it's a horse race becoming closer every day. Obama, Biden, and their supporters such as ACORN will see to this.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  366. Mike Mike Torpey Portland,Or.

    This race was lost the day that Wall Street melted dowm. Obama looked calm,cool and collected.McSame ran around changing his position back and forth and everthing in between. When he stated
    "The fundamentals of the economy are sound" he lost the race at that point. Later he skipped Letterman (saying he was suspending his campain,which he never did),but instead went up stair and did an interview with Couric. Mc Same will say anything in a desperate attempt to change where this election is going. If you like what George W. Bush did for our country,you'll love what McSame will bring to the table.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  367. Rob

    As long as Palin is talking about National Security this election is over. Palin talking about National Security is a hoax on the American people. The Republicans are wealth distributors except it is from the working class to the top on the food chain. Every time Palin speaks she turns off the Independents. Palin's elevator doesn't quite reach the top floor. How can a party that ran up close to 5 trillion dollars in deficit, lied about a war that has killed over 4200 troops, has maimed 30,000 troops. Then the Republicans don't want to take care of injured troops. It is easy to go to war however it takes wherewithal to take care of them without question when they come home. The Republicans have no guts and no courage. Joe the Plumber in Ohio was a no show and that is what Palin is when she is standing at a poduim a no show.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  368. Linda in Texas

    Obama has won -if – the voters hold strong and go to the polls. (And if there is no corruption that throws it into the Supreme Court!).

    McCain is losing because of a lack of ideas and organization. And Palin. She is the most disgusting personality to come on the political scene since........ nope ..she is the most disgusting.
    She should be a sidekick with that windbag Limbaugh. Perhaps Palin she could host on Fox. She fits perfectly where there is no worry about intelligence, integrity, or truth.
    Yep...a whack job. McCain's poor judgement in allowing her on the ticket and then smiling through his teeth about how he likes her. A bad skit on SNL.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  369. Lisa

    I do believe it's over for Sen. MCain..He is behind in PA and that was his last hope, personally, it was over for him the moment He introduced us to Gov. Palin..He did it to his self.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  370. Amy M., Scottsdale, AZ.

    Every time I worry it's not over and every hour when I hear McInsane speak of yet another foreign, terror-striking, law-breaking or otherwize 'Un-American' person who 'once lived in the same subdivision as Barack Obama when Barack was in 2nd grade', I soothe myself by humming ........'We Shall Overcome... and Hallelujah'.... AND then by taking another look at the CNN electoral map. After that, I go make another 45 calls for Barack Obama to wherever that CNN map tells me is most relevant to our fight.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  371. dave, So. Carolina

    the campaign is over, john failed the firdt teast when he selected palin. sorry john it's over

    October 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  372. jim cassell

    Jack, I know the Navy selects it's best and brightest for Navy flight school. Does that mean that only the bottom 5 guys are ineligible or did McCain maybe get there because of his father and grandfathers rank and maybe the cut mark is somewhere higher than 5th from the LAST IN CLASS !

    October 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  373. lynnej

    As long as Karl Rove and the rest of the Bush Boys are lurking about, this race is close. It shouldn't be. This should be completely over, a no-brainer.

    But look at the last two elections featuring Gore and Kerry. They should have been landslides. Look what happened there, hanging chads in Florida and voter suppression in Ohio. I won't sigh with relief until someone says President Elect Obama on November 5th.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  374. debbie/vancouver/canada

    HI Jack.........love your segments,
    And YES, it seems the other stations are saying that the Republican party is telling MCCain to head to states that need the Senate Rep. vote.. In other words, they want the sidekick to be exactley that... A SIDEKICK....so, i guess the circus is over and time to get the animals back to their cages....(alaska)

    October 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  375. Michael - Las Vegas

    If the republicans win this election it will be because they steal it with some yet to be seen fraudulent activities. After the last two elections – especially 2000 – and the conduct of the current administration with regard to our rights, I really don't put anything at all past the republican leadership. Sad, but true.

    There is simply no way the democrats can legitimately lose the presidential election at this point. So, if that happens next Tuesday and the media – ALL of the media (except fox of course) – doesn't vigorously investigate then it's not only shame on the republicans again, it will be a huge discredit to journalism in this country.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  376. Kevin - Davis, CA

    It’s been over for a long time. It’s frustrating that the media keeps telling us that it’s still a close race just so they have something to cover.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  377. Sherry,

    Like every election there is no way to tell, until we are told the day after the election. I feel we are all being cheated by a system that can be changed by people that don't care how they win, just as long as they win. We need to have paper ballots in every state that are exactly the same and can be actually counted. If there is a hanging chad too bad the hole that was punched should count, chad or no chad.
    Waynesburg, OH

    October 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  378. zaach from OHIO

    Don't think it's over till you vote... for Obama. Then, for each of us, the 8 year nightmare will be over.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  379. Adela

    Its not over until people get up of their butts and VOTE.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  380. kristi-wa

    It's over. McCain needs to be an adult and call Obama early on the 4th and say "congrats, you're the man." That way everyone can go to bed on time and not relive the last two presidental elections.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  381. Joel H.

    Due to early voting, it may be very much over. However, there's no time to get complacent my fellow democrats. Get out there and help get Obama into the White House!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  382. David

    Jack,over ? What are you talking about Palin will have her exploratory committe report on Wednesday.

    Nashville, TN

    October 30, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  383. Toni


    If McCain doesn't hear the fat lady singing, it's because he's wearing soundproof headphones.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  384. Marcus San Diego

    This race was over when McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running-mate. McCain chose this woman with the expectation that she would take a huge bite out of the 18 million American pie Hillary Clinton baked. But lets just be real, Sarah Palin can not chew her way out of a ginger-bread house.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  385. Deb / Mystic CT

    Connecticut Delagates are for Obama.....
    I am for Obama.
    I am sick of listening to Hohn McCain....he lives in the past and his apparent PTSD is very apparent......I see it and hear it as I have this disability as well....but I certainly dont use it to LIE,CHEAT, and Steal or manipulate the truth to suite my disorder..
    John McCain, takes everything that Obama out of context....or he flat out lies......or he takes excerpts of statements and twists and turn them to make himself sound so convincing..........He is a shameful man....Let me see or hear that he or they sell five of his seven houses and donate that revenue from the sale of his or his wife houses/ I mean how many houses does a person need?
    He is disgraceful

    October 30, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  386. Sue in Ohio

    I may not be Joe the Plumber, but I am a fat lady with a pretty good singing voice. I would love to sing a Obama's inauguration!! God Bless America! Finally, a real person going to the White House!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  387. Jason Alexander

    Even if Obama wins, and all his supporters start to have all these feel good parties all over the place – let me tell you something America. It's not about feeling good – This isn't about emotions – this isn't about having a cocktail party.

    There's a lot of work to be done. And no matter who takes over – this country could get even worse. Just ask the governor who took over Texas after George W. Bush was governor there; things got worse.
    We take so much for granted in this country, we even take Michael Phelps 8 gold medals for granted. We take our credit cards for granted, we take our freedoms for granted. Please I just want to urge all Americans to seriously be careful, just about being naive about these sorts of things.

    Jason, Humboldt County, California

    October 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  388. Tishia

    The presidential race is far from over. While early voting has established that our citizens have a yearning to participate and exercise their constitutional duties, it would be presumptive to put forward that the race is over until all have participated. Afterall, isn't it great that we live in a free and democratic country that permits participation from all.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  389. Brian Gregory

    I would like to think it’s a done deal, but based on the past (Florida, a swing state who has a history of making voters wait,) I don’t feel comfortable at all. Why can’t Sara Palin’s husband be from Florida and secede that state from the Union?

    October 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  390. Bob Dempsey

    Jack: Based on polls, it would appear that it is all over but the shouting. My big fear is that the pollsters have made a terrible error or that many are not telling the truth. I hope I am wrong. However, just in case, I would urge every Obama supporter to make sure they vote! McCain is a pathetic, tired old man who has a running mate that is the biggest joke the republican party has ever perpetrated on the American People. The US nor the world could survive a McCain/Palin administration.
    Bob-Lincoln NE

    October 30, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  391. Meg Ulmes

    I voted yesterday in Troy, Ohio. It was two in the afternoon and was crowded. I could feel the energy all through the courthouse hallway. I've never seen anything like this with the early voting and the passion and I've been voting since 1972. I think that the tide is running toward Obama–but I'm leery because the Republican capacity for dirty tricks so ably demonstrated in the last two presidential elections. I hope that Americans have gotten smarter and that Obama will win. I'll be glad when November 5th gets here and we have a new Democratic president.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  392. Shaundra

    As a proud Obama supporter, it ain’t over until it’s over. Everybody that can vote needs to vote. Period!

    Houston, TX

    October 30, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  393. Kevin, Torrance CA

    It's over after all the law suites have been settled.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  394. Hylan Givot, Chicago, IL


    I think it's obvious when you have some of your own campaign staff suggesting that you start using your campaign to help shore-up votes for the senatorial races! Now it is just a matter of saving face. Even Palin has returned her wardrobe...

    October 30, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  395. Sid-Hill,Tn

    It's almost over, but it seems like a life time away
    I can't wait to see who wins. I hope it's who I
    voted for, if it's not who I voted for. ..............God Bless us all.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  396. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    I'd LOVE to say that it's already over. However, it's not over till it's over. There are still a number of undecideds and unknowns that could make a difference. As we are constantly reminded, we are in uncharted territory (in a number of ways) and don't know how much we can trust the polls. Not only with the first African-American candidate (are people being truthful with the pollsters?), the youth vote and record number of new voters (will they actually turn out on election day or before?), and the issue about pollsters reaching people on cell phones (how many people no longer have land lines and what are their demographics?). And, even though there are only five days left, a lot can still happen in five days.

    Holding my breath till the last poll closes.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  397. jnd

    Not close enough...cant wait for Sarah to return to the frontier from which she appeared.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  398. Barry Cohen

    The election was over for Macain and Palin when they compromised what honesty and integrity they had to discredit and attack the OBama team with almost 100 percent of their time and energy! It’s a good thing that most of the American people can recognize this low life behavior and now they are going to do something about it next week at the polls!

    Barry Cohen
    Durango Colorado

    October 30, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  399. Shawn

    The race isn't over until the last ballot has been counted. Vote, vote, vote no matter what the polls say. Every constituent must remember the importance of going to the polls or filling out his/her ballot and getting it to the election center by November 4th. With that said, let's canvass, call people, or bring people to the polls.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  400. Adem Jemal, California


    October 30, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  401. nana

    As a Native American I have always been proud to vote. As my father always told us be proud of who you are and the one thing they can not take from you is the right to vote. I had my doubt about the past two presidential election but we support other countries the freedom,for the right to vote. But seeing the news and being informed of how things can go wrong is why my family and i voted early. Seeing the numbers and the map of the polls we know who should win. After Nov.4 will see if the right to vote means anything should another election have a major upset . Will I ever fill we as Americans can ever have a fair election. If not how do we except other countries to do the same .

    October 30, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  402. Gail Toney, Boaz, AL

    Jack, we know it's not over. Yes, let's get out the vote, but I must also add the political no-no and say please, pray! Barack Obama gives us more hope than we have known, as a country in many years. I too have nightmares about a McCain/Palin win. This country needs an Obama victory more than ever. Yes, the last 8 years have been bad, but the McCain campaign has caused so much devisiveness and racial tension to rise to the surface...with all else we're suffering...the economy, war...pray that we have a leader on Nov. 4 who can pull us together and give us back the hope that we so badly need.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  403. john/ma

    I think Obama has it in the bag

    October 30, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  404. Charles from Georgia

    It is over.. This presidential election is all about Obama. People either vote for him or vote against him. Is Joe the Plumber in the ballot?

    October 30, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  405. Kelly Green

    I've lived in Tucson, Arizona for 30 years and Arizona for over 40 years. John McCain has ignored Arizona and especially the Veterans needs here at home. Why should he care about the U.S.? VOTE OBAMA!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  406. sunshinek67

    It was over when Obama broke his promise and opted out of public financing

    October 30, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  407. Ron in Canada

    Jack, I have knots in my stomach, and I'm not even an American. By all logic, the election should have been over the day after the Couric interview.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  408. Eric in ATL

    The race isn't over until the last vote is counted.

    Voters should not get relaxed and just figure Obama has won. The relaxing of voters b/c they see Obama leading in the POLLS causes his supporters to figure their vote is not needed.

    John McCain's supporters just may be counting on Obama supporters to get relax and not vote then come out of everywhere imaginable in swarms and actually will the election for McCain.

    Everyone STILL needs to get out and vote.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  409. C. J. Sculley

    Jack You have got to be kidding! Do you remember the last 2 presidential elections? I for one will not think it's over until it's over. I just hope that means Nov 5th.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  410. OBDAG in Appleton, WI

    Come on Jack, the presidental race is not nearly over, it already is over – only McCain and Palin have not figured that out yet. The voting on Tuesday is only a formality, Obama is the winner. The only open question is what day and time are John and Cindy McCain along with Sarah Palin going to call Obama to apologize to him for conducting the sleaziest, nastiest and most negative campaign for president in my lifetime. Cindy must also specifically state that she was dead wrong when she saod Obama was running the most negative campaign. Further she must admit she is going to dump John at the time to find a guy that can actually say anything other than " My friends " 50 times in a 30 second TV spot. On Wednesday, I expect Palin to return to Alaska naked after she turns in her cloths to the RNC

    October 30, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  411. E B Atlanta

    Your vote is more than just a nod for Obama, it's a kick in the rear end of these last eight years. Please go and get your kick in, it's the only chance you will get. Even if Obama wins, you will feel a bit askew if you choose not to get yours in.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  412. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    The Fat Lady was arrested for drunk driving, so she'll be in jail for the next four days. After that, she'll be ready to sing!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  413. Karen

    As the great philospher Yogi Berra said: It aint' over til it's over'

    This election will be over on November 5th (if we're lucky). I am an Obama supporter but I know better than to count John McCain out.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  414. Mike

    This race was over when the stock market first went into freefall.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  415. Ron Narum

    I must remind you that, despite what you in the liberal media and your buddy Obama would like you to believe, the election is not over until it is over. But please keep giving us Republicans all the more reason to get fired up to vote for Mc Cain by trying to call the election before the votes have been cast and counted. Your polls have been very wrong before and, in case you have not noticed, they tightening each day.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  416. Carl (Quebec, Canada)

    The only chance McCain really had starting this campaign was to pick up an exceptional VP and put the eye of the public on Obama and Biden. McCain completely blowed it up. Not only he spent most of his compaign acting like a loser by attacking direclty Obama but he burned Palin as well.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  417. Pam

    I've been wearing my "That One That Won" T-shirt for days now!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  418. Paul Martin

    Hurst, Texas
    Given our recent history of voting results, legal challenges and the level of acrimony in this race I'd say it is too close to call.
    I'm a life long conservative voting for Obama.
    Many of the people I've met have expressed initial intention to vote for Obama however at the last minute they voted McCain.
    There reasoning was that he was a known evil.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  419. hurriCAIN PALIN

    it'll be over the second america sees the falseness of obama, before nov4

    October 30, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  420. Brett from California

    It's never over until it's over, to assume otherwise is to tread into the realm of idiocy when the race is not really that far apart.

    A single major event could change the whole face of this election in a day (rightly or wrongly) and you can bet that the are people praying for this and still others trying desperately to figure out how to make such an event occur.

    Barak Obama is smart enough to recognize this fact and isn't likely to believe that he has won until he has been declared the winner.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  421. Bob Dempsey

    McCain might win some over by simply telling the truth–that goes double for Palin. We are tired of hearing that Obama is going to raise everyones taxes, we are tired of hearing that Obama is going to raise taxes on small businesses, we are tired of hearing that Obama's health care ideas are going to cost the tax payer, we are tired of hearing "he has never used the word victory", etc. etc. Quit lying and by the way I would like to hear McCain and Palin define what they mean by "victory". Who are we trying to defeat? Apparently, McCain/Palin are unaware that Iraq wants the U.S. out by 2011. Do McCain/Palin think they will contiue U.S. presence even though Iraq wants us out?? Mcain and Palin should be more worried about the tens of thousands of job losses planned by BIG Business to save their bacon and make it possible to pay dividends to their stockholders. The bottom line is I don't believe McCain and certainly not Palin are capable of telling the truth to themselves let alone the American public.
    Bob-Lincoln NE

    October 30, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  422. Hayes

    Well Jack in theory 5 days. In reality I think with the huge voter turnout on Tuesday the Fat lady won't be singing until Wednesday or Thursday. And the popular vote doesn't guarantee electoral college votes. Let us not forget the Bush/Gore fiasco.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  423. J. Caraccioli

    According to my recollection Al Gore won, and he is yet to take office. Voter fraud, faulty machines and third party candidates are sure to be a hot topic november fifth so i don't see this thing ending until the end of next week.
    If the polls are truly indicative of what will happen, Democrats should stay focused and work hard until Obama is officially sworn in.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  424. Justin P. Nash

    The election isn’t over and I’ll tell you why. Americans are given receipts everywhere. At the gas pump, in the supermarket, at the bookstore, and the list goes on. Where the list doesn't go is in the voting booth. We are talking about the very foundation of our democracy, and we are not afforded the same verification that we are at a gas pump. That serious matters such as these, are handled by machines which leave no paper trace, and by whose means are so easily compromised, means that nobody can really know anything until it is all said and done.

    Justin P. Nash, Constitution Supporter, Sacramento, California.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  425. Chris from Canada

    As a citizen from a democratic country it isn't over untill that fat lady gives you a headache. Something very major could happen before Tuesday in this world such as an attack on a US millitary base. But if nothing changes McCain would have a better chance of becoming Miss America.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  426. Iris Omalley

    I missed when Sarah Palin submitted her health records; when was that?

    October 30, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  427. D. H. VANN, , MARYLAND


    I do not believe that they are all "undecided" voters. As one "undecided" voter stated when he was interviewed, he told the interviewer that he was voting for a third party, The interviewer told him that they would just mark him as an "undecided" voter. How many of those "undecided" voters are actually third-party voters?

    October 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  428. Rachel

    I truely think it is over. The undecided aren't telling anyone that they are going to vote third party just to make a statement. It's their right but they are making a mistake but....I cannont see how McCain/Palin can win. That has been like the 3 stooges minus one from the very beginning. I hope America is smarter than to put them in the White House. I have usually had a good hunch in these elections so if I am wrong it may be the first time. The writing is on the wall.Everyone can say what they want but Obama is the only one that has had it all together and has been a cool head throughout this whole mud slinging mess. How he kept his gentleman cool I'll never know. I guess it's because he is a gentleman. I hope the GOP learns a good lesson from this. I hope McCain does with his stupid idea of shoving Palin in there thinking he could spite her and/or take Hillary's votes.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  429. Sasha Pruett

    This race was over when McCain picked Sarah Palin as his VP candidate. Or perhaps, maybe the conservative Republican base picked Palin, but nonetheless, it's over...Barack Obama is our next president.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  430. Lucy, Miami, FL

    It was over when we all saw the GOP field of candidates. It was a sad bunch compared to Obama, Clinton, Biden. The GOP and their candidates have no idea what they stand for anymore. Even now they don't agree. Palin was a last ditch effort to give the radical base something to cling to. Their effort to be known as "mavericks" only validate that they trying to recreate the party. Their fatal flaw is that they are "mavericks" and don't fit in with the rest of the group.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  431. Joe Williams

    How close is the race to being over? Not close enough for me to sleep!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  432. Mike from Florida


    You're all idiots. If Obama is elected, you'll be sorry. This country will go to pot quickly. If you follow everything he says, it does mirror Chavez in Venezuela. Look at them. Look at all the freedoms the upper and middle classes lost because he wanted to make the lower class higher. He destroyed his country and we want Obama, Pelosi and Reed to destroy ours. Want to get a head, it's call hard work, keeping yourself out of legal trouble and taking advantage of the free education " we the people" provide.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  433. Cori from Colorado

    The Dem's have this all wrapped up, it's over for the GOP. Take it home boys!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:36 pm |