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5:10 AM ET, November 4, 2008


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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
First town weighs in on election at midnight  —  (CNN) — The first wave of election returns won't flow in until 7 p.m. ET Tuesday night, but the results in one precinct will be known much sooner.  —  Dixville Notch, a village in New Hampshire's northeast corner, will begin voting at the stroke …
Dixville Notch has spoken: It's Obama in a landslide  —  DIXVILLE NOTCH, New Hampshire (CNN) — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama emerged victorious in the first election returns of the 2008 presidential race, winning 15 of 21 votes cast in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire.
Discussion: Comedy Central and Daily Kos
Matthew Borghese / All Headline News:
First Votes In As New Hampshire Town Picks Barack Obama  —  Dixville Notch, NH (AHN) - The town of Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, with a population of around 75 people and only 21 registered voters, has picked Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) to be the next president of the United States.
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Obama's Grandmother Dies  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A tragic turn of events for Sen. Barack Obama: his ailing grandmother died today.  —  Here's a statement from Obama and his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng:  —  “It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer.
Obama's grandmother dies after battle with cancer  —  (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died following a bout with cancer, Obama and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, said Monday.  —  She was 86.  —  “She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman …
Eli Sanders / Slog:
Will Madelyn Dunham's Vote Count?
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs and The RBC
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Pays Tribute to His Grandmother After She Dies
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Joe Klein / Swampland:
To The Mountaintop  —  Word comes that Barack Obama's grandmother has died.
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Networks May Call Race Before Voting Is Complete  —  At least one broadcast network and one Web site said Monday that they could foresee signaling to viewers early Tuesday evening which candidate appeared to have won the presidency, despite the unreliability of some early exit polls in the last presidential election.
Gateway Pundit:
Breaking: FOX News Reports McCain Camp VERY OPTIMISTIC!  (Video)  —  Breaking: FOX News is reporting that...  The McCain Campaign is VERY OPTIMISTIC with the latest developments.  —  Carl Cameron who is traveling with the McCain Campaign says John McCain is the most optimistic as he has been in 14 years!
Lisa Demer / Anchorage Daily News:
New Troopergate report clears Palin  —  A new report just released — hours before the polls open on Election Day — exonerates Gov. Sarah Palin in the Troopergate controversy.  —  The state Personnel Board-sanctioned investigation is the second into whether Palin violated state ethics law …
Jason George / The Swamp:   Palin cleared by second Troopergate probe
Fox News:   Report Released Shows No Evidence Palin Violated Ethics Law
The Trail / Washington Post:
Karl Rove Predicts Obama Blowout  —  The architect is not optimistic.  —  Karl Rove, who is widely credited as the mastermind behind President Bush's election victories in 2000 and 2004, predicts that Democratic nominee Barack Obama will win Tuesday's election with 338 electoral votes while Republican John McCain garners 200.
Discussion: WhirledView and DownWithTyranny!
The Trail / Washington Post:
California GOP Files FEC Complaint Over Obama Visit to Grandmother  —  Perhaps the most ill-timed press release of the 2008 campaign arrived shortly after 1:30 p.m. today, sent by the Republican National Committee.  —  The release forwarded word that the California Republican Party filed …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Towleroad
John McCain / Wall Street Journal:
What We're Fighting For  —  Protectionism and tax hikes are wrong for the economy.  —  The presidential election occurs at a pivotal moment.  Our nation is fighting two wars abroad, suffers from the greatest global financial crisis since the Great Depression, and is facing a painful recession.
Little Green Footballs:
Columbia Univ. Director Replies to Request for Khalidi Tape: ‘Yeah, Right ... Loser’  —  An LGF reader contacted Columbia University (and a lot of other potential sources, including the LA Times) with a polite request that they help release the tape of Rashid Khalidi with Barack Obama …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Say Anything
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Attack Ad On Himself  —  I should have gotten this out earlier, but just didn't get all the video clips together quick enough.  In putting this together, it's been surprising, even to someone who's followed the entire presidential race in great detail, the extent to which Obama has gotten away …
Nate Silver /
Today's Polls, 11/3 (PM Edition)  —  With fewer than six hours until voting begins in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, the national polling picture has cleared up considerably.  Barack Obama is on the verge of a victory, perhaps a decisive victory, in the race for the White House.
Fox News:
Biden Offers His Take on Girls  —  In what has become noted and typical fashion, the Delaware senator isn't shy to express his view of the origin of women's strength.  —  —  LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. — “Hey folks, 37 more hours!”  —  Joe Biden greeted a crowd primed for the home stretch …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
The '08 Race: A Sea Change for Politics as We Know It  —  The 2008 race for the White House that comes to an end on Tuesday fundamentally upended the way presidential campaigns are fought in this country, a legacy that has almost been lost with all the attention being paid to the battle between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama.
Discussion: The Next Right and Taylor Marsh
Sarah Palin / The Huffington Post:
John McCain Can't Stop Saying The F-Word (It's Not What You Think)  —  As his campaign comes to a close, John McCain has landed on a favorite theme, one he has repeated over and over and over again over the last week.  It appears the GOP candidate is really, really itching for a fight.
Drudge Report:
McCAIN CAMPAIGN MEMO: READING THE EXIT POLLS  —  As we have seen in previous election cycles, the exit poll results do leak early and that ends up influencing the coverage of the race before even the first state polls close at 6:00 PM Eastern.  —  However, we want to remind the campaign …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama's Support Built on Change, McCain's on Experience  —  Reasons given for support echo findings from earlier this year  —  PRINCETON, NJ — As voters prepare to go to the polls on Nov. 4, a new Gallup Poll panel survey shows that Barack Obama voters say they are motivated to vote …
The Campaign Spot:
All Barack Obama Statements Come With an Expiration Date.  All Of Them.  —  By popular demand, the list of expired Obama statements...  Consumers should be aware that promises, pledged, and soul-healing rhetoric are only effective for a limited time; upon expiration they become “just words.”
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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Toby Harnden / Toby Harnden's blog listings:
Barack Obama described as prophet Moses by bishop  —  Adulation of the Democratic nominee is building to a crescendo.  Offering a prayer before a rally in Columbus, Ohio today, Cornal Garnett Henning, an AME bishop for parts of Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, compared him to Moses and Martin Luther King in the same breath.
Discussion: Flopping Aces and
Anne Applebaum / Slate:
Voter Beware  —  Election Day myths you must resist.  —  Tuesday is Election Day, and, as always, Election Day is fraught with peril.  Beware the seductiveness of opinion polls, which can badly mislead.  Beware the even greater attraction of exit polls, which have so often been wrong in the past.
Discussion: Washington Post
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