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Veep Debate

I was looking forward to doing the liveblogging and popcorn thing again with tonight’s Veep debate, but turns out I have a parent event at Amy’s school I need to go to. So I’m going to have to be watching on Tivo significantly later in the evening. Kind of a bummer. And I’ll have to be careful to avoid spoilers! I’ll of course post thoughts later, but won’t do a tape delayed liveblog or anything.

A Visit from Midnight

Yesterday while I was at work, I got this email from Brandy:

From: Brandy
Subject: um…
Date: 1 October 2008 18:36:35 GMT

So I was sitting on the couch, reading the thingie for English, and I heard a thump. I figured it was Roscoe or Amy. Then I saw something run by in the corner of my eye. I looked over expecting it to be one of my hallucinations, and there was a little black cat. In the living room. Looking right back at me, like, “what the hell are you doing here?” Who had come from our room or your office. I said hello, and it ran outside.

Is there something you forgot to tell me?

I am highly allergic to cats, but I still want one. I wish it had decided to stay!

Electoral College: MN strengthens for Obama, NV flips to Obama

The surge toward Obama continues today, with two more states moving in his direction:

Minnesota (10 ev): Obama’s lead goes back above 5%, moving the state from Lean Obama to Weak Obama, and making it no longer a swing state.

Nevada (5 ev): The five poll average moves from Lean McCain to Lean Obama. The usual comments… either way, too close to call, don’t read too much into it, blah blah blah.

OK, new summary:

New Summary:

McCain Best Case – McCain 288, Obama 250
Obama Best Case – Obama 375, McCain 163

If everybody gets their leans – 353 Obama, 185 McCain

So, the main thing is once again that the rapid movement of states in the Obama direction continues. The “everybody gets their leans” number continues to be an all time high for Obama. The “Strong+Weak” count for Obama is now 250, which isn’t quite the 261 it was back in July, but it is pretty close.

Obama now only needs to flip 20 more electoral votes from “Lean” to “Weak” to be able to win without any swing states at all.

Right now in my last five poll averages we have Florida (27 ev) at a 4.6% Obama lead, Virginia (13 ev) at a 4.2% Obama lead and Wisconsin (10 ev) at a 4.6% Obama lead. Any of those three could easily move from “Lean” to “Weak” by going over 5% with even one more poll showing a better than 5% lead.

There is still over a month until the election, and much can happen, so I’m not ready to say anything about what things might look like on election eve. To be sure, any of those states could start heading the other direction at any moment… that is probably actually somewhat likely… but at the same time I would not be surprised at all if sometime within the next week we see a situation where McCain’s best case is still a loss.