election '08: eight days | numbers

By eug | eugonline October 27, 2008 at 5:30AM

election '08: eight days | numbers
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One week from tomorrow we'll finally elect our new President. Reading the polls and listening to the TV analysis today, I was thinking a lot about two years ago when folks pondered the possibility of Obama becoming the nominee. Many on both sides of the aisle doubted that as a black man in America, Obama could go the distance. But look at the current projected electoral map (270 votes are needed to win).

Yes, it's certainly too soon to declare victory, because there is still a lot of work to do. But, Obama's success so far -- the fact that there is so much blue on that map -- is impressive and exciting. Commentators are ready to declare this campaign over, but this final week is really what it's all about as the candidates make their final arguments.

Multiple times each day, when I see an Obama sign, a kid wearing a button, or a street vendor selling a t-shirt, and when I log onto Facebook and read about so many friends volunteering and working to support Obama in different ways, I ponder the possibility... It's thrilling and moving.

Hope.

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