05 November 2008

US 2008: Early Results favour Obama

On the basis of the first declared votes from the US eastern seaboard, from Indiana and Kentucky, and from various exit polls in the eastern states a first trend in the US presidential election begins to emerge.

And what we are seeing indicates a strong performance by the Democrats and a likely success for Senator Barack Obama.

Even in traditionally right-wing Republican states in the South, which will undoubtedly go to John McCain, the percentage of public votes going to Barack Obama and the Democrats is significantly higher than in previous elections, and much larger than in the 2004 election, when the Democratic candidate was Senator John Kerry.

As I write this, the balance in the all-important Electoral College stands at

81 for Barack Obama to 34 for John McCain.

The Emerald Islander

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