Means the race between Obama and McCain is going to be closer than a lot of you seem to think.
If Obama wins the 255 votes in the states where he’s favored, then to get to 270 he needs to choose from the following menu: 1) Win Ohio, which takes him to 275; 2) win in the West – Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado, for 274; 3) win the three N’s (Nevada, New Mexico, New Hampshire) for 269, plus one other state; or 4) win two of the three N’s and either Colorado or Virginia.
This obviously doesn’t mean McCain has it locked up, but just that you folks counting your chickens before they’ve hatched should re-think your certainty…
Also, see these Rovian EC maps:
Also note Clinton would probably be a stronger general election candidate ( http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/05/roves-latest-el.html ). And this doesn’t even account for any residual bitterness from her supporters over all the warm fuzzies from the Dem Primary (See here for an example of some of that fuzziness in liberal Seattle: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2004425727_hillary20m.html - and that’s not just those non-college educated white folks in Appalachia…).
Could the Democrats do the unthinkable and change their default candidate from a year ago and actually lose a race they could have easily won? YES THEY CAN!