Rove: Get Ready for November, Obama

Former Bush adviser breaks down the race
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2008 7:47 AM CDT
White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove performs at the Radio and Television Correspondents Association annual dinner, in this March 28, 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama is now the prohibitive favorite for the Democratic nomination, writes Karl Rove, analyzing the presidential race for the Wall Street Journal. Clinton may still battle on, but there’s nothing Obama can or should do to stop her. Instead, he should focus on the general election where, by Rove’s count, he trails McCain in electoral votes 241-217.

Obama will almost certainly pull ahead of McCain once the nomination is settled, and McCain knows it, Rove says. But McCain will have plenty of time to catch back up, and he’s the strongest candidate the Republicans could have nominated. The protracted battle, meanwhile, has been good for Democrats (3.5 million new voters registered) and bad for Democrats (Jeremiah Wright).