Karl Rove isn't seeing red when he looks at his crystal electoral map, reports Politico, and is seeing enough blue to propel Barack Obama into the White House if the vote were held today. The GOP strategist has moved Minnesota and New Hampshire into the Democratic column, but cautions that the race is still plenty prone to dramatic swings. Meanwhile, in the battleground state of Virginia, GOP leaders are squirming, Politico reports.
Polls put the race there within the margin of error, a shock to Republicans counting on the state's 44-year record of conservative voting. Obama's campaign has sunk its resources into Virginia, while John McCain has held just one event there. But Republicans take comfort in the rightward leanings of moderates in Virginia and other too-close-to-call states.