Rove: Obama Wins if Vote Were Today

Republican strategist calls some close states for the Democrat
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2008 1:03 PM CDT
Bruce Springsteen performs at a free outdoor concert in support of Barack Obama in Philadelphia. Karl Rove's map has Pennsylvania going for the Democrat.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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(Newser) – 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.