Don't Get Cocky, Obama Cautions Supporters

19 days is a long time in electoral politics, candidate warns
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2008 3:00 PM CDT
Irish tourists Marie Moynihan, left, and Liz O'Mullane pose with a cardboard cutout of Barack Obama, used to promote condom sales, Oct. 14, 2008 in New York.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Polls show that Barack Obama has a solid lead, nationally and in several swing states, over John McCain. But the Democrat warned supporters today to be wary of overconfidence, Reuters reports. “I've been in these positions before when we were favored and the press starts getting carried away and we end up getting spanked,” Obama told a New York audience.

With 19 days to the election, Obama reminded the crowd that it also seemed likely he would win the New Hampshire primary, in which a resurgent Hillary Clinton claimed a surprising victory. “For those of you who are feeling giddy or cocky or think this is all set, I just have two words for you: New Hampshire,” he said.