Election Night Coverage November 4, 2008Posted by gjchatalas in Digital Democracy, Election, Media, Politics.
Tags: 2008 election, Bellweather, Blogs, Media
Blogs Keeping Up with Big Media Coverage So Far
Popular political blogs Talking Point Memo and Political Wire are being cautious in their tone, but exit polls and numbers from the states where polls have closed are indicating Obama is looking good in crucial state Virginia and close in Indiana. Political Wire says it has lots of numbers, but is taking them with a grain of salt at this point; however, if the numbers are accurate, “battleground states will probably be called much earlier than expected.
Both these sites have great maps where you can zero in on a county to see the tallies as the votes are counted. These rival that which we see by the big media sites like CNN and MSNBC. And as of now, I see nothing on the big guys’ sites that I don’t see on TPM and Political Wire in terms of results and information.
Meanwhile, hardcore liberal blog Daily Kos says Virginia is a done deal for Obama… and not even close. Oops… it just changed… too close to call after all. That’s obviously an overly enthusiastic blog at the moment.
Small Indiana County May Portend National Trend
Vigo County in western Indiana is showing Obama with a 57-42 lead with 80 percent of the votes counted. In 2004, Bush won Vigo 53-46.
Furthermore, Vigo is described as one of the more reliable bellweather counties in the nation. It’s only missed on the president twice since 1892. And its final numbers have proven to be remarkably close to those of the country.
These posts first appeared on November 4, 2008 at the 2008 Digital Democracy Election Blog