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That's all folks!Posted Wednesday, November 5, 2008, at 9:33 AM
Well, it's the morning after a ridiculously long night at the courthouse and for the first time in a long time we have answers.
When I went to bed last night, aside from the Presidency it looked like the Republicans had taken several statewide offices, but it apparently turned into a country butt-kickin' somewhere between 2-6 a.m..
I've gotta say, I expected an Obama win last night. It just seemed like the stars were aligned for a big Dem night. What I did not expect was such an electoral landslide.
I would have never dreamed he would have crossed 350. I was guessing 290 making it pretty tight.
Stoddard County, however, made it quite clear that they didn't agree with the nation voting for McCain 70%-30%.
Regardless f how you feel about the President-Elect, a large part of the credit for his win goes to campaign director, David Plouffe. His strategy was to watch those key demographics and, rather than try to bring huge numbers from any one, he worked to gain about 3% on all of them over what John Kerry did in 2004. They did exactly that and it won an election. Simple as that.
The other thing I saw as a smart move was speaking to those giant crowds of 70-100,000 people. While McCain talked about how Obama didn't like town hall style meetings, the fact is, it was all part of the strategy.
I saw an interview last night saying that everyone who came in was asked for the addresses of five people they knew. They were then contacted and even a very low percentage of hits could result in millions of votes.
So, while the man does have charisma, I think it was behind the scenes strategy that really sealed the deal for him.
So, what do you guys think? How do you feel about last night or the campaigns as a whole now that oyu can look back on them?
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