Stu's "selective" electoral map shows McCain with a huge lead. Glenn isn't quite as optimistic...
STU: Yes, that's right, time for the political geek update. Yesterday we had a report that McCain was abandoning Iowa, Colorado, New Mexico. A new report today says he is doing the same, at least cutting spending in Wisconsin and New Hampshire as well. All of these supposedly because McCain thinks he can win Pennsylvania despite being down as much in Pennsylvania as most of those other states if not more. Also if these reports are right, he's lowering spending or abandoning these issues altogether, states altogether. He's dumping 35 electoral votes to win 21, which sounds like a 2007 Tampa Bay race strategy rather than a 2008 Tampa Bay race strategy. I know you understand that reference, Glenn. Right now we're taking everything at face value. This is where we stand. Obama has 364 electoral votes, meaning somehow McCain needs to pick up 95 by flipping states he's currently behind in. Where does he get them? Well, there's a group of states that are definitely possible for him to win without anything dramatic happening.
GLENN: You know, Stu, will you do me a favor?
GLENN: Stop talking about the presidential election. Tomorrow start talking about the states. We need to look at the states and we need to look at the Senate for filibuster. I want to start drilling down on that. I think America has made her decision. You know, I hope I'm wrong on that but I just have a feeling with the TV ratings now plummeting after the last debate, I just think that America's like, "Okay, I feel comfortable enough with Barack Obama." So now what is going to happen in the states? Do we have any real Blue Dog Democrats that are going to be elected to the Senate, that are a chance of a filibuster against crazy things? Are there states where it's close, where if people focus their energy in the states, they would be able to help the Senate?
STU: Yeah, sure, we can do it on the Senate update and everything tomorrow. Would you like me to at least give you --
GLENN: You go ahead and call your states.
STU: All right. Call -- we'll skip to calling the states here today, Glenn. Glenn's not interested in -- he's called the election. We're all set.
The Glenn Beck program can now announce the winner of the presidential campaign. Barack Obama is the next President of the United States. He's defeated John McCain.
GLENN: This is not -- no, no, this is not --
STU: Glenn Beck has announced --
GLENN: This is not helpful.
STU: Apparently all votes will now go to Barack Obama.
GLENN: The one thing that I have said on this whole campaign is don't ever call this one out until it's out. Don't ever, ever call this one over until it's over. But you know what? Let's -- just like John McCain says, you know what, let's focus on some states and let's pool our resources. You know what, let's try to focus on those close races, especially in the Senate where there's a chance of a filibuster.
STU: Yeah. Actually, Glenn, we are on top of that. We've been lining up senators and we'll be talking to senators in the close races because there are about a good, I don't know, almost dozen races that are vital that are coming up, some of them very, very close. So we'll be talking to senators in the next couple of days. By the way, in case you care, my states I'm calling today, Minnesota for Barack Obama and Mississippi for John McCain. Our total electoral vote count with the exception of Glenn calling the election already because it doesn't really matter, 98-55 for John McCain.