At roughly 12.30am today, the most relieved students who spilled out onto Columbia University’s campus and the surrounding streets of Broadway and Amsterdam were probably not the staunch supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. They were the university’s journalism students who had just completed their most ambitious project yet: extensive multimedia coverage of the U.S. presidential election.
Posted, 7:49 p.m. — Kenyan Americans were among thousands of voters who went to the poll to decide the 44th President of the United States.
They braved the morning chill in New Jersey to ensure their votes counted, in boosting Senator Barack Obama’s chances of occupying White House.
Curtis High School in Staten Island hosts voters from the 18th, 19th and 20th electoral districts. Photo: Jackie Bischof
Gloria Smith is having a long day.
She woke up shortly after 4 a.m. to arrive at Curtis High School near the north shore of Staten Island by 5:30 a.m. By 11 a.m., she’s had her eye on the hundreds of voters that have already streamed through the door of the school. She’ll be spending her whole day there, answering questions from nervous first-time voters, directing the queues of impatient people, doing her job as a Democratic Party poll watcher.
She is not looking forward to this evening’s after-work rush, but was buoyed by the early morning voter turnout.
“It was amazing to see how many people came out and voted so early. I feel wonderful,” she said. “People feel like they are taking part in progress and they’re energized.”
The National Republican Congressional Committee announced today it would send more than $485,000 into Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District race — the core of the Omaha metropolitan area — signaling the party could be worried a long-time incumbent is at risk of losing his seat.
Rep. Lee Terry
The congressional district — solidly Republican in presidential elections since 1964 — has been reported to be a toss up in the presidential election between Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama. Recent polls show the presidential race is leaning toward McCain, but is near to the margin of error.
In another sign Democrats are targeting Omaha, Obama has three offices in Omaha with 15 paid staffers; McCain has no offices and relies on Republican volunteers.
Sen. Hillary Clinton will hold a rally in Omaha today for Barack Obama. This is on the heels of Sarah Palin’s Oct. 5 visit to this possibly up-for-grabs city.
Nebraska allots three of its five electoral college votes proportionally, and this year is the first year since 1964 one of those votes — that of the 2nd Congressional District, which overlays the core of the Omaha metropolitan area — is in play.
Clinton will speak at the 19,000-seat Qwest Center; Palin spoke at the 2,500-seat Music Hall of the Omaha Civic Auditorium, though crowds estimated at more than 6,000 snaked around the block trying to get in to see Palin.
In February, Obama drew 10,000 people to a Omaha rally.
The Obama campaign in Omaha has three offices with 15 paid staffers, according to the campaign. The McCain campaign has no offices in the city, and is instead relying on Republican volunteers.
Recent polls indicate the race within Omaha is tied.
— BY BRAD DAVIS
Source: Omaha World-Herald
Posted in Nebraska, News Roundup, Omaha
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McCain and Obama supporters this week.
After intense controversy and web outcry, Democratic Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania has apologized for his comments on Wednesday that “Western Pennsylvania is a racist area.”
John and Cindy McCain will be in Pennsylvania for campaign rallies and stump speeches on Monday and Tuesday, hitting Bucks County, Bensalem, and Harrisburg, among other places.
A longtime Republican State Senator, James J. Rhoades, died in a car accident on Saturday. He was 66.