I’ve done my civic duty. I’ve voted. It was exciting getting to cast my ballot almost two weeks before the official opening of the polls in The States. My envelope and my vote may even have already been counted. I won’t get to wear a small circular sticker boasting “I Voted Today!”, but I can feel a bit of pride because I know that I did.
This morning I happened to catch a bit of the BBC news before work and it all seems quite positive. I think the last really unofficial poll here stated that around 80% of UK residents would vote for Obama if they could. Good news, I guess. If only it was a World Election and not just a US one… Although I think the past 8 years would have been quite different if it had been a World Election at that time, but never mind.
I just thought it might be interesting for my US readers to see what the UK newspapers are saying about the US Election:
The Guardian – “America’s Moment of Truth – – Obama leads in all main surveys-Biggest ever US voter turnout likely-Fears key results may be delayed”
“The excitement generated by Obama’s candidacy is expected to see between 130million and 140million Americans vote… Although election officials expressed confidence that polling booths would cope, campaigners and analysts expressed fears that the strain could see long queues and stations having to extend opening hours into the night. The effect would be a delay in declaring results in key states. With all the major polls putting Obama well ahead, political analysts from right to left said they expected him to easily reach the 270 of 538 electoral votes needed to win the presidency and many predicted a landslide.”
The Scottish Daily Mirror – “Believe…We can change the world” Obama’s Rally Cry
“Surveys have put Obama on course to become America’s first black president. But polls are tightening in battleground states of Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Nevada and Ohio and the contest was last night far from over.” Then they have a map of the USA with the States all colored to show which way they are leaning.
The Independent – “America Votes – – Democratic and Republican candidates traverse US in final dash for presidential votes”
“… at least one million people are expected to converge on Grant Park in downtown Chicago tonight, hoping to witness Mr Obama taking the stage in the day’s dwindling hours to declare victory and to celebrate becoming the first African American to capture the land’s highest office. While the polls continued to give the fuller wind to the Democrat, his Republican opponent stayed scrapping to the end…”
The Times – “America Decides – – After two years and a billion dollars, a tumultuous campaign comes down to the voting”
“New voters have propelled the expected turnout to a record high of 130 million, with 30 million already having cast their ballots. Democrats appeared to have benefited the most, with a surge of enthusiasm by young and black voters. Although some polls have tightened in the final days, Mr Obama – who has led in more than 250 national surveys conducted since September 25th – said he was ‘cautiously optimistic’.” “Mr Obama has already begun to look beyond today’s election towards the transition…he is bracing himself for one of the worst inheritances – including two unfinished wars and an economic crisis – of any modern president.”
The Daily Telegraph – “Fighting to the last in race for the White House”
“The race for the White House entered its final hours last nit with a start contrast in the moods of the two candidates. John McCain criss-crossed the country with a frenetic tour of swing states while Barack Obama tried to maintain a more relaxed approach. The polls gave the Democratic nominee a comfortable lead and he appeared calm and confident as he called o voters to seize ‘this defining moment in history’.”
The Herald has a two-page spread on the Election as well, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. Their colorful map is similar to the one in the Scottish Daily Mirror with the same states red and blue.
It is all very exciting here, but not very tense as the UK is predicting a landslide in Obama’s favor. The coverage on the BBC begins at 11:20 tonight and various international news channels are covering the results throughout the night. Most of the newspapers have a schedule of when the results come in for the key states.
Me? I plan on staying up most of the night because this may be the most exciting Presidential race of my lifetime and I’d rather not sleep through it. I may be a bit sleepy tomorrow, but I have a feeling it will be worth it.
Although, with some newspapers suggesting that a reliable result won’t come through until at least the end of the week, I’m not really sure if I should bother.