- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Associated Press has compiled a state-by-state review of the race for the White House as well as key congressional and gubernatorial campaigns. The state’s number of electoral votes is in parentheses.

ALABAMA (9) — McCain territory. Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions safe. Each party struggling to hold an open House seat.

ALASKA (3) — Running mate Sarah Palin’s state safe for McCain. Convicted GOP Sen. Ted Stevens and Republican Rep. Don Young in deep trouble.

ARIZONA (10) — McCain’s home state should be safe but isn’t quite. Democrats on track to pick up one House seat.

ARKANSAS (6) — McCain’s for sure. Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor safe for re-election. CALIFORNIA (55) — Obama gets the biggest prize, 55 electoral votes of 270 needed. Close race to replace retiring Republican in the House.

COLORADO (9) — Obama making a run in a red state. Democratic Rep. Mark Udall favored to win open Republican Senate seat.

CONNECTICUT (7) — Easy win for Obama. Democrats try again to defeat Rep. Chris Shays.

DELAWARE (3) — Obama’s for sure in running mate’s home state. Sen. Joe Biden winning new term as insurance policy. Jack Markell favored to keep governor’s office in Democratic hands.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (3) — Obama country.

FLORIDA (27) — Another tough southern fight for Obama and McCain. Democratic Rep. Kevin Mahoney headed for defeat, but Republicans expected to lose at least one seat of their own.

GEORGIA (15) — McCain favored, but big early voting turnout gives Obama hope. GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss faces potential runoff on Dec. 2 in three-way race.

HAWAII (4) — State where Obama spent part of his youth is safe for him.

IDAHO (4) — McCain by far. Republican Jim Risch winning disgraced Sen. Larry Craig’s seat. Democrats target Rep. Bill Sali.

ILLINOIS (21) — Obama’s home state safe. Democratic Sen. Durbin cruising to new term. Democrats favored to pick up at least one House seat.

INDIANA (11) — Obama making a strong push in state next door to his own. Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels favored.

IOWA (7) — Obama’s the favorite in state where caucuses launched him in January. Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin cruising to new term.

KANSAS (6) — Easy win for McCain. Republican Sen. Pat Roberts safe. GOP makes a run at first-term Democratic Rep. Nancy Boyda.

KENTUCKY (8) — Safe for McCain. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell in close and costly race. Democrats figure to pick up one House seat.

LOUSIANA (9) — McCain’s with ease. Democrats say Sen. Mary Landrieu safe but GOP makes a run.

MAINE (4) — Obama, safely so. GOP Sen. Susan Collins coasting to third term.

MARYLAND (10) — Obama territory. Democrats push to pick up open GOP House seat.

MASSACHUSETTS (12) — Obama for sure. Sen. John Kerry gets new term four years after losing White House.

MICHIGAN (17) — McCain conceded the state to Obama weeks ago. Democratic Sen. Carl Levin safe.

MINNESOTA (10) — Part of Obama’s base. GOP Sen. Norm Coleman is in a difficult race vs. Al Franken and independent Dean Barkley.

MISSISSIPPI (6) — Southern state for McCain. Appointed Sen. Roger Wicker struggling for final four years of term; veteran Sen. Thad Cochran safe for re-election.

MISSOURI (11) — Classic presidential swing state. Democrat Jay Nixon favored to replace retiring Republican governor.

MONTANA (3) — McCain favored, but Obama launched late push. Democratic Sen. Max Baucus and Gov, Brian Schweitzer safe for new terms.

NEBRASKA (5) — McCain state; Obama making play for one electoral vote. Former Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns easy winner for seat of retiring Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel.

NEVADA (5) — Western toss-up. Democrats take aim at GOP Rep. Jon Porter. NEW HAMPSHIRE (4) — Obama territory. GOP Sen. John Sununu in uphill climb for new term. Democratic Gov. John Lynch easy winner.

NEW JERSEY (15) — Safe for Obama. Ditto Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Republican retirements create two highly competitive House races.

NEW MEXICO (5) — Obama’s to lose. Retirement of GOP Sen. Pete Domenici gives Democrats a pickup.

NEW YORK (31) — Obama’s for sure. Democrats close in on at least two GOP-held House seats.

NORTH CAROLINA (15) — Polls close in one of Obama’s southern targets. GOP Sen. Elizabeth Dole trails Kay Hagan consistently in polls. Close gubernatorial contest.

NORTH DAKOTA (3) — Leaning McCain. Republican Gov. John Hoeven on track for new term.

OHIO (20) — Obama ahead in late polls in state McCain must win. Democrats on track to pick up at least one House seat.

OKLAHOMA (7) — McCain’s by far. Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe safe for new term.

OREGON (7) — Obama’s an easy winner in mail-in ballot state. Also made a television commercial to help Jeff Merkley, in extremely close race against GOP Sen. Gordon Smith.

PENNSYLVANIA (21) — Obama ahead in polls in blue state that McCain targeted. Democratic Reps. Paul Kanjorski and John Murtha in jeopardy.

RHODE ISLAND (4) — Part of Obama’s base. Democratic Sen. Jack Reed a sure bet for new term.

SOUTH CAROLINA (8) — McCain’s with ease. Close ally, Sen. Lindsey Graham, on track for re-election.

SOUTH DAKOTA (3) — McCain country. Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson safe despite lingering speech problems stemming from brain hemorrhage in 2006.

TENNESSEE (11) — Easy win for McCain. GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander coasting.

TEXAS (34) — President Bush’s home state for McCain. GOP Sen. John Cornyn on track for new term.

UTAH (5) — As safe as anything can be for McCain. Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman coasting to new term.

VERMONT (3) — Obama territory. Republican Gov. Jim Douglas favored but race could go to legislature.

VIRGINIA (13) — Obama seems ahead in traditionally Republican state. Mark Warner should win open GOP Senate seat. Democrats figure to gain at least one seat in House.

WASHINGTON (11) — Obama with ease. Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire in tough rematch vs. 2004 foe.

WEST VIRGINIA (5) — McCain favored, but Obama ran ads late. Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Gov. Joe Manchin safe for new term.

WISCONSIN (10) — Obama territory. Republicans challenge Democratic Rep. Steve Kagen.

WYOMING (3) — Safe for McCain. One full Senate term and one partial, both easy GOP victories.

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