Friday, May 9, 2008

Rasmussen Stops Polling Primaries - Moves on to the Presidency


However, while Senator Clinton has remained close and competitive in every meaningful measure, she is a close second and the race is over. It has become clear that Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee.

With this in mind, Rasmussen Reports will soon end our daily tracking of the Democratic race and focus exclusively on the general election competition between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama. Barring something totally unforeseen, that is the choice American voters will have before them in November. While we have not firmly decided upon a final day for tracking the Democratic race, it is coming soon.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows Barack Obama attracting 47% of the vote while John McCain earns 44%. This is the fourth straight day that Obama has had at least a one-point advantage over McCain. While it is not a statistically significant lead, it is the first time Obama has led McCain on consecutive days in two months.


Obama Beer Choices Video

When in PBR land, you must drink a up, some Oregon IPA

Did Edwards Vote for Obama in NC???

With the Edwards Endorsement Watch Long looks like Edwards Voted for Obama....or did he? Why is he playing this neutral game? Geez...

Obama Takes Superdelegate Lead!!!

What's in the way now of becoming the Democratic Nominee?

Oh, nothing....JUST HILLARY!

ABC -ABC News' Karen Travers Reports: For thPublish Poste first time this campaign season, Barack Obama has surpassed Hillary Clinton's support among superdelegates, according to the ABC News delegate estimate.

Sen. Obama, D-Ill., picked up two superdelegates this morning giving him a new metric to tout in addition to his current commanding leads in pledged delegates, popular votes, states won, and money raised.

Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., switched his endorsement from Clinton to Obama and Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., endorsed Obama. DeFazio was previously uncommitted.

With these endorsements, Obama has the support of 267 superdelegates and Clinton has 265 superdelegates.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Time Magazine - Obama the Nominee

An Open Letter to US Congressman Mike McIntyre

DOITMIKE! Below is a letter I sent to Mike McIntyre, a US Congressman in the State of North Carolina and from my hometown of Lumberton, NC, asking him to support Obama.


My name is Jedidiah (Jed) Gant and I grew up in Lumberton, North Carolina. Shortly after, I went to school at UNC Charlotte and then accepted a job in London working for a Dutch architecture firm. After spending a couple of years overseas in one of the largest cities in the world, I moved back to North Carolina and now live and work in Downtown Raleigh. I have always lived in highly concentrated urban areas since leaving Lumberton but my parents and little sister (who is in high school) still live there. Therefore, a large piece of my heart is still in the city I was reared in.

If there is one thing I have learned in my years in the big cities and traveling the world, it is that respectable leadership and concern for social issues are high on the list to keep a stable society. Living in the UK during Bush's term was nothing short of dreadful. America's reputation was scarred by this administration and I saw it around me daily. The international community must know that our country is serious about it's role in the world in the near future.

It is for these reasons that I would encourage you to vote for and endorse Senator Barack Obama. He represents a progressive future for our country and its relationship on the world front. Obama understands the concerns that face the urbanite like myself as well as the small town family (like my own). I would like for my little sister and children to grow up in a world of hope. A world of peace. A world of progressive politics. I think supporting Barack Obama is a giant leap in this direction.


Jedidiah Gant

NC Super Brad Miller Endorses Obama

Congressman Brad Miller has Endorsed Obama.

"I will cast my vote as a delegate in Denver for Senator Barack Obama. The decision was not easy. Senator Clinton has run an impressive campaign, and has spoken eloquently to the concerns to working and middle class American families. She is one of the great leaders of this generation."

"Senator Obama understands that he has the chance not just to win the election this year, but to be a great president. Americans know that Republican policies have failed because their ideas are wrong. Americans know that our government has not acted to use Franklin Roosevelt's words, as trustees for the whole people, but have taken the side of powerful economic interests on every issue. Americans want a fundamental change in course."

"Senator Obama seized that opportunity."

Video - Obama Questioned by White House Press

"Okay guys, how about just going ahead and let me walk..."

Obama Beer Pics

As I stated before, Obama visited the Raleigh Times for a beer and a big tip. Now the articles are freely flowing and here are a couple of photos of Obama's new strategy, BEER!

Politico Superdelegate Tracker

Politico has a great spreedsheet like application on their website tracking all the superdelegates for Obama and Clinton. See it Here.

Hillary Clinton - Obama's Vice President

There has always been talk of a "Dream Ticket".....reality may be setting in. Although it wouldn't be my choice.

There are various exit strategies right now. Number one would be, go out on a win. So, stay in until West Virginia, where Sen. Clinton is likely the winner, and Kentucky on May 20, and after that, bow out. Two, negotiate for the imposition of Michigan and Florida, to get those delegations seated, declare victory on that, and get out. But the big one, Charlie — and this is what some people close to the Clintons are talking about: Is there a way to negotiate a settlement with Barack Obama to have Sen. Clinton on the ticket?



Previous Dream Ticket Discussion Video below

Obama to Declare Victory on May 20th.

I get married on Saturday, May 17th. We fly out of RDU on the afternoon of May 20th for Portland, OR. The next day is my birthday, May 21. What better way to spend a honeymoon/birthday than with the victory of Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee for President (the candidate that my soon-to-be wife and I have been supporting from the beginning of this fiasco). Maybe Obama will have a rally close by that we can go to while in Portland. FULL ARTICLE

Not long after the polls close in the May 20 Kentucky and Oregon primaries, Barack Obama plans to declare victory in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

And, until at least May 31 and perhaps longer, Hillary Clinton’s campaign plans to dispute it.

Edwards Campaign Manager Endorses Obama

The Edwards Endorsement Watch has officially ended but maybe he'll still Endorse???

ABC News has learned that David Bonior, the campaign manager for the 2008 presidential race of Sen. John Edwards, D-NC, will endorse Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, today.

Bonior, a former Michigan congressman, was once the second highest ranking Democrat in the House, and is influential with labor unions.

Tuesday night's results were said to be key to Bonior's decision -- specifically the fact that Obama's lead over Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, appears insurmountable.

Bonior is also said to like Obama's general positive tone, as well as Obama's message of change and stance against taking money from federal lobbyists.

Edwards has not yet endorsed either candidate.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Search Function Added to All Things Obama

Now you can search All Things Obama. In the right column, I've placed a search box, so type in whatever term, senator, television show, or whatever you would like to find and simply tap Gobama! Enjoy....

Rush Limbaugh Switches to Obama

What a Wacko!

from Ben Smith at Politico -

Rush Limbaugh, between crowing about the success and attention of his "Operation Chaos," switched sides in the Democratic primary this morning.

"I now urge the Democratic superdelegates to go publicly make your mind up for Obama," he said.

Earlier, he said, "I'm now tempted to tell superdelegates to pick Obama because I now believe he would be the weakest nominee."

Sunday Pundits Declare the Democratic Race Over

Tim Russert already stated the obvious last night. Now the rest of the television pundits are following suit.

I can't wait until the Sunday shows!!!!

"I think there's an increasing presumption tonight that Obama's going to be the nominee," Chris Wallace, the Fox News host, said to Karl Rove, President George W. Bush's longtime political guru, who is now a Fox News analyst.

Bob Schieffer on the CBS News program "Early Show": "Basically, Maggie, this race is over."

George Stephanopoulos on the ABC program "Good Morning America": "This nomination fight is over."

Matt Lauer on the NBC News program " Today": "Good morning, is it over?"


Young Black Man vs. Old White Man

I can't believe that phrase just came out of my mouth, but it is the truth. The general election will be about White V Black and Youth V Experience. New V Old.

I have high hopes that youth, black and new will prevail, but I couldn't resist after the following Huffington Post headline and photo.

Delegate Count

Wesley Clark Tells Hillary to Quit

There's been talk about Wesley Clark being Obama's Vice Presidential candidate and this is great news to hear him attempting to push Clinton aside.

And now it's time for the General to do one more mission. He need to publicly endorse Barack Obama. Hillary is intent on staying in the race, even though we now know that even if we just give her her "wins" in Michigan and Florida, she still loses to Obama in both delegates and overall votes. General Clark must know this. He must know that Hillary is now hurting our nominee, hurting our party, hurting our chances to defeat McCain in the fall. General Clark, where are you?

Video Obama at Raleigh Times Bar Raleigh

George McGovern Endorses Obama

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Former Sen. George McGovern, who backed Hillary Rodham Clinton, is urging her to drop out of the Democratic presidential race.

McGovern said Wednesday he has decided to endorse Barack Obama.

After watching the returns from the North Carolina and Indiana primaries Tuesday night, McGovern says it's virtually impossible for Clinton to win the nomination.

McGovern says he is calling former President Clinton to tell him of the decision and adds that he remains close friends with the Clintons.

Obama Rocks Video

Tim Russert Video - Obama the Nominee

Obama Raleigh Times Raleigh Drudge Report

This is a picture of Obama in my city in front of one of our favorite bars. The pic is atop Drudge Report at the late hours. More HERE.

Clinton to Drop Out? Obama the Nominee?

Ben Smith at Politico is reporting that Clinton has canceled her morning show appearances.

Drudge states that Hillary will meet with Superdelegates tomorrow to see if she can go forward!!!!!

Considering Indiana may be a shocker, Hillary dropping from the race will not be!

Obama North Carolina Video Primary Victory Speech

Barack Obama at Reynolds on NC State campus here in Raleigh, NC.

Obama Wins North Carolina Video

CNN PROJECTS!!! My home state of NC!

Obama Raleigh Times Downtown Raleigh Video

Obama hit up the ole Raleigh Times watering hole in Downtown Raleigh today for a beer and some campaigning. I was called and sent text messages but my future wife and I were at a nice romantic dinner and a broadway show and I left my phone at home, for once. Local popular bartender, Jay Winfrey has the call.

He went inside, ordered a draft and tipped bartender Jay Winfrey $18.

“I think he forgot his change,” Winfrey joked.

Obama hoisted his beer, took a sip and asked again if everyone had voted. “You’ve only got two hours!” he said.



Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Obama Indiana Office Bomb Threat

This is what this election is going to come to isn't it?

bomb threats and vandals, so sad.....

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State Police swept Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama’s Terre Haute campaign headquarters on Wabash Avenue this afternoon following an alleged call to a WTHI Channel 10 reporter claiming to have placed a bomb there and at six other Indiana locations.

Campaign workers were allowed back inside to continue their voter calling once police determined it was safe.

Obama Raleigh Headquarters Photos

More Photos from Raleigh. Inside and Outside the Obama Headquarters.

Hope was very high inside the Obama Headquarters this morning and afternoon. I made phone calls for an hour or so. Ah, lunch break.

HERE for more photos from the Obama Campaign in Raleigh on Election Day.

Obama Election Party in Raleigh, NC

Election Night Party with Barack and Michelle Obama in Raleigh

Join Barack and Michelle Obama at an Election Night Rally in Raleigh on Tuesday, May 6th. Election Night Party with Barack and Michelle Obama in Raleigh

North Carolina State University
Reynolds Coliseum
2411 E. Dunn Ave.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 Doors Open: 8:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required to gain admission to the event. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Unfortunately the tickets are no longer available.

For security reasons, do not bring bags and limit personal items. No signs or banners are permitted. INFO

Public Policy Polls - Obama by 10

Raleigh, N.C. – Barack Obama still leads by ten points in North Carolina, according to Public Policy Polling’s final survey of the state. He has a 53-43 lead, the smallest he has shown in a PPP poll over the last six weeks but also larger than many other opinion polls that have been released in the last seven days



North Carolina Primary Election Map

Obama Raleigh North Carolina Primary Photos

This is what Raleigh, North Carolina looks like today!!! What to look for in NC HERE

Deadheads for Obama

More pop culture Obama references sent to me today. I posted about this show a while ago but always good to reiterate it. Deadheads for Obama

Architects for Obama

My buddy who works in Charlotte for Shook Kelley sent me this pic from his computer today.

North Carolina Pollls are Open


The polls are open and a huge turnout is foreseen. Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m. I voted two weeks ago for the big O.

Election Day is Today

The North Carolina Democratic Primary is Today
Polls open 6:30am
Polls close 7:30pm

Click here to find your polling location

Election Protection problems? Call (919) 821-2777 x217

In North Carolina, unaffiliated voters are permitted to vote in the Democratic primary.

However, if an unaffiliated voter chooses to vote in the Democratic primary, he or she cannot vote in a Republican runoff (or second primary). Similarly, an unaffiliated voter who votes in a Republican primary cannot vote in a Democratic runoff.

For more information, see the North Carolina Board of Elections.

Click here for information about North Carolina Democratic candidates.

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Monday, May 5, 2008

Taz Arnold TI$A Vote Obama Video

Taz Arnold (AKA TI$A), front man to underground hip-hop super group Sa-Ra formerly signed to Grammy award winning artist Kanye West's label Good Music, launches his solo career and dedicates his first single and accompanying celebrity filled music video, "Vote Obama" in support of democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama. Kanye West, Jay Z, Chris Brown, Travis Barker, Shepard Fairey, and Apple of The Black Eyed Peas are among some of the celebrities, artists, and tastemakers that make a cameo.

Edwards Endorsement Watch Ends

Although there are still 13 hours left on the Edwards Endorsement Watch clock, John and Elizabeth Edwards have indeed confirmed that they will not Endorse before tomorrow's Democratic primary election in North Carolina.

From People Magazine Interview Exclusive -

"At that, Mrs. Edwards rolled her eyes and, gripping the arms of her kitchen chair with some exaggeration, seemed about to lunge from her seat. "What about the great symbolic thing about a woman ..."

"It's important. It's important," her husband said. "I know it."

Bottom line: the couple said they will not endorse either remaining candidate, saving their political capital for their own causes – his, fighting poverty; hers, fighting for universal health care."