The combination of Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire should give Barack Obama the presidency. The reason: Pennsylvania and New Hampshire were the only two Kerry ’04 states that John McCain was seriously contesting. He has now lost them both, giving Obama a lock on 252 electoral votes (the number won by Kerry in 2004). Add Ohio’s 20 electoral votes to that total and Obama is over the magic number. The rest of the outstanding battleground states are all red states; wins by McCain would not sink Obama under the 270 mark. The only hope for McCain now, if you can call it that, is a botched call in one of the projected states.
And remember: When he lost the Ohio and Pennsylvania primaries earlier this year, Hillary Clinton and her supporters claimed that Obama wouldn’t be able to carry either in the fall. Today, it looks like those two states are going to hand him the presidency.