After all the hype, the current total vote nationwide is about 118 million. A couple million more votes will be added to the tally over the course of the week. In the end, then, the vote total in 2008 will actually be lower than the vote tally in 2004, which was 123 million. Once again, the vaunted youth-and-new-voter blather was just that.
The story, therefore, is the colossal shift of the electorate away from the GOP’s candidate. The electorate changed its composition rather radically. Obama, it appears, will get 4 million votes more than John Kerry. McCain, by contrast, will get 7 million fewer votes than Bush did in 2004.