November 4th, 2008
11:36 AM ET
11 years ago

Rove suggests landscape favors Obama

Karl Rove's Electoral prediction

Karl Rove's Electoral prediction

(CNN) - John McCain and his aides are still banking on a come-from-behind victory Tuesday, but the GOP's most famous political strategist is forecasting Obama is well positioned to win.

Karl Rove, the man widely credited with engineering President Bush's two successful White House bids, is out with a new map showing the Illinois senator will take the White House in an Electoral College landslide, winning 338 votes to John McCain's 200. That would be the largest Electoral College victory since 1996, when Bill Clinton defeated Bob Dole in a 379-159 rout.

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In an Electoral Map posted on Rove's Web site, the Republican mastermind shows Obama victories in several key battlegrounds, including virtually all of the states where polls suggest he currently enjoys a slim advantage. In fact, Rove believes Missouri is the only crucial battleground state McCain will carry, while Obama scores victories in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, New Mexico, Minnesota, and Iowa. Rove also thinks Obama will win traditionally-Republican Virginia.

UPDATE: Rove has not made any definitive declarations, and writes some tight states - including Florida - could flip given some polling suggests movement in McCain's direction.

soundoff (220 Responses)
  1. JACKED-UP-POLITICS, FLORIDA

    Wow Rove actually has a brain. I wondered who he has voted for???

    November 4, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. indepdentvoter10

    GOP You should have never under estimated the turnout today. You declined to listen your fellow common sense Repubs and you failed (miserably) to unit this country. You discounted the minority & young vote and you laughed with spite. Well, we're just getting started today, so is there anything you want to take back or rebuke today? Any last pleas to the American People. I hope this teaches you that country is first, but there would be NO country without its citizens. Vote for Change 08'

    November 4, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. Jeff

    Can you hear it? The door of opportunity is closing on McCain!

    November 4, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. arc, Lugano CH

    Rove is playing politics...to cover his own behind as GOP election fraud is becoming more and more apparent.

    November 4, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. Hockey Mom for Obama!

    Why is this prediction relevant? What is your facsination with Rove CNN?

    November 4, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. John in Ohio

    I don't know if I should be disgusted or proud that Karl Rove predicts the exact same results that I predict.

    November 4, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Brian the Early Voter!!

    if Rove really did say this and predicts this.. then I can respect more republicans/conservatives now... I might sing kumbaya!!

    November 4, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. Michael

    You know it will be a landslide when Karl Rove says the other party is going to clean house.

    November 4, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. Kevin

    Gee...how about that! A "close-minded" conservative actually calling the race for Obama. I guess we know who the REAL cose-minded and hateful people are.....

    November 4, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. Aaron

    This is a distraction so that Obama voters out west will stay home.

    November 4, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. Pat

    If you're still undecided, just remember this:

    1. Jeremiah Wright
    2. Michelle Obama

    THEN GO DO THE RIGHT THING . . .

    McCain / Palin — for country, personal liberty, properity . .

    YES WE WILL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Greg

    Democrats! Do not heed this man's predictions! He doesn't really feel this way! He is trying to get you to think it is safe to not stand in a line to vote since "it's already in the Bag!!!!" This is the man W called the "Architect" of his election!

    November 4, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Even a stopped clock is right twice a day!

    November 4, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. Gary

    Another republican tactic by the biggest republican crook. He's trying to convince Dems they don't need to vote.
    Get out and vote. This man should be in prison, don't listen to him.
    A leopard doen't change it's spots.

    November 4, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. sabuc for Obama

    Im suspect of Rove's motives.

    November 4, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  16. Kevin

    By the way....long lines in rural conservative Ohio..... thats a pretty good sign!

    November 4, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    What's wrong Rove? Couldn't you "JIMMY" enough machines this time? You and Rush Limbaugh need to be tried for treason against this country,

    Voted early for Obama/Biden

    November 4, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. Sandra

    From Rove's mouth to God's ears

    November 4, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. Vickie

    Propaganda!

    November 4, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. texasgirl

    Rove is right....landslide for Obama. Now he can go back to his cave...and stay there.

    November 4, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Doc

    Yeah i knew he wasn't as silly as he was pretending to be.

    November 4, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. Anonymous

    I wonder if Karl Rove is planning to flee to Argentina to avoid prosecution, along with the rest of the George Bush Junta.

    Bush bought a lot of land down ther a few years back.

    November 4, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. linda from South Dakota

    was there any doubt???obama/biden all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. Granny in FL for Obama

    Who cares what he thinks, CNN? Him and his slash & burn style of politics are stale news. America wants leadership that will unite people and get things done, not the present baffoon fat-cats who lie, steal, talk a big game and then break the law and point fingers when they get caught.

    My sister, myself and my husband all voted for Obama last week. My 2 sons and my daughter are lined up right now to vote for him.

    Call him what you want Mr. Rove, but soon you will be calling Barack Obama Mr. President!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  25. Dan

    When did Rove start taking Human Being lessons?

    November 4, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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