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. Dem Voter

    Just voted for Obama. If you haven't voted yet, please go out and cast your ballot now. Obama can only win if the American people go out and vote for him. Your vote does count.

    November 4, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. Lisa Robinson

    Don't fall for this. I love all you Obama supporters. Hopefully he will win and it will be a beautiful day in the United States of America. I have tears in my eyes just thinking about it. OBAMA/BIDEN 2008. White House... here we come.

    November 4, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. Darrell

    Dont let this tactic stop you from voting !!!! He is probably right but you must still vote or you could end up like Pat with concerns that answer nothing.

    November 4, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. johnrj08

    A Rove trick. Predicting a landslide for Obama, hoping it will cause democratic voters to stay home rather than wait in line in the rain at the polls. Nice try, Karl.

    November 4, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Michael watching from Canada

    Be careful.

    He is trying to make Democrats complacent.

    November 4, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. Aaron

    Voted absentee for Obama weeks ago. Don't take a word Karl Rove says as truth. This guy is the real life version of an evil mastermind. Go out and vote! Its not a sure thing yet!

    November 4, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. Beth

    That isn't a "landslide." 1988 and 1984 were landslides. 1972 was a landslide.

    Of course, coming from CNN, 271 electoral votes for teh Obamessiah would be called a "landslide." LOL.

    November 4, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Melanie

    GOP election fraud?? Talk about he pot calling the kettle black- hmm.. anyone heard of ACORN??? If Obama wins, it will be because this election was bought- not because it was legitimate! God help this country!

    November 4, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Helen

    I HOPE THE NATION WILL NOT REGRET IT

    November 4, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. LB

    No matter what the polls say, I do hope all those wanting change, will go out and exercise their right to vote......Obama needs our votes to effect the changes our country needs.......
    McCain/Palin too weak a ticket......their negative campaign style and knee jerk reactions to the economic crisis said it all........
    The country needs Obama at the helm.......Rove knows it......the GOP scare tactics and untruths won't work this time...........

    November 4, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. JF

    VOTE .... VOTE ..... VOTE .... VOTE ..... !!!

    Regardless of the ramblings of this maniacal, overstuffed, conniving windbag known as ROVE (who should be muttering his propaganda from within the confines of a prison cell), YES !!! On to better days ahead. It's about time this country woke-up to smell the Republican coffee !!

    OBAMA / BIDEN '08 !

    November 4, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. Charles Mann

    Since the early primaries, I have felt the Repubs will throw the election. Though Barack is a great candiate and will BE A GREAT POTUS the Repubs knew the were going to be against 8 years of Bush and all that brings. They (leadership behind the scenes) KNOW that one term cannot fix the multiple issues they have screwed up. So, while this is a GREAT DAY in this country's history, the real story will be in four years when they will attempt to blame the Dems on not restoring the USA to prominence. Hopefully the Dems get the same chance that Bush had (Majority in both House and Senate) and correct the FAILED POLICIES that Bush ran with.

    November 4, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. pam Eugene OR

    Obama will win because of Rove tactics used by McCain.
    Thanks Karl!

    November 4, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. Chuck in GA

    What time will McCain concede?

    November 4, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. KJL

    It didn't play a part in the candidate I voted for, but I'd hate to have to spend the next four years listening to Cindy McCain whining about how everyone is picking on her poor old husband.

    November 4, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Rob canuck

    As a very interested Canadian I think we are witnessing one of the most positive events in recent memory. Barack Obama will win and he will renew the USA position as a world leading power through leadership rather than blind arrogant aggression.

    November 4, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. Carlo

    Get out and vote y'all!!!

    Anyway, I wonder if Rove is willing yet to admit that he and President Bush destroyed the republican party. All their plans backfired in the worst imaginable way. Lesson learned, retorhic should never be implemented as policy, it doesn't work and will cause a backlash.

    November 4, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  18. Obama/Biden '08

    If you're still undecided, just remember this:

    1. The Keating Five
    2. Cindy McCain

    THEN GO DO THE RIGHT THING....

    OBAMA/BIDEN – For positive change that this country needs!!!

    Yes WE Can and We Will !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  19. Angel

    Aint over into it's over
    So nobody get's there hope up

    November 4, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. The Media is the Enemy

    This is true, but coming from Mr Rove it scares the heck out of me!

    November 4, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. iowa expat

    This is what Dr. King saw from the mountaintop.

    November 4, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. Maggie from Virginia

    Those darn Community Organizers. You Betcha!

    November 4, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. Mitch - San Diego

    Avoid DISTRACTIONS get out and VOTE!

    November 4, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. JF

    Hey BIFF, before you test that water .....I'd check for pirana ! Remember who you are dealing with .... 😦

    November 4, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  25. Braham Singh

    Rove's being tongue-in-cheek here. He knows Missouri's not been wrong in what 100 years ? So if he is giving Missouri to McCain, he is saying something other than what he's saying.

    November 4, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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