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

Rove suggests landscape favors Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Andrew in MT

    In politics every statement and word uttered is carefully weighed and adjusted to have some sort of effect on the electorate. One can only wonder what Rove's motivations are by saying this. Given his past history if should be obvious. Get out and vote so that we do not have another Florida style debacle that gives the courts authority to determine this election.

    November 4, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Tauceti9

    Don't be silly people . This is just Rove palying his little games right to the bitter end . Don't be comfortable , get out and vote . He knows he only needs to sway a couple percent of lazy voters to stay home to make a difference. Nothing is guaranteed yet , get out and vote !

    November 4, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Jamil Chatila

    we will not listen to anyone, right now we need to vote, and make a point by voting and not reading, Obama is waiting folks, we have to show our gratitude and VOTE VOTE VOTE.

    November 4, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. ez

    Go vote for change.

    Registered Republican "voted" Obama/Biden 08

    November 4, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Alex

    I voted today first time in my life... for Obama...

    November 4, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Chut Pata

    Karl Rove knows better. He has no love for Obama but has a history with McCain that he can not get over with. He always wished for a landslide defeat for McCain so he may bring in Jeb Bush for 2012.

    Next, Karl Rove needs to get rid of Sarah Palin, and that would be easy, so he may prepare another Bush for 2012 or 2016

    November 4, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. dan

    Wow you people are amazing. Karl Rove is predicting a landslide win for your candidate, not the one he favors and your hatred for him has you questioning his motives and worried about some nefarious plot. You people are ridiculous. You call the Republicans the party of hate yet when a Republican looks at the data and sees the election going your way all you can do his run him down and bad mouth him. Good thing the Democrats are the party of acceptance and unity. LOL

    November 4, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. joremero

    what's wrong with you texasgirl?
    Are you one of those yelling at the early voters saying that Obama is a terrorist?

    November 4, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. AA

    I predict that Rove will be brought up on charges and in a landslide decision be put in jail. What a scumbag, Fox should be ashamed of themselves.

    BTW... why are you reading this?



    November 4, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. republican voting for obama

    its game over mcbush.
    your biggest mistake was palin around with sarah.

    what a total joke your campaign has become.

    barak is president.

    November 4, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. IndependentFreddy

    With the ignorance displayed in many of the previous posts, it should probably be pointed out that both the House and Senate are democratically controlled... How about another trillion dollars for bank executives? It's coming, no joke.

    Your government at work...

    ...for themselves....

    November 4, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Noah

    There are so many uninformed voters casting their uninformed ballots for Obama. An Obama supporter on YOUTUBE stated that Obama will pay for her gas and that she will not have to pay her mortgage if Obama gets elected. These are the base of the Democrat party: lazy individuals with their hands in someone else's pocket. This country is going to be so damaged by 4 years of an Obama presidency.

    November 4, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    Karl Rove got this one right...but was wrong about the GOP winning the cultural wars and achieving a long lasting GOP majority. Eight years of failed Bush and neo-conservative GOP policies put an end to that dream.

    November 4, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |

    That's interesting and he may be correct ... but there's only one opinion that counts .... and that's the tally after the polls close. Negative ratings and polls of polls mean nothing ... if each American doesn't go out and actually cast his or her vote.

    GET OUT AND VOTE .... preferably just once.

    November 4, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Sounds like a Rove trick to me - NOTHING would surprise me! If you haven't voted yet - don't listen to this! Get out there and vote, make certain there are enough votes for Obama that no GOP shenanigans can change the outcome.


    Celebrate later!

    November 4, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. dave g, minneapolis

    also, wait to see how many vote for Bob Barr. Given that a vote for McCain now is probably a truly wasted vote, a vote for Barr will show whichever party that wins that we Americans are disgusted with the bailouts.

    I'd like to see CNN have to scramble to fix their website to show more than just the two Bailout Support Candidates.

    November 4, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. Kyle

    Well, who are the first ones off the sinking ship?

    November 4, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Papitch

    May God bless america

    November 4, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Christine CT

    Although it's nice to hear, one can't help to wonder, what's in it for Rove? I have a hard time believing anyone that partisan can be objective for the other side without some sort of political gain.
    Don't be complacent- get out and vote!

    November 4, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. roy -IL

    If you're still undecided, just remember this:

    1. Taxing your employer health care benefits
    2. 10 billion a month to an endless war...
    3. 90% voting along with Bush for 8 years
    4. Sarah Palin a heartbeat from the presidency


    Obama/Biden — REALLY for country, personal liberty, propserity . ..and hey, FOR ALL!!

    YES WE CAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. sick of independent but leaning

    Kevin & Pat:

    Why don't you guys just go ahead and vote for Obama so when you grow up you can tell your children(heaven forbid that you reproduce) that you voted for a winner.....

    Obama/Biden 08

    November 4, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. JB

    Please don't take Rove's comments seriously. This is nothing more than a ploy to convince voters that the election is in the bag, so they won't feel obligated to vote.

    You need to vote. Your vote is critical. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

    November 4, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. Jo-Ann..New York




    November 4, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  24. LyonsPhilly

    I had a great hour in line......This is truly one of the best days of my life.

    November 4, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  25. Sam from Ohio

    Let's face it, Rove can't put Lipstick on this one. As long as we go out and vote, Rove will be right and we will soon be referring to Barack as "President Obama".

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