POSTED: Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:22pm
Today the candidates have done what they can. It's up to voters to decide who will live in the White House for the next four years, and they are showing up at the polls in big numbers today.
In Chicago this morning Barack Obama made voting a family affair, then anticipated an emotional night ahead as he headed back to Indianapolis. "That's when polls close the journey ends. But voting with my daughters, that was a big deal," said Obama.
John McCain cast his ballot in Phoenix, Sarah Palin in Wasilla, and Joe Biden in Wilmington, joining millions of voters across the country who today are making history.
There is enthusiasm in New York. "To wake up with the excitement with what this means for the world, it's important for me," said one voter. Detroit is seeing massive lines at the polls. In Richmond, 91-year-old Mary Bell, an Obama fan, would not be deterred walking through the rain and with help.
There have been voting glitches: wrong voter lists in Kansas City. One watchdog group says it's gotten thousands of complaints. "Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey problems are so widespread that election officials will have to take action," said Jon Greenbaum of Election Protection.
Will it hold up a final tally? It's too soon to say.
John McCain makes a final appeal today to Colorado and New Mexico. He hit seven states yesterday on his way home to Arizona. "All we've got to do is get out the vote. You can do it, I know you can do it," said McCain.
Palin cheered her exoneration on ethics charges as governor. She joins McCain in Phoenix tonight.
But it will take upsets to stop the frontrunner. The Obama campaign is planning a party tonight in Chicago's Grant Park.
McCain even acknowledged today that he's the underdog.
The first polls to close tonight are Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Virginia. If Virginia is called early for Obama, expect a big night for the Democrats.