The Note: Ready to Go

My friends, it's time to turn the page. You betcha, literally.

From Wasilla to Wilmington, whether you're a plumber or a superdelegate, a Wright or a Wurzelbacher, a hopemonger or a pitbull or Miss Congeniality, That One or The One or Joe Sixpack, it's all over but the voting now.

That would be 19 hours of voting -- with the first polls having opened at 6 am ET in eastern states (and long lines forming early) and the last polls closing at 1 am ET Wednesday in Alaska. (Alas, no one votes at 3 am.)

Your bitter fundamentals: 35 Senate races, 435 House races, 11 governor's contests, ballot initiatives from a ban on gay marriage in California to a ban on the income tax in Massachusetts -- and a little big thing known as the presidency being decided in 50 states plus the District of Columbia.

This remarkable journey -- the longest and costliest campaign in history, with detours through Rudy and Huck and Romney and Ron Paul '08, and Edwards and Richardson and Mike Gravel and Hillary and Hillary and Hillary -- isn't quite done yet:

John McCain votes in Arizona Tuesday morning and then makes quick trips to Colorado and New Mexico -- trying to hold on in his native Southwest. (No movie on this kind of packed schedule.)

Barack Obama touches down in the Indianapolis area during the day before settling in for the evening in Chicago, with his massive late-night rally set for Grant Park. (And yes, he's building in some time for basketball.)

Joe Biden votes in Wilmington, Del., early Tuesday, then hits Richmond, Va., at 11 am ET before heading to the Hyatt Hotel in Chicago for the long wait.

Sarah Palin is en route to Wasilla, Alaska, to vote Tuesday, then will head back to Arizona to be with McCain at the Biltmore in Phoenix.

As for who gets to celebrate: The final ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll puts it at a nine-point race, 53-44 Obama over McCain. Obama is "strong in the center and even encroaching on some Republican-leaning groups. Obama trails by 7 points among whites, for example -- a group John Kerry lost by 17," per ABC's polling director Gary Langer.

(Who's more nervous Tuesday night -- Obamaland, Team McCain, or polling nation?)

Karl Rove sees an Obama win -- turning Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida blue: "The final Rove & Co. electoral map of the 2008 election cycle points to a 338-200 Barack Obama electoral vote victory over John McCain tomorrow, the largest electoral margin since 1996."

That's the Real Clear Politics tally, too, when battleground states are allocated fully.

Crunching the numbers at, the numbers folks guesstimate Obama 346.5, McCain 191.5.

The early state to watch for Obama: Virginia is for landslide lovers. Give him the Old Dominion (where polls close at 7 pm ET) and try to argue he won't win the presidency.

For McCain: Pennsylvania means pathways. Picking up the Keystone State (8 pm ET poll closing time) gives McCain Electoral College options that can get him to 270, though far from a sure victory.

The Election Day update: "Gusty southerly winds will transport very warm air into the northern Plains, the Upper Midwest, and the Great Lakes. . . . Although the majority of the East will enjoy comfortable and tranquil weather, the Southeast coast can not say the same. A developing coastal storm off the South Carolina coast will provide rain, gray skies, and blustery conditions for parts of South Carolina, eastern North Carolina, and eastern Virginia."

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