McCain’s Clock Runs Out

Be prepared for an early night on Tuesday. In the election’s final days, superstition and nerves begin to take over, but, according to poll guru Nate Silver, the statistical picture is still bleak for John McCain. “McCain’s clock has simply run out,” Silver writes. “While there is arguable evidence of a small tightening, there is no evidence of a dramatic tightening of the sort he would need to make Tuesday night interesting.” Furthermore, undecided voters, which the McCain campaign has counted on as its saving grace, are down to less than 3 percent of the electorate, meaning that even if McCain won 70 percent of them, he’d only gain about a point in the total popular vote.