But things have changed . . .
In July, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch poll, McCain trailed Barack Obama in Missouri 48% to 43%. Since then, McCain has climbed 6 points and taken the lead over Obama, 49% to 45%.
Palin is now drawing Obama-esque crowds, 60, 000 people turned out to see her in Florida today.
And, though it is almost certainly too good to be true, the San Francisco Chronicle hints that California might be back in play since Palin's nomination with a headline stating that her effect on the race "sparks fear among Dems." (Wow, wouldn't those 55 electoral votes change things?)
The upcoming debates will, I think, be the deciding factor in what seems to be shaping itself into another close election race. And, for the first time in many years, the debate between the Vice Presidential candidates (October 2, 2008, at Washington University in our town) is likely to matter as much or more than any of the three Presidential debates.