With only a few days left before America wakes up at 5 a.m., trudges to the polls, waits in the cold, and picks its next President (acknowledging, however, that in some states early voters have already gone through the process), I thought it'd be fun and educational to take a look back at the twists and turns this campaign has taken. It's been 21 months (642 days) (15,408 hours) (55,468,000 seconds) since the race "officially" started, with Senator Hillary Clinton (remember her?) kicking off her election campaign. Pretty much every day since then, it seems, we've been flooded with coverage on TV, radio, the Internet, and newspapers. I, for one, remember saying — more than once — that I was sick of the whole thing and wished they'd just get it over with. At certain points (early this summer, for example) it really seemed like Nov. 4 would never come. But here we are, and looking back on it, those 55 million seconds kinda flew by, huh?
At the moment, most polls give Senator Barack Obama a strong lead over Senator John McCain. The Scholastic News kids' poll — historically, a pretty accurate predictor of who will win the real election — also has Obama pulling off an easy win. We'll see whether or not they're right in a few days!
In the meantime, let's see how this all started…
On February 10, 2007, in Springfield, Illinois, Senator Obama announced that he was running for president:
A few months later, on DATE? Senator McCain declared his candidacy:
On June 7, Senator Clinton dropped out, leaving the race to Senators Obama and McCain:
And a few days ago, McCain and Obama met for their final debate:
After watching the debate, and seeing these two candidates battle for so many months, who are you supporting? Who should win, and who will?
For more background info on the candidates and their campaigns, check out Scholastic News' Election 2008 coverage.
— Jack, STACKS Staffer