US election: A date with history?

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 3 November 2008, 07:43

Welcome to my US08 blog. Over the next 72 hours I’ll be reporting on the US Presidential elections but it will be a blog with a twist. I’ll be joined by some of my friends from the US who will break away from the last hours of the campaign to add their thoughts. There will be the musings of my colleagues who travelled to the States with me recently and there will also be news from my kitchen as I prepare for my US election night party.

The Live blog will really kick off at 8pm on Tuesday evening. Between now and then I’ll try to add a bit of background to the elections, the voting system and the enormity of what might actually happen.

The United States was a country built upon racial prejudice and slavery. In some states non-whites only got the vote in the mid-1960s …and yet, just 40 years later, the country could be electing its first African-American President.

However, that is still a few hours away and until then I’m going to be on the edge of my seat fearing the worst. Join me tomorrow night and let’s hopefully share a piece of history together.

 Posted: 3 Nov 2008 | There are 1 comments


Comment 1 | From: Jason Hunter | Date: 3 November 2008, 11:14

Like Nick, I won't be counting any chickens before the result is in. But, having just been to the States with Nick, I can say if Obama doesn't win it wont be for lack of effort. He truly has run an inspirational campaign both in terms of the substance of his politics, but also in the way that tens of thousands of activists have been drawn in to help knock on doors, make calls or talk to friends. As a trade unionist I am particularly impressed by the way in which unions are mobilising for a guy of whom it was said is the first leader to say he is not frightened to say in the corridors of power he is for workers.

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