Evening News Roundup

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Networks offered expanded, hour-long broadcasts focused almost entirely on Election Day. Recapped the candidates’ last-minute sprints around the country and Obama’s loss of his grandmother.

Reports began wrapping up the entire campaign, noting the importance of President Bush and the lasting impact of McCain’s comment about “the fundamentals of the economy.”

Analysts painted a mostly bleak picture of McCain’s possible paths to victory, with NBC making a projection of 286 electoral votes for Obama, vs. 157 for McCain. Painted similarly grim picture of the GOP’s congressional odds, pointing in particular to competitive Senate races in North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia and Kentucky.

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