The Final Lap - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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CHICAGO — Like a snowball rolling down a hill, Sen. John McCain thinks that in these final days he can gain enough momentum to absorb the most critical swing states to obtain the 270 electoral votes he needs to win the presidency. Pundits and pollsters say a McCain win isn’t impossible, but unlikely. Although Sen. Barack Obama’s lead has shrunk in some toss-up states, including Pennsylvania, several national polls show that Obama has had a consistent lead; ranging from a 2.1 lead reported by Investor’s Business Daily to a 13 point lead, according to the CBS/New York Times poll.

Nevertheless, Obama continues to campaign like this lead doesn’t exist. Although his speeches haven’t changed much over the last week, he continues to hammer the point that a McCain presidency will bring as much change to the country as a third term for President George W. Bush.

“After decades of broken politics in Washington, eight years of failed policies from George Bush, and twenty-one months of a campaign that has taken us from the rocky coast of Maine to the sunshine of California, we are one day away from change in America,” said Obama at a rally in Jacksonville, Florida this morning.

McCain on the other hand is dealing with dissension from within his campaign that he cannot afford. On the CBS Early Show today, Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and top McCain surrogate, said he thinks that having government pay for healthcare is the wrong direction for the country, but he doesn’t think that Obama was a socialist. That sentiment flies in the face of what McCain and vice presidential candidate, Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin have been telling voters over the last week.

A preview of Obama’s interview with Katie Couric also appeared on the Early Show this morning. In excerpts of the interview Couric asks Obama about an aunt of his who is seeking asylum in the U.S., but who might be deported to Kenya because she violated immigration laws. Obama also comments about his anger in regards to how the GOP has treated his wife, Michelle Obama. More of the interview will be broadcast tonight on a special Monday edition of the CBS Evening News.

States of Emergency

The candidates and vice presidential candidates will be in no fewer than 14 states over the next 48 hours, reports MSNBC. Their “get out the vote” efforts are widespread because both candidates are making a play for the states that were won by the opposite party in 2004.

McCain is hanging tough and launching an election-eve sprint across seven states today, which will include several southern states. “America is worth fighting for. Nothing is inevitable. We never give up. We never quit,” said a defiant McCain in Tampa, Florida this morning.

Today, both candidates spent a significant amount of time in Florida, a state that twice ushered President George W. Bush into the White House. Other Southern states are getting a lot of attention

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.