John Kerry just landed in Milwaukee for a lunchtime rally downtown. Gore won Wisconsin in 2000, but Kerry is struggling to hold on to it now. Although most polls aren't nearly as worrying, a Gallup poll out Sunday night had Bush up by eight here. Kerry is lavishing attention on the Badger state. He has been here several times this week, and he'll return once again around 3 am so that he can be in LaCrosse for a final get-out-the-vote event Tuesday morning. But Bush isn't letting Kerry have the state to himself in these final hours. As Kerry's motorcade pulled out of the Milwaukee airport just now, it crossed paths with the Bush-Cheney '04 press buses as they rolled in.
On the flight up from Orlando, reporters on Kerry's press plane began a half-serious pool on the Electoral College results. Some used the LA Times' web-based tool. Others used the paper map and red and blue stickers that came in this morning's USAToday. A reporter from one of the nation's largest newspapers shouted out, "Where are the Nader stickers?"
Only a few reporters have finished their maps -- it turns out there are a lot of states out there that aren't called Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. But again and again over the last 24 hours, we've heard reporters say exactly the same thing: The race is close and a hundred things could still make the difference, but the state-by-state map suggests that Kerry is going to win.