Republican rival John McCain opened a 19-day sprint to .warned his supporters to guard against overconfidence on Thursday as he and underdog
By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent, Reuters
The two candidates hit the campaign trail — Obama raising money in New York and McCain holding a rally in Pennsylvania — after their third and laston Wednesday, a testy face-off that made an Ohio plumber famous.
So far, all the stars seemed to be lining up in Obama’s favor. He leads inand in many of the where the November 4 race will be won or lost.
Traders betting on future events in the political prediction markets are overwhelmingly predicting an Obama victory, giving the Illinois Democrat a better than 80 percent chance of winning.
But Obama pointed out to deep-pocket contributors at a fund-raising breakfast in Manhattan that he was supposed to win New Hampshire last January in the Democratic primary but lost the state to .
“For those of you who are feeling giddy or cocky or think this is all set, I just have two words for you: New Hampshire,” Obama said.
“I’ve been in these positions before when we were favored and the press starts getting carried away and we end up getting spanked,” he said.
NEW POLITICAL STAR
The new star in U.S. politics — at least for a news cycle or two — is Joe Wurzelbacher, “Joe the plumber,” who told Obama at a campaign stop that he wanted to buy a small plumbing business in Holland, Ohio.