Methodology All of the polls included in the averages had all of their interviews conducted in the final eight days of the campaign (October 27th forward). Campaign-funded and non-random Internet polls are not included. Every pollster only has one poll per average, and all polls are weighted equally. In the event two polls were not taken in the final seven days of the campaign, the two most recent polls were used instead. No polls conducted before October 13th are ever used, no matter what. The states listed were either swing states in 2004, or are swing states now. My rationale for this methodology is based on research I conducted back in June, which you can read here.
Analysis These are pretty much the final averages, and I am now using the date range that I promised for the final forecast back in June. These are my final projections for every state, with the exception of Missouri, North Carolina, and North Dakota, where incoming polls might still change my projection. Obama is at 338 and McCain 171. Only 29 electoral votes are still too close to call.
The number of hours remaining refers to the time when California polls close. That is the moment when no work is left to be done, and when I except all major news outlets will project Obama as the next president. I will continue to update the forecast during the day, and make final projections sometime around noon eastern, tomorrow.