Nov. 4, 1908 (Wednesday)
TAFT SWEEPS TO VICTORY; TIMES MAKES AN EARLY CALL: William Howard Taft won yesterday's voting for president handily, and today's New York Times printed the map above that shows how the electoral votes fell. (Note: The slightly darker territories of Arizona and New Mexico have no electoral votes, yet.) It wasn't in the Red-State-Blue-State vein. Rather it was black and white, with the darker colored states belonging to the Republicans. To what extent will it be a mirror opposite of the 2008 electoral voting based on today's historic presidential election?
The Times notes that the Republicans might be losing their grip on some states; once-robust margins are lower in Ohio, Iowa and Indiana, for example.
Not surprisingly, crowds gathered near the Times building to get election results as quickly as possible. The Times had no problem calling the results QUITE EARLY. In fact, as the paragraphs at the right show, the paper sent a "ribbon of silver light" to the north as a signal of Taft's victory. That announcement came at 6:10 P.M., much earlier than anyone would dare to do these days, right?