Relax, it’s almost over

Here’s an election round-up for you:

horseracelarge1.gif* The Pew Research Center says that support for Obama is rising fast among white (non-Hispanic) Catholics — “taking him from a 13-percentage-point deficit in late September to an 8-point lead in late October. ”

* The Pew folks also say that McCain continues to be far ahead with white evangelicals, Obama is soaring with black Protestants and doing well with the religiously unaffiliated, and that white mainline Protestants are just about split.

* The Pew Forum’s John Green, the man on religion and politics, will hold a conference call with reporters to analyze the election at MIDNIGHT on Tuesday (you know, 12 a.m. on Wednesday). That’s dedication.

* Warren Cole Smith, editor and publisher of Evangelical Press News Service, writes that he got an email from Mike Huckabee that asks for $10 for Huck’s PAC in exchange for a “HUCK” bumper sticker. Has ‘ol Huck started his campaign for 2012 because he believes McCain has lost, Smith wonders (Smith thinks that Huckabee has gotten ahead of himself, as McCain lives).

* Beliefnet’s Steven Waldman offers his “Ten Faith Factors for Election Night,” which I’ll list here (for his full analysis, go there):

How Many Obamagelicals Are There?

Will Palin Turn Out the “Religious Right”?

Do Midwestern Evangelicals Split With Their Brethren?

Will Catholics Ignore Their Bishops?

Can Obama Finally Bowl a Strike With Skeptical White Catholics?

Will Whitebread Protestants Back the Black Guy?

Will Latino Protestants Vote Their Values or the Pocketbook?

How Will the Kinda-Sorta Religious Vote?

Will Jews Schlep to Republican Side?

Will the GOP Become the ROP?

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.