From TV Critic Brian Lowry:
Nobody wanted to call the race prematurely, but the language had taken on a decidedly dire turn for McCain close to two hours before the polls closed on the West Coast.
“I can’t figure out a way that John McCain can win now,” said CBS’ Bob Schieffer — a point echoed almost verbatim by George Stephanopoulos on ABC.
“Reality is setting in inside the McCain campaign,” reported CNN’s Dana Bash.
Fox also pointed out that the apparent disparity in the voting would preclude any legal challenges or clouds from hovering over the outcome. By then, analyst Karl Rove — the so-called “architect” of the two Bush victories — was already speculating about how a President Obama would govern.