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Todd Dills

Eastbound and down

| November 03, 2008

Either Illinois Senator Barack Obama or Arizona Senator John McCain is on his way to the White House, folks, it’s sure. If truckers had their choice, they’d send McCain, according to a poll of readers, more than 60 percent of whom said in recent weeks that they’d likely vote for the Republican. Tracking the movement of trucking opinion since our last poll, taken in July, we see likely votes headed toward McCain among truck drivers, with Obama’s numbers remaining virtually unchanged; that movement suggests a coterie of drivers out there finally settling on their choice of McCain. Here’s a snapshot:

John McCain — 62%
Barack Obama — 23%
Bob Barr — 3%
Another Candidate — 2%
Undecided — 5%
Nobody — 4%

John McCain — 53%
Barack Obama — 25%
Other — 22%

With the election looming tomorrow, it’s likely many owner-operators have already voted absentee. If you’ve scheduled home time around the election for the express pupose of getting to the polls, though, there’s a round-up of election issues for drivers here and in Overdrive’s September issue via this page. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.


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