McCain out of Michigan
This is important - much more important than the national polls.
It is not the end for McCain, of course, but Michigan was a real hope at one stage.
The state has long been a Democratic stronghold, but with a different vice-presidential pick (Romney, perhaps, whose Dad was Governor), he could have won it.
Palin may be rallying the base, but those 17 Michigan electoral college votes are votes he does not have. Where does she win them?