Addressing attendees Sunday at EBN's 21st annual Benefits Forum & Expo, keynote speaker Morton Kondracke handicapped the 2008 presidential election.

Acknowledging that his "crystal ball has cataracts," Kondracke said that "if you put a gun to my head," Sen. Barack Obama will be victorious in November, based largely on a public appetite for new leadership.

However, Kondracke also said that the Democratic nominee still "needs to make the final sale" to the American people, and that even if he does successfully close the deal with the majority of the electorate, "there are still some voters who will not vote for a black man."

Further, he said, it remains to be seen if young, female and African American voters will truly turn out to the polls to put the Illinois senator over the top.

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