Can you feel it?

The Bay Area is humming with pre-election excitement.

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, and San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris rallied the troops for Barack Obama at midday today in the UA Local 38 hall on Market Street in San Francisco, even as hundreds of volunteers packed into the Oakland Marriott for an enormous swing-state phone banking effort which will continue tomorrow.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was in San Jose this morning — joined by former state Controller Steve Westly; Clinton White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta; Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino; San Jose City Councilmember Kansen Chu; AARP California President Jeannine English; League of Women Voters of San Francisco President Karen Clopton — to urge passage of Proposition 11, the legislative redistricting reform measure.

And I hear the early-voting lines at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters office have been looooong…

One more day!

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.