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Last week, Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau penned several strips for this week showing Barack Obama winning the presidential election. For the liberal cartoonist, predicting an Obama victory gave him no pause.

"I never considered NOT writing about the election, but to avoid lameness, I had to predicate it on an outcome," Trudeau said in an e-mail sent to the St. Petersburg Times.

"The way I look at it is this: If Obama wins, I'm in the flow and commenting on a genuine phenomenon," he added. "If I'm wrong, there'll be such a global uproar that a goofy call in a comic strip isn't going to be much noticed."

While a few newspapers chose to publish a Doonesbury re-run strip today, The Gazette decided to publish the cartoon and let the cartoonist draw his way out of an errant prediction, should John McCain win.

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