June 9th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
10 years ago

CNN projects: Who's ahead in the fight for the Electoral College?


CNN will be projecting Electoral College results through Election Day. Battleground states are yellow, safe McCain states are dark red, leaning McCain states are light red, safe Obama states are dark blue, and leaning Obama states are light blue. Photo credit: CNN.

WATCH John King lay out the state of the Electoral College map.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Today, CNN unveils the first of many CNN Electoral Maps of the 2008 general election. It is based on analysis from the CNN Political Unit and takes into account a number of factors, including polling, state voting trends, ad spending, candidate visits, and guidance from the campaigns and political strategists. The list will be updated regularly as the campaign develops over time.


Safe McCain States Total 125
Lean McCain States Total 69
Safe Obama States Total 153
Lean Obama States Total 37
BATTLEGROUND STATES: 154 electoral votes in 12 states
Colorado 9
Florida 27
Iowa 7
Michigan 17
Minnesota 10
Missouri 11
Nevada 5
New Hampshire 4
Ohio 20
Pennsylvania 21
Virginia 13
Wisconsin 10
MCCAIN STATES TOTAL 194 electoral votes in 24 states
Safe McCain states total: 125 electoral votes in 16 states
Alabama 9
Alaska 3
Arizona 10
Idaho 4
Kansas 6
Kentucky 8
Mississippi 6
Nebraska 5
North Dakota 3
Oklahoma 7
South Carolina 8
South Dakota 3
Tennessee 11
Texas 34
Utah 5
Wyoming 3
Lean McCain states total: 69 electoral votes in 8 states
Montana 3
North Carolina 15
Arkansas 6
Georgia 15
Indiana 11
Louisiana 9
New Mexico 5
West Virginia 5
OBAMA STATES TOTAL 190 electoral votes in 15 states
Lean Obama states total: 37 electoral votes in 4 states
Maine 4
New Jersey 15
Oregon 7
Washington 11
Safe Obama states total: 153 electoral votes in 11 states (and D.C.)
California 55
Connecticut 7
D.C. 3
Delaware 3
Hawaii 4
Illinois 21
Maryland 10
Massachusetts 12
New York 31
Rhode Island 4
Vermont 3

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soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. ASW

    A little early for this, don't you all think?

    June 9, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. benis tijan

    I think Barack Obama will landslide John McCain. Because John McCain want to keep the same George Bush failed policy on the economic and foreign policy. But the problem is he says he doesn't know too much about the economy. That's why i think the american people will vote overwelmingly for the democratic party this year.

    June 9, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Anita from Arizona

    I don't understand. Can someone help me and explain it to me. First Time Voter here.

    June 9, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. skylark

    What should be ahead for the antiquated Electoral College is total and permanent abolishment! As a resident of Arizona, I am painfully aware that the Republican majority keep shifting the districts so they are always in the majority. This negates my Democratic vote more times than not. This is an absolute stacking of the political deck!
    While you are at it abolish McCain!
    Go Obama

    June 9, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. Smart from London

    Well, elswhere in the world, the feeling is that Obama is the obvious choice to move America forward.

    June 9, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. Richard from MA

    Tom Dashle, the Obama campaign co-chair said on National TV they do not need HRC supporters to win the general Elections...
    November will tell us the truth.

    June 9, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. Glen Parker, Glendora, CA

    There is some chance that McCain could win all the States that went for Bush in '04 except Nevada, New Mexico and Iowa. If this would happen McCain and Obama would each finish with 269 electoral votes.

    June 9, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. Kate, Atlanta

    Georgia is going BLUE this year!! Yes, thank you Bob Barr!

    June 9, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. Colin L

    This projection seems way out of place. Obama is drawing out minorities in record numbers, he is certain to win North Carolina and most likely Louisiana.

    June 9, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. It Has Begun!

    The slap across the DNC's face has started. NOBAMA! Go McCain!

    June 9, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  11. Montana is Obama Country

    ....This RED STATE is... TURNING ... BLUE... come November...

    Montana is voting Barack Obama into the presidency....

    Counted vote in Montana read like this:

    Barack Obama – 102,000

    Hillary Clinton - 74,000

    John McCain - 72,000

    This red state is turning BLUE in Nov... 2008....

    June 9, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. Jim

    Dem's for McCain, period!

    June 9, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. Montana is Obama Country

    Our democratic Gov who is running as an incumbent got more votes than John McCain..

    Schweitzer got over 100,000 ...

    This RED State is Turning.. BLUE....


    June 9, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  14. Steve from California

    I wouldn't put it past Barack Obama to completely turn this electoral map upside down and inside out. Nobody's stopped him yet. His campaign is a juggernaut..

    June 9, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. Valerie

    give me a break.


    just a month or so with no daily polls and projections.


    give me a break!

    June 9, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. Don in Florida

    The media is sure having a ball with this aren't they? I guess they need to do something until the convention. Come November, wait til they get a load of Obama Nation.

    June 9, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. Democrat against Obama

    GO MCCAIN!!!!!!


    June 9, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. sickend

    I am sickend at the stomach by the racist remarks of McCain voters. He and his supporters disgust me.

    June 9, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  19. M.S. Indiana

    First off, since when did polls really matter ?? wait to election day and see how much people do not want more Republican in office... and how many more are going to loose their seats in the senate and lower parts of the government.
    Like some Republicans says, we are less worth then dog food and should be taken off the shelfs

    Renatti in Ohio, you were never a Democrat... McCain is so not going to win, so deal with it..

    June 9, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. the other jd

    Thomas...please put on your big boy pants.

    June 9, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  21. SPK

    Dems will not win in FL no matter who was running–BUT we don't need it! Do the math with CO, IA, VA, NM, OH and PA on the Dems side, then add in all the Obama safe states–we are there! Nice pick-ups in the west for Obama

    June 9, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  22. AJ

    Mike makes me wanna puke....

    Go Obama

    June 9, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  23. Ilona Proud Canadian


    It has started, Barack now leads McCain48% to 42%! Check Gallup Poll.

    CNN this is NEWS we need to hear about this!

    June 9, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  24. JJ

    Don't be stupid people, McCain 2008

    June 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  25. Jill

    Go Obama! And as for Mr. Mike. . . You make me want to puke!

    June 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
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