Check out the latest CNN electoral map estimate.
(CNN) – For the first time in the election cycle, CNN’s Electoral Map estimates that Democrat Barack Obama has moved over the 270 electoral vote threshold needed to win the White House. The hotly contested state of Virginia moves from “tossup” to “lean Obama.” North Dakota moves from “safe McCain” to “lean McCain,” and New Jersey moves from “lean Obama” to “safe Obama.”
As a result, 13 electoral votes swing from the tossup column to the Obama column. Obama now leads McCain by 103 electoral votes, up from 90 when the CNN Electoral Map was last updated on October 7. CNN now estimates that if the presidential election were held today, Obama would win 277 electoral votes and John McCain 174. There are 87 electoral votes up for grabs. Again, 270 electoral votes are needed to win the White House.
Obama continues to make gains on the Electoral Map - and chip away at McCain's territory - thanks to results from states that typically support Republican presidential candidates.
Election Center: Check out CNN's latest electoral map
"Virginia hasn't gone Democratic in 44 years," noted CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. "But a number of polls - including our own - now show Obama up double digits there. And, as the map shows, if Obama holds that lead, it may be enough to put him into the White House. Conversely, McCain really can't afford to lose Virginia's 13 electoral votes. That state is a key part of the Republican electoral coalition."
The GOP ticket has spent much of the week stumping in traditionally red states where Obama seems poised for an unexpectedly strong showing, including Virginia and North Carolina. A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released earlier Wednesday showed Obama with a 10 point lead In Virginia.
Election Center: View the latest state polls
"Of course, it's important to remember that the CNN Electoral Map is a snapshot in time," said Silverleib. "We are not predicting an Obama win on Election Day. We still have twenty days to go, and that's an eternity in politics."
The CNN Electoral Map is based on analysis from the CNN Political Unit and takes into account a number of factors, including polling, state voting trends, ad spending patterns, candidate visits, and guidance from the campaigns, parties, and political strategists. The list will be updated regularly as the campaign develops over time.
Obama Obama Obama!!!!!!!!!!
Can Obama run this country right into the ground?
YES HE CAN!!!!!
MY FRIEND VOTED FOR THE FIRST TIME , THIS IS HISTORY...
I plan to party if Obama wins- We need change in this country, not slander or anger!
virginia in virginia, hate to tell you hun, well actually I am GLAD to tell you, Obama is going to be the president, and there is nothing you or any other redneck can do about it, its OVER!
I AM GOING TO VOTE FOR THAT ONE
GO O AND JOE
ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITEHOUSE
If you are not in A then you are in A compliment.
No, Obama is not a muslim, he is a decent family man. Now, put the compliment on that!!
Let's hope Ohio is next!
Anyone with common sense and a sense of pride in the capabilities and promise of this country has no other choice.... Barak Obama and Joe Biden will work wonders for a positive perception of and direction for America. McCain/Palin would be like stepping back into the dark ages...
This all looks good, but make sure you go vote! Take nothing for granted! I will never forget the sick feeling I had in 2004. I left my permanently Red State of Alabama to go get out the vote in Florida and drive people to the polls. We thought we were going to win. We had calls from Kerry HQ that Ohio was in the bag. Then the stories of long lines in Ohio and people leaving the polling stations started coming in and then the numbers started coming in and we lost.
November 4 will be the most important vote you ever make. Don't forget to vote! Stand in line as long as you have to in order to cast your vote! The next 4 years of this Country depends upon it. We will either have a new direction or 4 more years of Republican ruled misery.
to fleas. you are hateful and rude. not to mention an airhead.
Bush/McCain – More of the same
This Georgians working to help this state sing the "BLUES" – Obama '08!
I was downtown springfield, mo. not a single McCain sign.
It appears Valerie needs to get herself a clue!!! Seriously!
Georgia will be an upset! The hue is turning blue.
North Carolina is up next, early voting starts tomorrow. Let's turn North Carolina another blue besides Carolina"tarheel" blue, let's turn it Obama blue.
That's what I'm talking about!
Welcome to the civilized world, Virginia!
GREAT NEWS Virginia.... I have 6 people in my family voting for Obama in Virginia..... I have ALREADY voted for Obama in Florida.
Obama is going to lose.
Hey Everyone! Take a look at Arizona. John McCain is only winning by 7 percentage points, and with 13 unsure Barack might even take Arizona from McLame!
I am so happy because I am a moron.
RON PAUL '08......oh crap, nm.
Democrats, listen up! The more desperate the Republicans get, the more likely they are to pull some dirty tricks, fraudulent voting practices, and anything they can to steal the election. Now is the time to be vigilent. Vote on election day.