November 4th, 2008
10:23 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain aides see 'no path to victory'

(CNN) – Two senior aides to John McCain see "no path to victory," given the night's results so far.

The two advisors, who were crunching numbers for the Republican contender, were responding to a question via e-mail from CNN's Dana Bash, who has been covering the McCain campaign.

The aides asked not to named because the campaign is not commenting on internal discussions.

Three states that went Republican in 2004 have gone for Democrat Barack Obama, according to CNN projections - Iowa, New Mexico and Ohio.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (369 Responses)
  1. Barry Chaison

    As an Obama supporter, I'd like to congratulate Senator McCain for having as solid a showing as I think a Republican could have shown at this time in our history. At times the campaign was messy, but I don't feel McCain personally went over the line. He's been a true American and deserves the respect from all sides tonight.

    As for those who claim all the problems started when the Democrats won Congress... look all the way back to 2003, when we invaded Iraq. Who had the majority in both branches of government? The Economy has been building for a while, especially when we were cutting taxes at an alarming rate at the same time we were spending a record amount per month in Iraq. These problems have been a LONG time brewing, and tonight, we've been able to turn the page on a major problem in our history!!

    November 4, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  2. Doneid A. Voice

    Yay for Socialism and the downfall of Democracy! Who said we wanted to be responsible for our own lives when we could have an elected president who is willing take the fall for everything through his promised change?! Awesome.

    November 4, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  3. Dennis

    I hope you all remember these statements. The people in Russia and China thought the same way about "change" when they brought in Stalin and Mao Tse Tsung. More government is ALWAYS bad.

    November 4, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  4. Shannn brown

    thank you GT for pointing out the democrats faults in this whole dilema of our country. you democrats "drove the car in the ditch"
    because a president is one voice your democratic congress is 50.
    so who has really been driving the car since this whole thing started?

    November 4, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  5. I Disagree

    Sorry pal.

    Tomorrow the race for 2012 begins.

    November 4, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  6. MIMI-LOVER

    Forgive me if I compare Mariah Carey to Barack Obama but today is a historic day. The first "black" (we are all colour blind), again, the first "brown" president of the United States is about to be voted into office in the same year that Mariah Carey has overtaken/ tied with Elvis Presley for the most US Billboard #1s: 18 and counting and she is only 38!! She also is a bi(tri)racial human being with incredible talent. Finally people start to respect her as a legendary singer, songwriter and producer.
    So let us respect Obama for making the unthinkable, the impossible, POSSIBLE! Listen to Mariah Carey's "Hero" or "Make It Happen" or "There's Got To Be A Way" and CELEBRATE!!

    November 4, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  7. dan

    Great comments kids! I am so encouraged by the intelligence of the remarks here and of the patriotism. Is the target of this "news agency" the naïve and immature? If so, they have succeded.

    November 4, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  8. Erica

    "Why yes, Id love to pay for you to live" Way to go america.. you really messed up this time...

    I hope everyone loves taxes on their hard earned income, to go to lazy people on welfare.

    I know i sure do.

    November 4, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  9. Independent

    This is a great Victory for the U.S. It shows that if you have a dream, it can come true...and you don't have to go to Disneyland.

    I am so proud of the U.S. tonight...YES, WE DID IT!

    P.S. I moved to Georgia years ago, and sorry that Georgia did not go Obama, BUT I VOTED FOR HIM...I got my Obama sign in my yard and Obama/Biden bumper stickers on my cars.

    I will be smiling tomnorrow....hahahhahahah

    November 4, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  10. J Schuh

    Ahhh, the Republican hate machine in all its glory. Is there anything Rep's aren't bitter about?

    November 4, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  11. The Rest of the World

    The world is proud of America today! Way to go guys! You showed great insight and understanding not to look at hate politics which seek to divide, lies and backbitting...but to vote for the person who qualifies.
    Enjoy yourselves and be proud.

    November 4, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  12. Awesome

    McCain conservative republican. Obama liberal democrat. Both conventional candidates. Funny that McCain has defended Obama about not being a terrorist, socialist, "arab" which in the context was whether he was muslim. There really is no reason to fear the other side. I just think Obama offers better solutions for America's economy and our shrinking GDP. 3 percent drop last quarter and it will be worse this quarter. I guess America agrees with me. I didn't think he was actually going to win though. GObama! Woot Woot, Colorado is ours and so is California. It's over. Florida as of right now is also going blue which would also seal the deal. God bless America.

    November 4, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  13. SR, Canada

    I continue to be amazed and awed by the American spirit. Hats off Americans – Obama or not, a lot to feel good about this election. But lets hope for the best when the rubber finally meets the road...

    November 4, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  14. Joe

    I don't care about republicans or democrats. Partisan politics *IS* the problem.

    November 4, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  15. The Fat Lady hasn't sung!

    I agree withthe comment made by "Still hope for McCain", there is still a chance for John, Sarah, Karl and the Republican Trick Machine to steal this election. It ain't over till it's over. Thats why its very importatnt that all True Americans not the alleged "Real Americans" get out and see this thing through. Change is a bitter pill to swallow sometimes but its for the best the Republicans have proven in the last 12 year (4yrs as house and senate majority under Clinton) that they aren't in touch with the needs of the American people. This new change won't be easy and sometimes hard decisions will need to be made but if we are to emerge as the superior nation we were meant to be then we need to do it, no complaints.

    God Bless America!

    November 4, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  16. Chloe

    REPLY MCCAIN/PALIN........MCCAIN MIGHT HAVE HAD A SLIGHT CHANCE TO WIN, IF HE HAD NOT OF SIT ON HIS HANDS AND WAITED FOR OBAMA TO "NOT" CHOOSE A WOMAN AS A RUNNING MATE........THINKING THAT HE WOULD GIVE HIM THE HILLARY VOTES. SORRY MCCAIN......WE ARE NOT THAT DUMB.

    November 4, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  17. A Democrat in Texas - Imagine that.

    Sally – the women in this country want more than just someone from the same sex on the ticket. They want the right woman. Sarah Palin was a poor, poor choice on McCain's part. She's barely educated, a complete imbecile (as proven by her responses on numerous interviews) and creates more hatred and division in this country than good.

    By describing Palin as qualified in your comment, you just discredited yourself on this blog.

    November 4, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  18. Carolyn

    baxter928..talk to the hand ... or the sore losers out there. We've been called names for months and now we're celebrating. Sorry your candidate didn't win but he shouldn't have call Obama a terrorist, a muslin, unamerican, etc, etc. Pay back is painful, right?

    November 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Now Sarah Palin can get back to her day job... watching Russia. Keep an eye on it Sarah, we don't want Putin rearing his head.

    November 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  20. steve tilford, Oahu

    Next time, we should demand that any VP candidate have an IQ over 60!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  21. Still Catious

    Let's hope Bush Don't do something Really Stupid while on his last leg with the new "G10 SUMMIT MEETINGS", that Obama won't be able to fix.

    November 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  22. gwywf

    Glad to see that stacking the polls, being in congress for a whopping 2 years (and only voting on topics once or twice), using "trendy lingo", downright lying, and getting Mtv to support him (via trendy lingo and downright lying) has blinded America...

    I used to think we were an intelligent people, but it seems as if our critical thinking skills are on the decline. I was skeptical at first, but I am convinced that television, bad music, and MTV can stupify an entire nation.

    Well, at least you got your "change" that you were wishing for...However, no one ever said it was going to be for the better.

    I didn't really like either of the two, in fact, I support Ron Paul. However, if you would actually watch the debates and follow the coverage (instead of just believing what your friends/family/co workers told you), it would have been clear that Obama is NOT the man for the job.

    To those of you that actually stayed current with the candidacy and didn't get it, well...You should be glad that the survival of the fitest is no longer an issue.

    November 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  23. John

    It is interesting to note that what the world thinks about the election is really been about Europe and the Middle East. Your neighbours to the north(Canada) are probably going to face a Protectionist President who will reopen the Nafta agreement and want to use our countrys natuural rescources. Our currency is worth less than yours but for some reason alot of our jobs have gone south . Hopefully that will not be the case but I am doubtful. I think it will be a bad thing for Canada.

    November 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    It wasnt about color or race, although is a very very important of american history now, it was about change and it still is!. Congrats President Obama and family!

    November 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  25. tim n north carolina

    this whole election was a joke , neither party had anyone worth voting for. no matter who wins tonite, it will not get any better, all they do is see who can tell the biggest lie!

    November 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
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