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. Mary Albright

    McCain is the best man for the job. Unfortunately, America is swept up with the "Change" crap. The only change we are going to see is this country being run further into the ground.

    November 4, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  2. Just A Guy

    Earlier commenter" No more lies".... man that is rich considering Obama has already lied about campaign financing. We step into the new era of Idiocracy... Get back with me in two years after you've awaken from the visions of sugarplums dancing in your head and you'll understand. You folks are a little slow and easily distracted by glittering objects. .

    November 4, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  3. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    I am so glad that its looking like Palin is done. TY GOD.

    November 4, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  4. GObama supporter

    there are issues more important than just taxes... try health care, education, international relations, job security.........

    November 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  5. OBAMA!!

    no really. i thought mccain was going to win. aw shucks.

    November 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. Ben

    Wow, I have a feeling Obama wono tonight, which of course means our country will have a socialist/communist as a leader. And to think we FOUGHT against the commies all those years ago and now the liberal/leftest/left win/ democrates want to change into that. You know Castro, Mao, Stalin, Lenin, and Marx all used the "change" thing too and look where that got them. This is the stepping stone of our country losing democracy and capitalism. And there is nothing anyone can do about it sadly because the Democrates have the House, Senate, and White House. Our only hope is with the Supreme Court.

    November 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  7. john

    it is not a landslide...for Obama ..... it is no win for America ...we are still 50/50 American/UnAmerican left right middle normal abnormal people

    November 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. JJ

    let's rewrite American history together! Yong black Americans should have a new look to their future, stand up! work hard to get the respect they deserve!

    November 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  9. Toe

    There are RepubliCANTS and ObamaCANS. YES WE CAN!

    November 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  10. DZ

    Obama is so vague in his policies that Americans will regret voting for him. Frankly, Obama is all talk, no action. His calm disguise have overshadow the American citizen, but hopefully Obama can find a clear path to change America under his presidency. Vote McCain!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  11. Droc

    McCain will still be making history anyway losing to a Black man. He will deifinately go down in history with that record and not his heroic act. He shuld hav giv up even since. America know the time is now and the change is here.
    Obama all the way

    November 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  12. scottyb83

    YOU GO BARACK!!!!!! NOW WE HAVE A PURPLE AMERICA!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  13. Chris

    I can only hope that the next 4-8 years are not as rancorous and hateful as the past 8. No matter your party we should all be respectful of our president.

    I'm a conservative but I will give President Obama an opportunity to govern the United States the way he, and now the majority of the electorate, has decided would be best. Be critical. Be skeptical. Encourage healthy debate, but be respectful of our president. Ultimately we should ALL want him (or her) to be successful along with our country.

    November 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  14. Shannn brown

    okay for you who call mccain a liar, look at obamas past as well.
    age shouldn't be a concern considering all of obamas family god rest their souls have died at an early age. as for change....
    we shall see where change will take us probably down a different gutter.
    honestly i dont see how he can run a country that he's never risked his life for.
    also, his friends are convicted terrorists.... did we forget about 9/11 people and what we were told. " we will take you from the inside"
    and now this practicing muslim of 20 years who switched religions because of what was going on and what he wanted to do, who doesnt stand for the national anthem who refused to wear an american pin is going to be our president. congratulations america you never cease to amaze me.

    November 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  15. Nicki

    Maybe Sarah Palin isn't so bad...

    After all, if all republicans could see Russia from their house, they'd know what a REAL commie looks like!

    November 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    He won't concede this early obviously he has to show his supporters that he is standing and that they have contributed to something.

    There is no need to bash him for any reason what so ever, Obama has won the election and it was a fair one, win it with dignity you liberal scumbags.

    November 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  17. Judy

    Regardless of who wins, why are people in this forum so mean to each other? Maybe people should be tested and have a certain IQ level before they can vote or post in forums?

    November 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  18. Where's mine?

    It's impressive that so many people remembered to do it in the right order. Vote for Obama THEN open your palm and wait for the government handouts.

    November 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  19. shane

    this was a foregone conclusion. The sad reality is that an obama presidency wont change the entrenched partisanship, because it has effectively continued our nation's trend of forcibly shoving us all away from a politically moderate center. The left continues to nominate hardcore liberals, and the right will continue to nominate hardcore conservatives.
    Everybody loses when we let the politicians drag us kicking and screaming away from the political center.

    November 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  20. cosmicponcho

    What a great day for the WORLD !!!!!!!

    God blessed America today !!

    Viva Obama !!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  21. trautfish

    Don't ask for whom the bell tolls.....those are the bells of freedom....let us celebrate a new era in American politics !!!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  22. Richard Scully

    Perhaps now the US will get the rest of the world's respect. Bush and the Republicans really stuffed it up

    November 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  23. TVC

    They should play Beck-"I'm a Loser" when McCain comes out!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  24. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    And 'no path to victory' for America either. We had a choice between a flaming socialist and and flaming warmonger–both disasters for the country.

    I can only conclude that Americans are, on the whole, either idiots or losers or both.

    November 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  25. jdvh

    Anyone who voted for the Democratic Party needs to take a long look at what Obama will take away from you

    November 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
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