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. WoWanda

    Look at all the hatred of Governor Palin. America, and in particular liberals, have really got to deal with their hatred of women.

    November 4, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  2. Droc from Winnipeg, Canada

    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 should have give up ever since. America knows the time is now and the change is here.
    Obama all the way...Today History is writen again...

    November 4, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  3. Irene Jaramillo

    To all the partys out their.. I'm sorry , but this race was over a long time ago. I think everyone is really ready for a Change and has been for some time now and the polls show that!

    November 4, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  4. Ariana

    I hope the projections are correct. America needs a change and our pockets can't afford any more republican screw ups.

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  5. Liz, FL

    Thank you for all you coverage throughout the election. I am happy to see it almost over. I feel the american people showed that we can use our brains if needed. Sometimes I felt that it was not expected from us. I hope the democracy this country prides itself with prevails from this moment on.

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  6. DP

    Well you got what you wanted.... I truly hope
    America doesn't get what it deserves as a result.

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  7. Nelly

    Goodbye Bush, Hello Obama

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  8. R. Mouver

    Got to love those ungracious in victory facist Dem comments heaping insults upon McCain (an American hero that has served his country in war and peace for decades) and Palin. Ungracious in victory and no doubt would have been even more ungracious if they had lost.

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. ryan

    all of these mccain supports getting on here saying that dems are sore winners, well its just nice to see a election without karl rove and his cheating, dems actually win. i can't believe after 8 years of this, people still hold on to this notion that bush and republicans are going to help.

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  10. Bill

    "There is no political solution
    to our troubled evolution.
    Don't believe in constitution;
    there is no bloody revolution.
    We are spirits in a material world...."
    The Police, Sting

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  11. Viva Viva Viagra

    I bet McCain is going to take the whole bottle of Viagra® and take it out on the wife.

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  12. Charlie

    If you voted for Bush twice you need to do the honorable thing and sit this election out. You've driven the car into a ditch, now hand over the car keys buddy and let someone else drive.

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  13. sick of it

    I am happy that now we can say to all those black americans that want to be the same but different and blame their entire racial problems of fatherless children, unemployment, drug use and crime rates on white america . . .you were wrong . . it is your own cultural fault and you will not admit it . . whites voted in obama . . . so drop the excuses and get to working on your racial community . . .

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  14. Gorgapeach

    Cogratulations to President and Mrs. Barack Obama, Malia and Sasha. The world cried with you yesterday and the world rejoices with you today. We are so proud of you and now children everywhere will say if THAT ONE can do it, the so CAN I.

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  15. baxter928

    To all the people who are a "sore" winner, please stop it. I don't think that ANYONE commenting has the right to put down Senator John McCain. I voted for Mr Obama but I see no sense in being such a sore winner. Isnt this what Mr Obama campaigned against – the divisive tactics that we have seen the last eight years.
    And to those people that are putting down Hillary and smirky comments, once again, Mrs Clinton has done nothing but serve her country for over 20 years in public service. What have you done for your country, except sit online and blog about these people?

    Why dont you really embrace your candidate's ideals and stop the divisive attitude? Probably cannot do it, is my bet!

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  16. Hugh

    I hope Palin does a spread in Playboy!

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  17. Sgt. LaWanda

    Our next president is OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YIPPIE!!!!!!!!! YES WE DID!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  18. Bob

    Now McCain can call Obama something else: PRESIDENT! Yahooooo!

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  19. Becky

    I have supported Barack Obama since the primaries.. I am proud to call him my President !!

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  20. GT

    to Gerri

    WHo are you kidding.
    You need to include Pelosi, Dodd, Frank, they are the ones who ran us all into this big mess!!!! your a moron if you think it is was only republicans who did...... wake up!

    I hate to inform you all, but ever since we voted in a democratic congress all the trouble occured and that is why the approval rating is so low!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but congrats again on making a very BIG mistake!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  21. Jeffrey Hearrell

    Well about 50 percent of America seems to like the smear ads....If Obama kept his word on financing, he wouldn't be here today. LIAR! Oh wait, he's a politician. Fasten your seatbelts.

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  22. anonymous

    Get ready for your taxes to go up, the crime rate to go up, cost of living to go up and your property values to plummet. Be prepared for the worst 4 years in the history of the United States..Oh and when Al Qaida detonates a nuclear weapon in your favorite US city be sure to have Barack Obama's number handy to call and complain since after all he plans on saving the world in one fell swoop....Too bad he's clueless, and a Marxist, and financed by terrorists...I am so sad how ignorant the People of the US are...

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  23. JFK

    do you really think if he goes for his "change" he will be in office for 4 years?

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  24. Steve

    Given that the people who will earn over $200,000 will get the tax increase, and they are voting for Obama by a margin of 55-45 percent, I don't see why anyone else who doesn't earn that kind of money is worrying about tax increases.... you're going to have a tax cut, so relax and enjoy the Obama victory!

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  25. L.J.

    Socialism wins the night.

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
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