November 4th, 2008
09:38 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama wins Ohio, CNN projects

(CNN) – Democrat Barack Obama is on target to win the critical battleground state of Ohio, CNN projects.

The projected victory makes it very difficult for Obama's rival John McCain to win the White House. No Republican has ever become president without winning Ohio.

Watch: Obama wins Ohio

Ohio is the first state that went for President Bush in 2004 but flipped to the Democratic column this year. No states that went Democratic in 2004 have yet gone for McCain.

The state's 20 electoral votes would bring Obama's total to 194, versus 69 for McCain. A candidate needs 270 to win.

CNN projections are based on exit polls and partial results.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (227 Responses)
  1. Dana Knight

    The Maverick and Mrs Moose are going down!!

    November 4, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  2. Tom, KS

    The 2008 Presidential Election
    John McCain is like a gladiator,
    while Barack Obama is a negotiator.
    What's needed in this time of crisis?
    Someone who could lead without bias.

    We need one who's cool under fire,
    and not seen as an impulsive liar.
    Someone who can think on his feet,
    and will never, ever concede defeat.

    Someone who is intelligent and kind,
    and able to get us out of this bind.
    Someone that we can always trust,
    and will do his best–that's a must!

    Someone who'll know just what to do,
    and always strive to follow through.
    If he'll do so we'll all be blessed,
    for he'll have weathered every test!

    November 4, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  3. delta750

    thats it...
    new world...

    November 4, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  4. David from Ohio

    I've never been prouder of my state than tonight.

    November 4, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  5. That One won

    thank you Ohio!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  6. McCain?

    for the first time in my adult life, i am REALLY REALLY proud of my country

    November 4, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  7. M J Christian

    It's quite obvious that God was not on anyone's mind when they voted today. "President Obama...." How much more WRONG can anything sound?

    November 4, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  8. john smith

    Game over

    November 4, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  9. TexasDem

    OMgoodness – this is amazing

    November 4, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  10. Wahoo!

    This is the most exciting news of the night as far as battleground states go! Yes way to go Ohio!

    November 4, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  11. M J Christian

    So when everything stays the same or even gets worse, will ANYONE out there admit they voted for Barack Obama today??? In two years, we can recover by voting in the Republicans back into the Senate and the House.

    November 4, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  12. vic

    The politics of HATE and FEAR and LIES are over!!!!!
    This is going to be one of the greatest days in American history!!!
    Obama-Biden '08!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  13. MB

    Yey!
    Obama/Biden'08 and 2012

    November 4, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  14. roger

    Its over. McCain and Palin might as well go hunting for wolves. Its done

    November 4, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  15. Joe Regis

    At this point, we need to go on with the concession speeches. McCain's fate is quite clear along with the repubs, in the dust and in debts.

    November 4, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  16. a voter

    why are you predicting with only 2% coming in...trying to help obama win by discouraging republicians on the west coast to vote. Low...

    November 4, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  17. Sara

    It looks like the Civil War is alive and well!

    November 4, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  18. Somewhat Happy in Florida

    Thank you OH...keep your fingers crossed for NC and FL

    November 4, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  19. david davis

    We are so screwed with the results of this election.

    November 4, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  20. Ohio for McCain

    Jeffreson county has not givin figures yet....

    November 4, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  21. Billy Atkins

    Congratulations CNN!!
    You've succeeded in helping to elect the most under-examined, inexperienced, pro-abortion, anti-family, anti-free-market President in my lifetime. You guys should get your group of reporters together and have a giant celebration. You did an outstanding job of tearing apart one candidate while worshiping the other. A special congrats to David Gergen, Wolf Blitzer, and their teams. I can only say this....I hope when the tax rates hit about 55% you all have to pay your fair share just like the rest of us. You should change the name of your network to "The Obama Channel."

    November 4, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  22. Sarah Smith

    OHIO!

    my son is a Buckeye!

    My parents (deceased) are Buckeyes!

    THANK YOU for voting for this historic

    OBAMA!!

    I look forward to the future!

    November 4, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  23. mj

    Could you explain the basis/method by which CNN "calls" various states – eg. WI with 0% reporting is called for Obama (my candidate), OH with 15% called for Obama, but FL not yet called even with 50% (I think) reporting

    November 4, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  24. Barbara

    Canada loves OBAMA!!!!! Congratulations. Come visit us soon and bring the kids Barack. Go east first!

    November 4, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  25. GOOD-BYE TO AMERICA

    IT LOOKS LIKE ACORN WIN THE STATE......

    November 4, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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