(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.
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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.
The Maverick and Mrs Moose are going down!!
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!
I've never been prouder of my state than tonight.
thank you Ohio!!!!!
for the first time in my adult life, i am REALLY REALLY proud of my country
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?
OMgoodness – this is amazing
This is the most exciting news of the night as far as battleground states go! Yes way to go Ohio!
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.
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 and 2012
Its over. McCain and Palin might as well go hunting for wolves. Its done
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.
why are you predicting with only 2% coming in...trying to help obama win by discouraging republicians on the west coast to vote. Low...
It looks like the Civil War is alive and well!
Thank you OH...keep your fingers crossed for NC and FL
We are so screwed with the results of this election.
Jeffreson county has not givin figures yet....
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."
my son is a Buckeye!
My parents (deceased) are Buckeyes!
THANK YOU for voting for this historic
I look forward to the future!
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
Canada loves OBAMA!!!!! Congratulations. Come visit us soon and bring the kids Barack. Go east first!
IT LOOKS LIKE ACORN WIN THE STATE......