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. bill for barack

    told ya so.

    November 4, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  2. former gop

    GOD BLESS AMERICA! TO THE REST OF THE WORLD, WE ARE NOT ALL RACIST, HATE-FILLED MONSTERS LIKE OUR LEADERS OF THE PAST 8 YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  3. anthony ogbuji

    change is needed, change has come, im glad ohio accepted it..change

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

    Will the media ever admit to their support for their candidate?

    November 4, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. BadgerInGA

    Great... 4 years of socialism!! Higher taxes, less personal freedom... awesome!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. Obamaye

    it's in the bag! Landslide baby!

    November 4, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. Gobama

    Caribou Barbie will be back to visit Bridge to Nowhere.

    November 4, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  8. yup

    As Ohio goes....So goes the nation

    November 4, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  9. DOS

    That's crazy... I really thought all those robocalls and hatemongering were going to pay off...

    November 4, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. sarah

    Hero and hottie. Mccain and palin all the way!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. tiffany in ohio

    IT'S ON AN POPPIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. lily

    I will never call Barack Obama President!!! This Election Was rigged from the start!!

    November 4, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  13. Kina, A Veteran in NYC

    i'm in tears already...and i never get emotional...wowww...God Bless the US Armed Forces and the United States of America...

    OBAMA/BIDEN 4EVER...

    Kina.

    November 4, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  14. HouseDiva

    WOW...this is serious.

    November 4, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  15. Andrew

    I am loving every minute of this. I have been listening to these conservatives and their love for Bush for the last 8 years. It is time to heal the wounds this man has caused to this country.

    November 4, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  16. D

    Time of morning......

    November 4, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  17. Matttt

    Yeah ohio.

    November 4, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  18. PaulMoATX

    Game over, and the fake will now fade.

    November 4, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  19. SHELLI1313

    THANK GOD! This is wonderful. I pray that Senator Obama turns at least 7 Red States BLUE!
    I think that this will prove to the RACIST/BIGOTS/SKINHEADS AND PROFILERS ALSO THE MINORITY HATERS THAT GOD DOES NOT LIKE UGLY!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  20. Robert

    We won't know what his real politics are until he has been in office a couple years. He's had an easy time so far with endless promises of "change." We'll see how much change we really get. There certainly will be no excuses given that the Democrats will most likely control the house and senate as well.

    November 4, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  21. james h. spruce

    isn't it wonderful!

    jim

    November 4, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  22. Dem Voter

    Congrats President Obama!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  23. Sara

    Barrack's "contributers" or supporters in other countries are celebrating tonight with guns and plans!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Woot! I overheard a phone conversation and was worried but the guy on the phone must have been Republican. I am not sure Obama will fix everything, George made it a long hard road. After his 8 years in office I hope this nation has changed for the better.

    November 4, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    We are Barack'ing the Vote America! Yes!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
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