November 4th, 2008
09:38 PM ET
6 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. BadgerInGA

    Obama should have had his supporter Muhammad, Kim, Fidel, and Hugo in a commercial with him!!

    November 4, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  2. Lost in Texas

    I guess Joe the Plumber JUST couldn't bring all his plumber friends out to change this vote.

    November 4, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. jennifer

    the change we need is approaching! that is obama!

    November 4, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. Eugenia-San Francisco, Ca

    I thought it was important for my children to be with us when we voted. We pulled into the parking lot with about 20 spaces (half empty). My 8 year old wanted to know where Obama was. I just thought it was the sweetest thing, she actually thought he was going to be there when we voted! Thanks for all the coverage!

    November 4, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. Toya

    Honestly, if you feel the need to support McCain and Palin...please do so under the states he won...on over here on the OBAMA-BIDEN side...thanks!

    November 4, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  6. BIG LAMP

    We all have waited for this moment! We can get back on track as a leading country.

    November 4, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. Obama_voter

    Ohio thank you!

    November 4, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. A in Ohio

    I still think it is too early to say. There have been some minor problems, give it about another hour and a half . It is so close, and alot of the older voters were waiting until today to vote, and many of them had to use a paper ballot.

    November 4, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  9. Ryan

    I can't wait until all these uneducated voters realize who they actually voted for. Obama has no business experience, barely any political experience, and no international experience. But he is going to save this nation. My god we have turned into a bunch of idiots.

    Thanks Ohio. again.

    (In case some of you don't understand the again part. Ohio voted for Bush 4 years ago. You can stop scratching your head now)

    November 4, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  10. Joe

    OMG...McCain just conceded the race...speech coming in 5 minutes!!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  11. Miss Gracie

    Oh, you republicans are just the worst sports in the world. You lose a battle and you immediately cry foul play. There was no foul play here, your team just stunk. Game over baby!!! Go Obama Go!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  12. Rick

    I understand that both China and Russia are now considered capitalist countries in the true definition of the word... enjoy!

    November 4, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    You are the man BARACK!!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  14. Victor

    Viva la libertad. Thank you all thanks to the most powerfull country in the world thank you mr president obama

    November 4, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  15. joyce z

    Just think how Obama will serve as a role model for many Afro-americans.This is like a dream come true!And what a brilliant first lady we will have!

    November 4, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  16. Allen Trickey

    As Jefferson and Adams feared the great experiment in Democracy is over. It was great while it lasted.

    November 4, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  17. Reuben Ahmed

    To USA:

    You are welcome for us not making the same mistake 3 times in a row.

    Congratulations President Barack Obama.

    -An Ohian

    November 4, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. Tony

    Gotta love how the higher turnout of mostly uninformed follow-the-crowd has affected this election. It's scary, actually. Oh well, it's only 4 more years of ineptitude at the worst-case scenario and in the interim we can enjoy bashing Obama like the Democrats mindlessly bashed Bush for the past 8 years. It works both ways folks. ;)

    November 4, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  19. chris

    we are all in this together. let us stop the us vs them and let the light shine. do not fear obama. it is time to move forward. count me in

    November 4, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  20. Jerome

    Congrat from Canada. Special thanks to rual America for voting with your minds.

    November 4, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  21. phil from ohio

    It's a sad day for Cleveland and the rest of the state. As glad as I am to see record turnouts, I'm saddened by the results and what they mean for America. Oh well, does anyone know if taxes qualify as charitable contributions now that Obama is going to "spread the wealth?"

    November 4, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  22. nate

    That's what we needed Ohio and we got it BOO YA let's go Obama you're the man we need in the White House.

    November 4, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  23. ninna from jackson mich

    ohio lets rock the vote!!vote for a change OBAMA

    November 4, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  24. Odii onyedika kelvin

    Obama there u go!the victory is ur,i believe u can make the world proud!rejoice oh u obama's supporter

    November 4, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  25. Sara

    Congrats to CNN! for their Victory!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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