(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.
Obama should have had his supporter Muhammad, Kim, Fidel, and Hugo in a commercial with him!!
I guess Joe the Plumber JUST couldn't bring all his plumber friends out to change this vote.
the change we need is approaching! that is obama!
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!
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!
We all have waited for this moment! We can get back on track as a leading country.
Ohio thank you!
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.
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)
OMG...McCain just conceded the race...speech coming in 5 minutes!!!!
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!!!!!!
I understand that both China and Russia are now considered capitalist countries in the true definition of the word... enjoy!
You are the man BARACK!!!!
Viva la libertad. Thank you all thanks to the most powerfull country in the world thank you mr president obama
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!
As Jefferson and Adams feared the great experiment in Democracy is over. It was great while it lasted.
You are welcome for us not making the same mistake 3 times in a row.
Congratulations President Barack Obama.
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. ;)
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
Congrat from Canada. Special thanks to rual America for voting with your minds.
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?"
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.
ohio lets rock the vote!!vote for a change OBAMA
Obama there u go!the victory is ur,i believe u can make the world proud!rejoice oh u obama's supporter
Congrats to CNN! for their Victory!!!