November 4th, 2008
09:38 PM ET
10 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. jdh

    Let's see how this will play out! Obama's 1st day in office-raise taxes, 2nd day-outlaw all guns, 3rd day-shutdown all nuclear plants and coal-fired plants, 4th day-withdraw all American troops from foreign soil, 5th day-hold a summit meeting with all the heads of Islamic States, 6th day-change the name of the country from the United States of America to the Socialist Republic of America.

    November 4, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  2. Cathi edie

    You people have no idea what you have done. You will get change but not the change you thought the middle east is proud of you

    November 4, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |


    November 4, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Good for us ,we need the change .

    November 4, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  5. Ree

    Minnesota for Obama, or should I say Mr PRESIDENT!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  6. Foreigner

    Remember a story about a race between a tortoise and a hare?

    November 4, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  7. Susan

    Yeah Ohio!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  8. AMTAF!

    Many congratulations from a Brit.

    This is history in the making. I am so proud of every American who voted today, regardless of who they voted for.

    I respect McCain, he is a good man and an excellent politicia, and that is something that won't be changed by this campaign and his mistake of selecting Palin as a running mate.

    Thank you Ohio!

    Congratulations, President-Elect Obama!

    November 4, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    go bama

    November 4, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  10. BC in Seattls

    You all just wait – the PUMA's are still lurking... they're gonna spoil it for Obama... mwuhahahahaha!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. hopeful

    Reading these responses show that hatred and ignorance still lives. We should all take a look at the way the world has changed in the last eight years and judge by that. We have lost thousands of brave soldiers, hard working american citizens both white and black have lost their jobs their homes and their stability. We are in need of a major make over in the united states. Mccain ran a good race but the fact of the matter is all people of all races have lost faith in the government. Facts state that the government has been run by republicans for the past eight years. It is time for the republicans to let the democratics get the job done. Bush messed us all up and all of you who are upset that obama may win need to admit that. Obama can do this he has my support and if in one year the economy is worse I will still stand by and be proud of the vote I cast on nov. 4 2008. God bless america and God bless all the people who have hate in their hearts because you will need it.

    November 4, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  12. Ben in Texas

    I'm glad people didn't listen to all this misinformed rethoric and lies that republicans always spread... I'm happy people are tired of the status quo... Please don't forget to vote every time an election comes around...

    November 4, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  13. Catherine

    Ive been keeping tabs tonight on the candidates and it says that no republican has ever won the election without winning Ohio. 😀


    November 4, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  14. drew

    Think 24...African American president Terrorists attacking the US.culminating in a neuclear detonation.

    November 4, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  15. Johnny Badger

    I just found out I lost my job today. So I apologize if I don't feel like a big celebration tonight. What would make me feel a bit better about things would be if everyone who reads this would send me $20. And if you don't, I think you are just being selfish and unpatriotic.

    November 4, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  16. Canadian

    Look at the states Obama won...the entire northeastern part of the country. Now take a look at the red states, or as I like to call them, the redneck states.

    People wonder why America is divided, and it's because half the people are still living in a world full of religious hate.

    Perform an IQ test on the northeastern states compared to the southern and you'd see what I'm talking about. No offense to the minorities of these figures.

    November 4, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  17. tessaprn

    Alright people. It is all but over and Obama will be the next President. He was not my vote. Bush and the old Republicans in Washington did this to themselves and those who trusted them.

    Let's stop with all the nastiness and come together and get OUR country back on track. Give the man a chance. Hell, Bush has 8 years. Support our President Elect Obama and let him have the opportunity to do that change he ran on.

    If in 4 years it is not any better then we vote him out. That's one of the good thing about the United States of American, we get to vote for our President every 4 years.

    I do wish that Pelosi and Reed would go home!

    November 4, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  18. Pierre Tchoundou

    This is and very proud moment on earth and a milestone history of a century, after fourty year of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, I have a Dream; and after fourty year the Dream had become a reality, the USA had made the whole proud by electing Mr. Barrack Obama the first color President of USA.This is a signification that in USA dream is Possible, and our hope and dream is that Mr; President of USA Barrack Obama, focus and effort on Intl Policy and request change in African Continent, meaning Democraty and Accountability,emphasize the return of human dignity in the African Continent. ( Pierre Tchoundou, from: East – London, South Africa)

    November 4, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  19. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    November 4, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  20. I live in Alaska and am under 14.

    IS what i am hearing true about Barack Obama? Is he really not born in the U.S.? Did he have ties with a professor that was linked to the iraqian terrorist attacks? If you have any answers please leave a comment. ASAP
    Thank You,
    Girl from Alaska!

    November 4, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  21. Foreigner

    Four years for McCain to wreck th economy!
    Four years for OBAMA to wreck the country!
    Which do you prefer???

    November 4, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  22. William Boote

    Congratulations USA from Canada !!!!

    "There is a tide in the affairs of men
    Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
    Omitted, all the voyage of their life
    Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
    On such a full sea are we now afloat,
    And we must take the current when it serves,
    Or lose our ventures".

    William Shakespeare

    November 4, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  23. James

    I can't think of much positive to say about Obama winning other than may be now CNN and most of the black population in this country will stop talking about how racist white America is. There is no way on earth that Obama wins without a lot of white voters. So may be people can stop playing the “race card” every time something doesn’t go their way. In addition, the double standard in this country needs to come to an end. You can’t continue to have these black organization that excluded other races (black colleges, BET, black newspaper & magazines, black radio, etc.) and not consider them racist. This is racism and you need to call it what it is. The racism I see in this country now is much strong from the black community than the white community. However, the media is afraid to address it because of this double standard. Blacks seem to be able to justify their racism. This needs to be address if this country is going to move forward with improving the race relationships and I am all for improving them. However, it can't all be one sided like it has in the past (in the past whites were always pointed at as being the racial issue and the ones that needed to change). White america's get tired of being called racist or listening to some black people or the media turn every little thing into a racial issue. This kind of stuff pushes both sides toward more racism even if they are trying not to be. Obama election has been all about change, it is time we see some positive change in the black community's attitudes about whites. This election was racist. Obama got 95% of the black vote not because of what he stands for but because he was black. That is a fact Jack. I am not talking about all blacks, but many didn’t have any idea about what he stands for nor did they really care. You may want to disagree with these points, but you need to come with some facts and data because I have much to back this up.

    November 4, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  24. roy

    he's done it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  25. Aruni

    Hope for the world!!! Well done USA!!

    November 4, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
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