November 19th, 2008
03:53 PM ET
3 years ago

McCain wins Missouri; State's streak over!

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Sen. John McCain has won the state of Missouri.
Sen. John McCain has won the state of Missouri.

(CNN) – It's taken more than two weeks, but we finally have a winner in Missouri.

Fifteen days after Election Day, Republican Sen. John McCain has narrowly edged out President-elect Barack Obama in the state, according to CNN's review of the latest unofficial vote totals from the Missouri Secretary of State. This resolves the final outstanding contest of the 2008 presidential race.

According to the unofficial results, McCain won the state by 3,632 votes . The unofficial count shows McCain with 1,445,812 votes, or 49.4 percent, and Obama with 1,442,180 votes, or 49.3 percent.

With Missouri's 11 electoral votes in Senator McCain's column, the final count is 365 for Obama and 173 for McCain.

McCain's edging out of Obama in Missouri breaks the state's bellwether streak in which Missourians correctly picked the presidential candiate in every election dating back to the 1960 contest. Missouri got it wrong in 1956, voting for the Democratic challenger Adlai Stevenson, who lost the election to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Before that election, Missouri correctly picked the winner in every race for the White House dating back to 1904.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (239 Responses)
  1. Accountant Guy

    Surprise surprise, Missouri got it wrong, they have always been a backwards state.

    November 19, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Independent

    O! I just noticed that there is a 52 yr difference in both times. Hmm well perhaps there IS a pattern that is too complicated for us to see yet. Let wait and see 52 yrs from now.

    November 19, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Accountant Guy

    Does anyone really care about this backwards state, it was still an electoral blood bath!!

    November 19, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Mike

    To my fellow Dems, hey guys i'm sorry we couldn't get Missouri for Obama. He won Kansas City & St.Louis BIG but we still go to many backwoods hayseeds in Harry Truman's Missouri.

    November 19, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. Ken

    Just read some of these comments! Now they are funny - all the little neo-lemmings with their little tails between their legs come running to this one ray of sunshine for McCain to re-live the good old days before Nov. 4, back when they thought their vote and opinion actually meant something. For these little, vaccuous people to write how Obama MIGHT be so bad - after their choice G. Bush actually WAS so horrendously bad - is so pathetic, it is actually humorous. Sort of like watching Beavis and Butthead.

    The level of stupidity in the [R] party is just stunning!

    November 19, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. Scott

    Congrats Johnny! It was only a landslide on the electoral side. If you really examine the election. McCain held is own everywhere except the electoral rich Northeast and West Coast. Obama won NC, Ohio, and Florida by next to nothing. What you have is 58,000,000 registered voters that didn't buy in to the propaganda of Obama. A nation divided? Perhaps.

    November 19, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Larry of Boston November 19th, 2008 4:41 pm ET

    MIssouri got it right – the rest of the states voting for Obama got it wrong. Time will tell if the Missours was correct, but early returns suggest that there is no change coming to Washington with Obama – just tax and spend and more of the same —- I look for the Republicans to regain control of the Senate in the mid term elections and that will effectively end Obama's initiatives cold.
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    Maybe John McCain can be elected President of Missouri!

    November 19, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. striker in Yonkers

    Who cares we already have the president – elect .

    November 19, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. Accountant Guy

    Good, now we don't have to see McBush's face anymore. Take Missouri and go away!!

    November 19, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. John S

    RealityKing November 19th, 2008 4:48 pm ET

    Missouri still picked the winner.., just not the president

    I think you meant,,,Missouri still picked the Losser..just not the president

    November 19, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Marcotico

    "It's official – Missourians with advanced brain cells outnumber those that don't by 3,632." – Brett in NC

    I think you meant to say "those without" not " those that don't".

    ...Kind of contradicting your point.

    November 19, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. carol

    Well, who cares, but I think we should demand a recount!!!!!!

    November 19, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. EJ

    Missouri is a very split state between its metro areas which are heavily Democratic and its rural areas. It was also very close in both the Democratic and Republican primaries this year for the same reason. It did elect a Democratic governor this year. Obama should win it the next time.

    November 19, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Paul, Riverside, CA

    Amazing.

    Every pissed off, or bitter PALIN/mccain supporter would tout the intelligence of Missouri voters for choosing the RIGHT President, and not being sold a "False bill of goods," but what does that say about the states of Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida??? Not to mention the MANY, MANY other states that owned your Girl and her hand puppet McCain.

    I guess being delusional has a new name, and it's called Republican.

    November 19, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. mike

    I guess he did have the final SAY. LOL

    November 19, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. John S

    Missouri,, Hahahahahahahaha,, Lossers

    November 19, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. James in New Orleans

    Uhmmm, it is kindda late though but congrats on Senator McSame....
    you haters out there it's time to forget the past and move on.....
    OBAMA 08

    November 19, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. Hhahha

    Iam lovin it!

    November 19, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. Dixie AZ

    If he is planning on running again for his senate seat, maybe he could run in Missouri to give us Arizonans a break.

    November 19, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. Shawn

    Ha Ha. McCain got crushed. He will never regain his dignity and good name after the disgraceful, pathetic, extremist campaign he ran.

    November 19, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Um

    Bye Bye Budweiser? November 19th, 2008 4:43 pm ET

    An apparent Obama supporter wrote "bye bye Budweiser." Why? It's not as though Sen. McCain won Belgium.

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    Because Anheiser Busch's headquarters is located in St. Louis, Missouri maybe?

    November 19, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. jfs Memhis, Tn

    These conservative voters just DO NOT GET IT. They need to read more.... and to quote a famous Democratic President from Missouri(Harry Truman)...You can take a horse to water but you can't make him drink. Guess we will just "have to show them". VERY disappointing that so many voters were SO stubborn that they broke an impressive record. GOOD JOB Missouri.

    November 19, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. Ari

    Well at least that has been dealt with. You know, I was stopped behind a Budweiser truck at a traffic light yesterday, and I thought, "Thank God John McBush will not be president."

    November 19, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. anne

    accorn did not work in missouri, even though McCaskill was promoting it. Maybe Obama will give her a job as she will need it the next time she comes up for election

    November 19, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. jfs Memhis, Tn

    These conservative voters just DO NOT GET IT. They need to read more.... and to quote a famous Democratic President from Missouri(Harry Truman)...You can take a horse to water but you can't make him drink. Guess we will just "have to show them". VERY disappointing that so many voters were SO stubborn that they broke an impressive record. GOOD JOB Missouri....

    November 19, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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