November 19th, 2008
03:53 PM ET
4 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. marchooks

    it's those darn Illini that mess it up. Adlai Stevenson and Obama both messed up the streak!

    November 19, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. P. Davis

    As a resident Missourian, this is better than expected. Remember Missouri is was a Mason Dixon state. If you visit for 3-4 days it won't take long to be reminded that it is not a progressive state.

    November 19, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. Erika, KS

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Good Job McCain. Good to know my neighboring state has some sense after all.

    November 19, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    I think I speak for a lot of people when I say this:
    No one cares anymore. The election is over and Obama won. The country has more important things to worry about

    November 19, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. Nan

    Wow glad the election wasn't being decided by Missouri. Can you imagine waiting 2 weeks for the results?!? Congrats to McCain.

    November 19, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  6. Hillary

    MO is very deep south when it comes to non-whites! I live there and knew it would happen.

    November 19, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  7. Damon, NC

    I commend my fellow Barak Obama suppoters I know that you worked hard to get the vote out and you did a marvelous job. Thanks from North Carolina, we all are winners.

    November 19, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  8. Anne, FL

    Sorry the streak is over, but Americans got it right by electing Barack Obama.

    Thanks anyway Missouri, you tried.

    November 19, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  9. larryingeorgia

    What you all seem to have forgotten is Missouri used to be the "Show Me" state. For whatever reason you voted for Obama, he now must "Show Me" if he can actually fulfill his rhetoric. With almost two months to go before being inaugurated, his top picks for his organization do not seem to speak towards the "change" you all came to believe in. If you voted for him you should now make it your responsibility to make him accountable.

    Missouri is home to hundreds of extremely famous and important people: Harry Truman, Samuel Clemens – pragmatists to the end. While I hope you enjoy your victory much like that of a superbowl win, after the euphoria wears off, hopefully you'll turn your pragmatism toward your chosen leader.

    Make him accountable. He's your president!

    November 19, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. Teresa, Georgia

    ...and it's still a landslide for Obama!!!

    November 19, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  11. gregory james

    well it is lost in the woods but mr o is the winner you no that and so do those cheating reppees.... to bad get over it fools you lossed big time can see that no one like you rep good bye as holes.......

    November 19, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  12. obama

    To put it quite simply has anyone seen the new poll out about Obama supporters? You should. It gives you a good glimpse into who voted for him and how uninformed they were. Over half those interviewed did not know that dems were in control of the house and senate. More than half did not know pelosi, reid or Barney Frank. It is mind boggling how ignorant they were but yet they voted. Good job to Missouri you did pick the right man. The rest of America will have the next 4 years to see what total dem control is like.

    November 19, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Has anyone noticed that Obama clearly said in his acceptance speech that there is a lot of work to be done and that we may not get it done quickly, that it may even take more than one term. What happened to "What do we want? CHANGE!!! When do we want it? NOW!!!"?????

    November 19, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  14. Independent Female Voter

    Who cares!!! You still lost, but congrats anyway.

    November 19, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  15. minka from MO

    FYI

    St. Louis City and St. Louis County went for Obama in a big way. The "Harry Truman" part of the state needs to be educated.

    November 19, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. Vera Butler

    Missouri ... you blew it ... Better get it right next time when Barack wins re-election

    November 19, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  17. Mike S.

    Who cares?

    November 19, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. Pablo R

    Don't worry Missouri, you'll get it right on 2012...

    November 19, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. MoDem

    As one of those so called ignorants who voted for Obama – got to burst your bubble and let you know that polls show us great unwashed democrats actually not only knew the dems would gain control of the 3 tiers of government, but also VOTED for it eyes wide open.

    The people have spoken and just like 47% of us had to do for 8 very long years, it is now time for those who did not vote for Obama to suck it up and accept the will of the people. How do you think we felt in 2000 and 2004?

    Instead of tearing shreads off the president elect and those of us who voted for him and the Dems in the house and senate, why not give them a chance, after all 8 years of Republican control doesn't seem to have done this country any favors.

    November 19, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  20. Ike

    Most people voted for Obama and were uniformed. They were too scared to research him because they feared they would be exposed to all the evil stuff about this man. Sadly, most of those people are blacks. And personally, I think it is racist to vote based on the color of a persons skin.

    November 19, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  21. Edward

    To put it quite simply has anyone seen the new poll out about Obama supporters? You should. It gives you a good glimpse into who voted for him and how uninformed they were. Over half those interviewed did not know that dems were in control of the house and senate. More than half did not know pelosi, reid or Barney Frank. It is mind boggling how ignorant they were but yet they voted. Good job to Missouri you did pick the right man. The rest of America will have the next 4 years to see what total dem control is like.

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    Can it get any worst than what your REPUBLICAN President has done? Let me guess, you voted for Bush? Considering this why should anyone take your advice on whom they should have voted for. You're clearly bad at making decisions.

    November 19, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  22. Sandy

    Change won't happen overnite...and so what on MO it was so close it doesn't matter now. For those who keep being negative on the choice you need to put it to rest because President Elect Obama is in the House and instead of slamming Him why not get on the good foot and help make the Change.

    November 19, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. Hypocrites_are_everywhere

    All of the talk about tolerance and love of the right-wing religious nuts is nothing but BS. Otherwise, I'd have moved and lived in their states.

    The problem with dumb people is that they don't know they are dumb. And dumb people tend to be superstitious and rely on their 'so-called' faith to subjugate others in the name of religious freedom!

    Get with it, folks - religion has nothing to do with morality. Those who are against gay marriage know darn well that they would be pissed if there were law that restrict touching themselves! Though, it'd be difficult to enforce such law!

    November 19, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  24. Hypocrites_are_everywhere

    To those who think that people that voted for Obama are uninformed, uneducated or racist, what does that make you in voting for Bush in the last election(s)?

    Duhhh... suck it up right-wing/religious/gun-clinging losers!

    BTW. I voted for Reagan!

    November 19, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  25. Frank, Las Vegas

    Missouri fell for the outright lies of Palin. She spent a lot of time there in the closing days. Unfortunately Missouri bought into her lies. I' very surprised, especially from the "Show Me" state! She showed you nothing, just told a bunch of lies, over and over again. So much for "Show Me", now I guess it's just "Tell Me". Which doesn't say much for Missouri. Sorry to see that, oops, I mean hear that.

    November 19, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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