June 9th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
15 years ago

CNN projects: Who's ahead in the fight for the Electoral College?


CNN will be projecting Electoral College results through Election Day. Battleground states are yellow, safe McCain states are dark red, leaning McCain states are light red, safe Obama states are dark blue, and leaning Obama states are light blue. Photo credit: CNN.

WATCH John King lay out the state of the Electoral College map.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Today, CNN unveils the first of many CNN Electoral Maps of the 2008 general election. It is based on analysis from the CNN Political Unit and takes into account a number of factors, including polling, state voting trends, ad spending, candidate visits, and guidance from the campaigns and political strategists. The list will be updated regularly as the campaign develops over time.


Safe McCain States Total 125
Lean McCain States Total 69
Safe Obama States Total 153
Lean Obama States Total 37
BATTLEGROUND STATES: 154 electoral votes in 12 states
Colorado 9
Florida 27
Iowa 7
Michigan 17
Minnesota 10
Missouri 11
Nevada 5
New Hampshire 4
Ohio 20
Pennsylvania 21
Virginia 13
Wisconsin 10
MCCAIN STATES TOTAL 194 electoral votes in 24 states
Safe McCain states total: 125 electoral votes in 16 states
Alabama 9
Alaska 3
Arizona 10
Idaho 4
Kansas 6
Kentucky 8
Mississippi 6
Nebraska 5
North Dakota 3
Oklahoma 7
South Carolina 8
South Dakota 3
Tennessee 11
Texas 34
Utah 5
Wyoming 3
Lean McCain states total: 69 electoral votes in 8 states
Montana 3
North Carolina 15
Arkansas 6
Georgia 15
Indiana 11
Louisiana 9
New Mexico 5
West Virginia 5
OBAMA STATES TOTAL 190 electoral votes in 15 states
Lean Obama states total: 37 electoral votes in 4 states
Maine 4
New Jersey 15
Oregon 7
Washington 11
Safe Obama states total: 153 electoral votes in 11 states (and D.C.)
California 55
Connecticut 7
D.C. 3
Delaware 3
Hawaii 4
Illinois 21
Maryland 10
Massachusetts 12
New York 31
Rhode Island 4
Vermont 3

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soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    This is just getting started. We'll give McCain the lead now, because he is old and to ease his arthritis, we will give him a rocking chair to sit on for now.
    "But this year Indiana will go BLUE 'Democrate"
    Hillary supporters or not


    June 9, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. M

    I love how they left Michigan and Florida as toss up states. Are you kidding me CNN, Michigan and Florida are not going to forget that quickly.

    June 9, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. Adam

    Not sure why people continue to point to Florida as a swing state. McCain has that solidly locked up already. Disinfranchising voters may have helped Obama win the primary but it may have doomed him for the general.

    I was going to support Obama but after seeing his extreme views on abortion (supporting partial-birth abortion aka. INFANTICIDE) I am not so sure. I think McCain should go for Palin as his VP, everyone should read up on her. She seems like an amazing woman.

    June 9, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  4. Michael

    would you people stop saying Hillary won. My god are you people delusional? She was behind in pledge delegates. She was behind and she had no opponent in MI. She lost this election by being negative. You people act like she did nothing wrong. She and Obama agree on 99 percent of the issues. Stop being little babies.

    June 9, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. Dan (Redmond, WA)

    Oregon and Washington are solidly Democratic states. There's no way McCain switches us over here on the LEFT Coast!!!

    June 9, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. Sarah

    Texas will turn blue this year. This will be the big upset of the election..
    Keep watching

    June 9, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. Adam

    And Ian how did you come up with you figures? If you give both candidates all the leaning states, McCain has 263. Then give him Florida and he wins. Hardly an encouraging sign for Obama.

    June 9, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. Mike

    I am a very strong Clinton support... But I hope that Obama wins in November..

    June 9, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  9. mccaineeack

    Obama has no chance against McCain! If KY and TN are “safe” for McCain, then it is over. If McCain wins, KY, TN, he wins OH, MO, then the election. All 4 of the states have decided who would be the president for the past 40 years.

    June 9, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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