November 4th, 2008
10:23 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain aides see 'no path to victory'

(CNN) - Two senior aides to John McCain see "no path to victory," given the night's results so far.

The two advisors, who were crunching numbers for the Republican contender, were responding to a question via e-mail from CNN's Dana Bash, who has been covering the McCain campaign.

The aides asked not to named because the campaign is not commenting on internal discussions.

Three states that went Republican in 2004 have gone for Democrat Barack Obama, according to CNN projections - Iowa, New Mexico and Ohio.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (369 Responses)
  1. Mike

    I'm despondent, frankly, that someone of McCain's stature ended up being dragged down by a vicious little louse like Bush.
    I can only pray that America hasn't over-reacted, and put yet another disaster into the White House as a result.
    As for the GOP, hopefully this will finally provide the impetus for it to purge itself of the neo-cons (neo-imperialists, really), Bible-thumpers, and other lunatics that have so hijacked the party over the past decade.
    One can hope, anyway.

    November 4, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  2. Melissa

    I hate to rain on the parade, but why are we celebrating the beginning of American socialism?

    November 4, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  3. JG

    Its looking great for Obama, for which I'm pleased. Go Barack Star...

    But, if it had gone the other way, there can be no doubt we would still have been in better hands than we are currently.

    Either way, its probably going to be really difficult for McCain to accept this apparent defeat. He has done nothing but serve his country in one capacity or another all of his adult life. To have his country turn its back on him is going to be a brutal blow. It saddens me to see so many people disrespecting McCain. He is a great man, just not one that this country has chosen to follow for the next four year.

    November 4, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  4. historian

    Unfortunately, this is the end of a great nation.

    You have been promised change. And change you will get.

    Hopefully, our forefathers will forgive us for being so blind as a nation. Our children will now bear the burden of ignorance and the self-centered actions of the few in this awful age of personal entitlement.

    The toughest time lies ahead, as we, the people have had the bandaid of racism ripped-off, the spectre of gov't control unleashed, and the sand poured into the gears of capitalism that has made America great. Sleep well Obama supporters, you have opened Pandora's Box.

    November 4, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  5. White Man in Florida

    Finally this Country has more thoughtful than thoughtless. More realist than racist. More hopeful than hopeless. It's a great day for America and a great day for intelligent Americans!

    November 4, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  6. htc96

    Ok, to all the Obama idealists out here, you've been full of talk this year, lets see what your man can actually do. If I was betting today, I'd say you'll all be an unhappy lot four years from now. You've just elected a man with a highly suspect background and ties who has absolutely no executive leadership experience. That's what you say our country needs? Our country is in even bigger trouble than you could ever imagine. You've got the executive and legislative branches wrapped up, so no more excuses that the republicans screwed it up when all your socialist dreams fail. It's gonna be fun poking holes in all of your hare-brained ideas over the next four years!

    November 4, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  7. EJ

    It's going to take everyone here – Republicans, Democrats, Right Wingers, Liberals, and all the other characters that make up America, to come together and resolve the issues that face this nation.

    November 4, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |

    Way to go President Elect Obama!! I am really proud of my country right now for the FIRST time in eight years!! A president that can pronounce words!! and not look like he is in pain when he is speaking!! WAY TO GO AMERICA!!!
    Let the work begin!! I am ready!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  9. USAF forever

    Hey Democrats be careful what you wish for – you have had control of the senate and the house for the past 2 yrs and you have more control now – this happened once before when Clinton was president and the next election the Republicans took both over – face it the politicians do not give jobs to people they do make the economy work better – the AMERICAN people do this – at least the ones that work – and I have been to other countries UK -france- Germany and they kill the work ethic when you give people more money to stay at home verses work or to get a raise because if they get this or that raise they lose this or that benefit from the government then you Kill what is great about this Country. AS Far as Iraq and Afganistan goes go ahead pullout see what that will get us more deaths there and here in our own back yard or as one of Mr. Obama's friend's say "our Chickens will come home to roust." God help this Nation.

    November 4, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Okay, as many Obama supporters celebrate their presumed victory tonight, let's consider something. Based on how Americans usually react to economic hardship, a 72-year-old Republican presidential candidate should have lost by 25-30 basis points. The fact that McCain came as close as he did in many states suggests that there is a much larger, stronger anti-Obama sentiments throughout the country that his supporters are willing to admit. Now the Democrats own the White House, U.S. House of Representatives, and the Senate. Who are they going to blame if the economy gets even worse in the next two years as most economists predict it will?

    November 4, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  11. Nicki


    Hatred of Governor Palin has nothing to do with hatred of women. Hatred of Governor Palin has to do with the fact that she's stuck in the dark ages and has a brain the size of a walnut.

    November 4, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. ethanmichaelmcshane

    this was all about race....and lets face it all you dems want a handout... this was your revenge... and cnn and the other networks were needed to get it done.... well your going to get it... now america has found a way to vote itself money... in the name of progress... whatever.... obama the great messiah.... see you all in the food stamp line next year... or possibly at the government run clinic...
    thomas jefferson

    November 4, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. Sarah

    I am working in a secondary school in Australia and lots of students are very excited about the unfolding results we see. Go Obama!!

    November 4, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |

    I hope Obama takes this election but...

    1. IT ISN'T OVER
    2. We still need to work together to be a great nation. As all you probably can see in your work place, the best decisions are made when people who think differently come together to make something work. We need to work TOGETHER as Americans!!!!
    3. Be gracious in victory fellow Dems. No reason to regress to petty insults. Again, we're still Americans and need to work together to put us on top of the world stage again.

    LET'S GO OBAMA!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  15. Zombomb

    What a historic, and important evening, not only for our Nation, but for the entire world! Perhaps now we can finally rebuild our standing in the world community. Perhaps we can be invited to the table again, perhaps we will listen instead of demanding.

    ....To hope, to the future, to the decade of Obama!!!!

    What a Merry Christmas this shall be. Joy to the World indeed~

    November 4, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  16. Tom in MO

    How can this be a landslide when the popular vote is so close? It seems clear that most Obama supporters need to go back to school and take remedial mathematics.

    November 4, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  17. Grievous

    Well done America, you got it right this time! As a kiwi and father to be I have been watching with baited breath. The future looks a whole lot brighter.

    November 4, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  18. Bill

    The Mac is back...don't pay attention to the polls...we've got them right where we want them...LMAO!

    Yeah, the Mac is back...back in Arizona, that is!!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  19. Kelly T

    To the Canadian fool who said he is afraid of Obama. To the fool who said that a lot of Canadians are afraid of him. Point them out! I know none of them! Get back to your oilwell you redneck and let the rest of Canada share in the joy of welcoming America back to the world!

    November 4, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  20. Brenda

    The race isn't over yet. But, isn't anyone else but me bothered by the fact that "senior aides", people in top level positions, etc., just are not able to keep their mouths shut and their opinions to themselves? I have noticed this a lot lately, there is too much leaking of information. Why is it that informants just want to blab all the time? Why not wait until all the information is in and someone in a real position of power can make the final decision? There are so many "anonymous" bites of information out there one wonders what is really true and what isn't. That goes for ongoing political campaigns, homicide investigations, accidents, etc.

    November 4, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  21. livin in a mixed up world n lovin it!

    Taking a look at the % of young voters that went blue and the 33-45 year range majority went red, I would say that the youngest generations of voters have seen enough and are fed up. They are demanding change. After all, they will have to deal with what becomes of this country in the future longer than us old brats who are afraid to change. I am in the older crowd, I'd straight up Blue and already Love Barack and Michelle! I am so excited to see what a change you can make in this country!

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

    Obama is a good man but we need to keep things in perspective while America is plodding through tough times right now. What we don't need is someone who promises to fulfill all our wishes and has uncle Sam try to fix everything- with our tax dollars- we need to keep our heads up and realize a new president isn't the answer to all or prayers, we as Americans need to start being more accountable as a whole.

    November 4, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  23. mealone

    what da mean I could'nt be the president of the united states of america tell me somethin , aint it still we the people, right . if theres a new way I be the first in line , but it better work this time. PEACE SELLS BUT WHOS BUYIN?

    November 4, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  24. Fed Up

    I find it funny the way that people who are supposed to be the liberal accepting part of this country are so willing to point fingers, name call and say things that are so absolutely untrue, unreasonable or do not even make sense. Reading on here the past couple of days has made me sick and proven what many analysts have said.... This election is not about who deserves what, it is completely about emotion. I am not saying Obama doesn't deserve to win, I am just saying he is winning because of emotion and not facts. Funny thing is that was an argument many liberals made against the Republican party in 04' and yet not one of them seems to care now... interesting how its easy to make a scene when it benefits your side. People in this country need to take a step back and look at things logically. That goes for both sides.

    November 4, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  25. Kevin from NC

    Not only has Obama picked up alot of the Latino, and African American vote, he has also picked up many disruntled republicans votes like myself that are tired of negative ads, mud slinging and political gimmicks (remember the Fed Gas tax holiday idea this summer)

    Obama gave alot more substance to what he will do, unfortunately McCain leaned more on attacks rather than substance.

    November 4, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
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