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

McCain wins Missouri; State's streak over!


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Anonymous

    accountant guy

    we are not a backward state alright kansas city and St. louis are very progressive minded areas and hasve shown that for a very long time

    also what state are you from anyway?

    November 19, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. arc, Lugano CH

    McCain has to hand out 3,632 sets of bed sheets and pointy hats now.

    He can afford it.

    November 19, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Shawn

    Larry of Boston wrote: "MIssouri got it right – the rest of the states voting for Obama got it wrong."

    Ummm, sure. Too bad the remaining "red states" are the armpits and crotch of America. All the states worth living in went for Obama. The rest are a waste of space and intellectual and cultural wastelands. Yuck.

    November 19, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. kate from Chicago

    ok so Missouri narrowly went with McCain....honestly who cares...and please...why dont' you stop with the horrible over generalized comments indicating just because half the state went red ..that they are all backwoods rednecks who are uneducated.

    I seriously question the knowledge of those that actually think in this very over generalized stereotypical way....most of the time..those comments come from people from the "coasts"..who live in there bubble of the "coasts" and never go out and explore the rest of this country to know there are other perspectives..and just because they differ from yours..doesn't make them ignorant.

    November 19, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Chut Pata

    If the tradition is correct, then a recount is appropriate as it may reverse the result and prove Missourians were actually right this time as well.

    November 19, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Mike

    To the rest of America Missouri isn't a red state, it just had one bumpkin TOO MANY voting this election year.

    November 19, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. Chut Pata

    Paul, Riverside, CA November 19th, 2008 4:35 pm ET
    Very strange!!!
    1904-1956 = 52 years
    1956-2008 = 52 years

    Okay, so this proves the results were correct. Every 52 years, the Missourian make the wrong decision.

    November 19, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. AGB, Lanham, MD.

    Congratulation on your "skyslide" victory Senator.

    By the way, I hear your VP will no longer be joining you at the senate.

    November 19, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. New Day

    It took two weeks???!?!?! Who tallied the votes, the Count from Sesame Street? "One, mua-ha-ha. Two mua-ha-ha. Three...."

    November 19, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. peter

    Missouri got it right but Mizzoura got it wrong.

    November 19, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    It's OVER and has been for some time, OBAMA WON, Missouri as a consolation prize is cold comfort for McCain by this point, much like his wife, from the looks of her.

    November 19, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. AK

    they pick the wrong one every 52 years, from 1904 to 1956 and then to 2008. The next time they will be wrong again is 2060, mark this record.

    November 19, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. Kelcie

    Washington Observer November 19th, 2008 4:39 pm ET

    Missouri always picks the Presidential winner. This year Missouri picked the correct President; he just did not win.
    I guess George W. Bush is also one of the "winners" that we can credit Missouri for selecting.

    November 19, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. S. Boatman Warrensburg, Mo.

    Landslide! . . . In Slow Motion!

    November 19, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Beaming in CA

    Can Missourians on the winning side say "President-Elect Barack Obama"? And what a picture for the ages, that shot of former Senator, now President-Elect Barack Obama speaking to a crowd in the hundreds of thousands before the Gateway Arch in St. Louis! Thank you, progressive Missourians, your state will get it right next time!!

    November 19, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. Stu-Florida

    Give Missouri to Alaska... at least the McCain half!

    November 19, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Gerda Edwards

    Turn Texas BLUE @ 4:35 -

    You owe me a new monitor after I spewed my drink all over it when I read your ridiculous statement about a "LANDSLIDE"!!!

    Obama couldn't even match Clinton's numbers (370-168 and 379-159 ), let alone the shellacking from Reagan and Bush 1 (489-49, 525-13, and 426-111).

    And EVERYTHING was in his favor except for the record low approval rating of the Democrat Congress - worst economic news in generations, lowest-ever approval rating for the incumbent President, racist voting to the tune of 95%, a thoroughly biased and supportive media, conservative punits turning on their own, etc.

    November 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. De Long spokane

    That's nice for historical reasons, but otherwise it's surely not important in regards to changing the President Elect from Obama to McCain...

    Election historians will favor this news.

    November 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. A Woman In California For Obama

    Well Missouri was WRONG again in this contest. The best man won.

    November 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Vic of New York

    Perhaps someone is familiar with the old New York saying: "That and a subway token, will get you to Brooklyn"?

    November 19, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Kiah G.

    Bye Missouri!

    November 19, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. Aaron from Pennsylvania

    I can feel the tides changing. REPUBLICAN COMEBACK! They are strong again. McCain will be Bush's successor! I can feel it!

    November 19, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. 3strikes

    COOL, missouri-ans knew which candidate wouldnt slowly deteriorate the u.s. into a 3rd world country

    November 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. tony

    Come on people, the election is over. Wait 4 years and then do what you have to do. VOTE

    November 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. Nick from Chicago

    Ah, "We've got 'em right where we want 'em," NOW it's all starting to make sense John!

    November 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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