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. Bo

    I guess Obama showed you.

    November 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. TexasP

    I don't understand why there are so many haters out there. The freaking election is over kids! Why don't we rally and get us out of the hole that this country is in? Put the bitterness aside and let's get our home back on track!

    November 19, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. C from VA

    America finally got it right. What is it with people thinking the less intelligent candidate should be President? It happened with Bush. And now we are all paying for it. Kerry is more intelligent. Gore is more intelligent. I don't want someone I think I can hang out with. I have friends. I want someone who is intelligent enough to deal with the issues that come up in this country. This time America finally elected the smarter person.

    November 19, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. Righteous

    What are you even trying to prove? 365 to 173 is absolutely a landslide you have no idea what your talking about the GOP lost 3 republican strongholds that had gone red since 1964. Know your facts

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

    Hooray for increased division!!! I say we divide the country again. Blue States can unite and be the Progressive European nation in wants to be and the Red States can reform the Confederacy (we all see how that worked for them the first time) United!?!? HA, States of America indeed.

    November 19, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. recycle washington

    ===========WHO CARES????

    November 19, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. GA for Obama

    3rdstrike- cool, no, they did think YOU do

    November 19, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Sam

    They should recount. Just kidding.

    November 19, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. Vicki5

    I'll bet Missouri got it right all along.... I figure there was tampering going on with it taking this long to count.

    November 19, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. Soccer Nana

    Gerda Edwards, PEOTUS Obama matched enough to kick Senator McCain out of the ball park. He won greater than you and all of the other haters thought he could; and despite all your negative thoughts and comments, he will be the best President this Country has ever had. You all are trying to "judge" PEOTUS Obama before he can even begin his new job. He has a lot of work ahead of him; so don't start blaming him for the mess he has inherited.

    November 19, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. Accountant Guy

    Who cares, it was still a landslide and an electoral blood bath!!

    November 19, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. TJ Johnson

    Congrats, Missouri. You are still in the smart column.

    November 19, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. Jkay - KCMO

    Missouri is the only "target" state that McCain won!!

    That says a lot.

    November 19, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. Accountant Guy

    A landslide by any other name would still be a landslide!

    November 19, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. sandy

    Slowly, the map turns blue ... then if we keep going forward, it will go purple. Missouri will catch up eventually.

    We need a whole new philosophy about partisan politics. It is offensive to be required to declare a party before you can vote. We should be free to vote for the best PERSON, not party.

    November 19, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. No Hillary = No Obama

    This whole election had forces bearing upon it that has never before happened in history and so you have the skewed demographics, the upsets, the lopsidedness. The biased media's influence on the outcome of this election was a primary factor in tipping if not weighing down the scales of impartiality. I wonder what karmic price tag will have to be paid for this "media malpractice" as someone has already coined.

    November 19, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. Mike Philly

    Obama was, like, what, 95 votes ahead of the 270 needed to win? Was anyone still paying attention to the results in Missouri? I guess maybe people who live in Missouri. But as far as everyone else in the world is concerned, who cares?

    I guess it would be cute if Missouri's newspapers carried a big front-page "MCCAIN WINS!!" headline tomorrow morning. 🙂

    November 19, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. Guy in the Midwest

    Well that ends it. All of this nonsense about "Missouri bellweather" out the window. No longer will candidates waste their time and effort courting this useless state.

    If other conservative states like Indiana, Virginia, North Carolina and even Nebraska's 2nd congressional district voted for Obama, then Missourians have a serious and disturbing problem.

    I think its safe to say Missouri can now be taken out of the Midwest and dumped in the same group as Oklahoma and Arkansas

    November 19, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. Sue

    I am sorry for the people who are so enamored of the current administration that they can think things will get worse under Obama. How can it be worse? My God, two wars, endless needless deaths in the Middle East, wiretapping now available to local law enforcement with no warrant on any of us, illegal torture, the decimation of jobs, industry, and the US economy...and you really believe that McCain had any solutions? Truly? Tax and spend is far better than spend and spend...Republicans may have BEEN fiscally responsible at one time, but no more. You can't send 10 billion a month to Iraq and not recoup that money somewhere. You cannot let jobs go overseas with no tax fallout...just wave bye, how much more salary do you want, CEOS? We'll take care of it. Bush tried to bomb his way to prosperity, and McCain follows the same economic rules, so just what are you afraid of? Stop watching Hannity and listening to Rush, and you might find out about the crookedness of Bush et al, and you might see that this change will be for the best. ANYTHING is better than the neo-fascist agenda of Bush. And if someone yells "socialism"-I will happily remind you that any tax structure "spreads the wealth." The difference is that Bush spreads it up, (and those folks seem to be not creating so many jobs, huh?)and Obama realizes that 95% of the country are not multimillionaires who need more tax breaks.

    November 19, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. Dennis

    It just shows that Missouri isn't perfect. That was an incredibly close race. Truly one of the battlegrounds.

    November 19, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. Michael Donovan

    Who cares about Missouri? Obama won 8 red states by large margins. McCain almost lost his own state of Arizona. Obama completely distroyed McCain in both electoral votes and the popular vote.

    November 19, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. Rita, Burbank, CA

    Good. That's another myth we can bury with the "Bradley Effect"

    November 19, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  23. Con turned Lib

    Alright Missouri! You gave the guy a chance at not being "doubled up" on in electoral votes! Too bad though, came up a little short:

    Final score: Obama 365 McCain: 173

    Still a good ole fashioned butt whoopin if I've ever seen one!

    ....and for good reason.....none of us wanted the 'McSame.'

    November 19, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  24. Accountant Guy

    Thank goodness the majority of the country has a brain and made the right choice, unlike Missouri!! At least 49.3% made the smart choice!!

    November 19, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. GA for Obama

    Gerda Edwards-

    Well, well.:

    (370-168 and 379-159 ), let alone the shellacking from Reagan and Bush 1 (489-49, 525-13, and 426-111).

    First, Reagan and Bush 1 were the only two heavy landslides since 1904. Second, Obama (365-173) is ABOUT as same as both of Bill Clinton's 202 and 220 EV leads. Btw, Obama had a 202 EV lead before Missouri.

    Now, if I recall Gerda, Bill had 49% and 47% while Obama HAS 53%. Furthermore, Obama has a BIGGER popular vote margin than Bush 1 and same as Reagan the second time and nearly the same the second time.

    Obama NOT ONLY matched but BEAT Bill Clinton and Bush 1's wins but matched Reagan's wins. Btw, all the news station and presidential historical records are reporting a LANDSLIDE.

    P.S. I forgive you for your ignorance. TX, GA, MT, and ND will go blue next time in addition to the Obama states.

    November 19, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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