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. Michelle

    Missouri has always picked the best candidate for President (with the exception of Stevenson).

    Sadly, the majority of the nation picked a pair of bastards.

    Osama/Biden – Not my president

    November 19, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Karen, Arkansas

    Sounds as if Missouri now needs to catch up with the rest of the country....(Ya, I know....Arkansas does too!)

    November 19, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Shawn

    TJ Johnson wrote: "Congrats, Missouri. You are still in the smart column."

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!

    Sure. Missouri and Arkansas and Mississippi and Alabama and Kentucky! The smartest places in America!

    Nevermind that they are intellectual and cultural wastelands. If they're so smart, why do they live there? I'll stick with the more educated, prosperous, healthy and progressive states, thank you!

    November 19, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. kate from Chicago

    wow...enough with the red vs blue bashing comments....we need to unite the country..not further divide it....
    but again people..enough with the stereotypical comments... saying red states are all hicks is a ridiculous as uneducated as saying that blue states are all "inner city hoodlums" and a bunch of atheists.......come on people wake up!!

    November 19, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. GA for Obama

    TJ Johnson- IF you think MO was smart, what does that say about your own intelligence level?

    November 19, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. karol

    And what will he do with it. Why did it take so long?
    karl rove at work!

    November 19, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. Glenn in California

    It's kind of ironic that this historic election is the one the breaks the streak, and it took 2 weeks to figure that out on top of it. Streak, R.I.P.

    November 19, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    What a bunch of uninformed individuals. Was no one paying attention to any of the campaign fraud that was going on in the Obama camp. Why is anyone who voted for McCain considered a racist? This election had nothing to do with who was the better candidate. There are no people more racists than the black community. Very few voters actually looked at what Mr. Obama stands. How can you support someone who doesn't support this country. He is against everything American stands for. And that says nothing about his wife. She is finally proud to be an American! I've been proud to be an American my entire life. Would she rather be living in squalor somewhere instead of in the high life she has now?

    November 19, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. Mary in Missouri

    Darn, I desperately wanted to be proud of my state. I am disappointed that the state went with McCain, but then there is always next election. You see, we are the "Show Me" state and I think that after Obama shows the U.S. and the world the leadership and judgment he has, Missourians will go with the right choice next time.

    November 19, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. kate from Chicago

    guy in the an ignorant comment

    November 19, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. herb

    I know a win is a win congrulations Senator McCain and smooth sailing

    November 19, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. Mike

    I guess atleast people from missouri knew the change obama was talking about is bringing clinton administration back!

    November 19, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. Brian

    Geesh, what a sore loser.

    November 19, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. Jen, Cali

    Accountant Guy November 19th, 2008 5:30 pm ET
    Who cares, it was still a landslide and an electoral blood bath!!
    For an "accountant guy" you're not very good with numbers but certainly long on "rhetoric."

    2008 Election results;
    65,431,955 (53%) obama
    57,434,084 (46%) mccain

    Landslide ??????????????????????

    November 19, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. herb

    A win is a win congratulations Senator McCain- bye smooth sailing

    November 19, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. Prescott

    Well, this was close I think.

    November 19, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. Missourian

    Why are there so many hateful comments on here about Missouri? I'm personally a die hard Democrat and I voted for Obama, but McCain won fair and square (with a margin of 3,600). Just because we didn't go blue this time doesn't mean our 11 electoral votes don't count, or that our state is somehow "inferior" to your state...As Obama said, "There is no red America, or blue America, this is the United States of America."

    November 19, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. DB25

    I think OH has taken MO's place as the bellweather state, even though the winning margin was oh-so-slim. I'd say it was still a bellweather if Obama had won by a razor thin margin....but he won by a lot.

    November 19, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. Sherry

    McCain wins in Missouri just by 3K+ votes after 18 days!!!!! Speaks how the CHANGE is to the side of OBAMA!!!!!! Well Done Barak Obama

    November 19, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  20. T

    Overall, I am very happy with the results. Look how far Missouri has come in four years. In 2004, Democrats lost the Presidency (by 7%), a Senate Seat, Gov., Lt. Gov, and State Treasurer. Robin Carnahan (Sec. of State) and Jay Nixon (Atty Gen.) were the only statewide winners. Now Dems hold all statewide offices except Lt. Gov and Kit Bond's senate seat, while Obama came within 0.1% of winning the state. That's what progress looks like.

    November 19, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  21. Why????

    If all the haters that are against Mr. Obama would get behind him in getting this country back on track this would be a wonderful world after all.

    November 19, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  22. John

    such worthwhile news

    November 19, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  23. Vic

    So close.
    Even in the states that Obama lost, he did well.

    November 19, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. zenter

    well such a spirited bunch for what amounts to a meaningless article. This fact belongs in an almanac not the political ticker.

    November 19, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. Milhouse van Houten

    Tomorrows Headline*****McCain and the GOP demand national recount.

    November 19, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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