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. Left Coast Liberal

    I think it is rude for people to post negative things about Missouri. I notice some people from NC posting like they are above it all. Get a life. Your state had a close race and far from a landslide. I am an Obama supporter, but at least know how to be objective.

    November 19, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. Jim

    I'm disappointed a majority of Missouri voters didn't support Obama's historic election. He was clearly the more qualified candidate. WIth Obama showing good judgment and picking cabinet secretaries, and the economy in dire straits, I have a feeling most of the state's voters would support him today!

    November 19, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  3. Ken

    Sue – Nicely said. Neither candidate is a bad person and neither has the truly correct way to fix things, but the last eight years showed that the current plan is not the right one for us. Let it be said that we have tried the trickle down economic plan twice now and it did not work. This time might have worked had the Congress not allowed these companies to ship the jobs overseas (basically taking the trickle down money out of the worker's pockets). Why have CEO's salaries increased 400% since 1980, but the common worker's salary has not really increased much at all? It's definitely time for change. Anything is better than what is going on now!

    I also look forward to the day when politics can be discussed without namecalling. I would love to see people accept that someone has a different opinion and just respect it. You do not have to change yours, just accept that someone thinks differently. RESPECT goes a long way!

    November 19, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. Adam From Missouri

    Oh, for crying out loud!! Granted, McCain won Missouri, but it was only by a tenth of a percent!! This state has always been one of the closest in the nation on a long-term scale, especially this time. No party can truly lay claim to Missouri; for example, McCain took it by a hair, but the Democratic governor-to-be won by about twentyish percent. Why can't we all just accept what happened on any scale and just move on? I'd like that to happen. Bellwether-schmellwether.

    November 19, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. Simon

    The streak for Tenn was also that long, dating back to 1960. It was also broken this year

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

    Congratulations Missouri! You're still in the Retarded States of America! Ha Ha – just teasing. THANK YOU to all the hard working Dems in Missouri. You did a great job and it was very close. We'll get 'em next time!

    November 19, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. Fred

    Congratulations John, your nasty racists attacks worked pitting one worker against another won you Missouri, I hope your proud.

    November 19, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. john

    Type in "dubious donations" in search engine........... Very interesting NY Post article

    November 19, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. Matt from Dallas

    Well I guess that means I won't mind spending my money in Missouri now. I almost had to boycott the whole state! 🙂 Good job Missouri!

    November 19, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. Lauren independent voter California

    Too little, too late, mccain still lost by a landslide. LOL

    November 19, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. TonySTL

    The thing about Missouri is that it may be the most polarized state in the country. The City of St. Louis went 88% for Obama, St. Louis County was over 60% for Obama, Kansas City proper went strongly for Obama, but everywhere else went for McCain by a landslide. It is like there are two countries in Missouri. One group dreams of the US becoming more like Sweden or Canada (with nationalized medicine and education), the other group dreaming of the US becoming more like South Africa (during apartheid) or Iran (substituting Christianity for Islam).

    November 19, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  12. STL-Ren

    MO has a demographic shift the opposite direction of states like VA, NC and CO. St. Louis is a typical rust belt losing major coorporations and a significant chunk of young, college educated youth. Kansas City has similar struggles. The fastest growing part of our state is the Southwest (Springfield) which is culturally in tune with Oklahoma.

    Overall, our median age is up and that is what ultimately doomed us as a bell whether. I don't expect us to return to our bellwhether status unless all the ex-Missourians moved back.

    November 19, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  13. GARY


    November 19, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  14. Mike

    I think Missouri did great in picking the right candidiate. Oklahoma picked Mccain by a landslide and I am proud of that. That goes to show you that Missouri will be vindicated by their choice in the near future. With a majority democrat governement, it will be a matter of time when Missour will be proven correct in their advocacy for Mccain.

    November 19, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  15. Dan, TX

    I think Paul is onto something. Missouri will go back to getting it right until 2060.....

    November 19, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  16. William

    What Matters is The people Who vote with their Understanding of the issues This country is facing, NOT People who Vote with There Immotions.

    November 19, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  17. David

    Missouri = still redneck

    November 19, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    P.U. Missouri stinks!

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

    Let's have a re-count!

    November 19, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  20. patientdad

    A lot of folks are throwing out words they really don't understand. Red, Blue, Landslide.

    Sorry to break anyone's bubble but a 7% win is not a landslide by any stretch of the imagination. It just looks like it due to the incrongruities of the electoral college. Keep in mind that nearly half of the voters did not vote for Obama. It wasn't a race thing for most, it was his ideas. We are moving toward (and have been for quite some time) a Socialist State. We can be the USSA; United Socialist States of Anemia. But hey, a win is still a win.

    November 19, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  21. Bill in STL

    As a St. Louisan who voted for Obama, I'm just proud of the fact that we had a record turnout all over the country!!

    OTOH, those of us who voted for Obama cannot take away the fact that 46% of the country still voted for the other guy (including, by a very slim majority, Missourians).

    I've been hearing a lot bandied about by the press and others that Obama has a "mandate". When the other guy still gets 46% of the vote, you don't have a mandate (mandates are more like 70/30). You have, as Bill Clinton tried to tell the Democrats that got voted in in 2006 vowing to 'stop the war', an 'opportunity'.

    It wouldn't matter if Jesus Christ got elected president – this country is facing serious challenges, beginning with the fact that all of us, starting with those high-paid finance wizards on Wall St., have been living way beyond our means.

    Obama has an 'opportunity' to inspire all of us to roll up our sleeves and get to work. If we don't heed his advice, there are plenty of people in India, China, Brazil and everywhere else that will be more than happy to take our place "on the top of the heap".

    – Bill

    November 19, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |

    The win in Missouri for Senator McCain, can only make his total look good. Notwithstanding, the electoral votes which he earned are still well below the 270 which would have given him victory. McCain spent a lot of time visiting Missouri, and he should be congratulated for his effort and success in Missouri, especially since it is not the national result.

    November 19, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  23. McCain

    Get a life people. Obama...give me a break. The guy is a pot head.

    November 19, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  24. WIlly Brown


    November 19, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  25. Rod

    Once again Missouri has shown good sense. This time the nation made the wrong choice. Obama will be a disaster if you believe his record and what he said during the campaign.

    November 19, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
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