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. Mark in SW New York

    What is wiht you people? There is so much venom in these comments on both sides. The election is over, we have a president elect a sitting president and the country needs to get over this petty name calling and get to the business of setting things right. Calling each other names and spouting all this rhetoric is doing nothing but showing alot of ignorance among sore losers and sore winners. We need to support the president and president elect and show the true nature of the United States. I may not have voted for Obama but I am willing to give the man a chance to prove his mettle. You should do the same.

    November 19, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. Nimi from NY

    It was the President-elect who said our destiny is not written for us we make our destiny. He sure did make history without Missiori. He created his own path to the Presidency without Missiouri. He broke the streak.

    November 19, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. WestCoastWoman

    Who cares....... this is hardly newsworthy. The Bush Crime family is almost out of office and I can hardly wait for real leadership with an intelligent & brillant man! Go Obama!

    November 19, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. EJ in St. Louis

    man oh man.........

    The RAMS

    The CHIEFS

    The BLUES

    the Cards and Royals had bad years and now THIS????????

    Thank God we have MIZZOU!!

    November 19, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. kcbob

    There are a lot of racists here.

    November 19, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. JR Salazar

    Two weeks...TWO WEEKS after the election had concluded, and you just called Missouri for McCain NOW...


    November 19, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Matt from Kansas City, MO

    It's such a shame to live in such a hick state. So much for us picking the winner, as it is we have not voted for a democrat since Clinton. And for those of you critisizing Missouri, well at least we voted for a democratic govenor (thank god), so get a life and shut up. And besides, WHO CARES ANYMORE??!!! OBAMA WON!!!!! Perhaps Obama will be more sucessful the next time around. The only problem with our state is the republican stronghold of the Springfield and Branson area.

    November 19, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. Noah

    Obama will bring about REAL CHANGE and the ones that did not vote for him I think can at least agree that McCain and Co were NOT the candidates of change by a long shot.
    Let's get behind Obama and tackle our huge challenges and opportunities!!!

    November 19, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. Arun Swamy

    SO they get it wrong every 52 years.

    November 19, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. applecrispbetty

    The state of Missouri where I grew up but which rejects gays should vote and did vote Republican, because that is their philosophy. I no longer live there.

    November 19, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. Michael, Huntington Beach, CA

    I think there should be a recount in Missouri.
    The people of the state deserve a chance at not losing their belwether status.

    If the national election had been closer, there would be a recount for sure, and in a lot of states, a .1% difference would trigger an automatic recount.
    Out of the 3_ million ballots, I'm sure there are far more mis-counts, machine errors and human errors than the 3600 vote difference.

    November 19, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. Paul Thompson

    Who are these people that think Democrats have all the answers???
    I'm really sick of hearing them spout their exuding confidence in a President elect that only 2% of his voters were even educated on the issues.
    How about just looking at the person and not a party next time.

    November 19, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. john

    We will get it next time along with GA and SC!!

    November 19, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. Umar

    "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 ??????????????????????"


    An 8 million vote margin of victory is indeed a landslide in a Presidential election when no incumbent is running.

    November 19, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  15. tennisguypitt

    It's no big deal.

    November 19, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |


    November 19, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. Amy Kathleen

    "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"

    Yes... because clearly states that vote overwhelmingly and consistently Republican are exactly the same as states where the winner was decided by a margin of less than one percent. MO may no longer be a bellweather, although I still think that any state that has picked the winner all but twice in 104 years is probably more balanced than most. Just think that if only three thousand people, a small town, had voted the other way, you would all be praising MO. Well, most of you.

    November 19, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  18. Ken

    Hey Gerda Edwards. I think you make some very good points in your post. The only conclusion that can be cogently drawn from your analysis is that there are a great many stupid people in America who would continue to vote against their own best interest and the best intersts of their country, despite the great quantity of obvious evidence before them concerning the abject FAILURE of the [R]ightwing party. These people treat their allegience to the [R] party like a religion - they want their pathetic rightwing dogma handed to them on a plate by the likes of Limbaugh and his ilk - they don't want to analyse the issues for themselves and ponder the world around them. This lack of intellectual curiousity and analysis was personified in the recent campaign by Palin, and by her intellectually numb supporters.

    November 19, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  19. Zach K

    Missouri, Bissouri, No matter what, Missouri would NOT have decided the presidential race.

    But congratulations to Missouri for voting for the losing canidate, a first since 1956.

    November 19, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  20. Gracie

    WOW..... great for John McCain.

    November 19, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. N.

    This is even more reason to kick Missouri out of the union!!

    November 19, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. Mike from MO

    I'm so sad our streak is over. One of my friends is a die hard Republican who knew Obama would win. He voted for Obama so Mo would go blue and be one the winning team.

    November 19, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  23. Don B. from Texas

    And Missouri is the "Show me state". Oh well, they lost the "Bud", they picked the wrong candidate and what is next-the Arch will, dare I not say!!

    November 19, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. Matt

    Congrats McCain! Only 97 more electoral votes to go! Keep rallying....

    November 19, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  25. janine

    Congratulations to McCain for winning Missouri. Overall I am happy with the election results. The better man won the Presidency.

    November 19, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
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