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November 19, 2008

MCCAIN WINS MISSOURI.... It took a little longer than expected, but we now know the results of the presidential race from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Missouri, the lone holdout, was called today for McCain.

With all jurisdictions reporting complete but unofficial results, McCain led Obama by 3,632 votes Wednesday out of more than 2.9 million cast -- a margin of 0.12 percentage points.

Both men spent considerable resources trying to win Missouri, a state that Obama ultimately did not need for his national victory.

Obama won 365 electoral votes. Missouri's 11 electoral votes will give McCain 173.

McCain's win breaks Missouri's long-standing streak -- in every election since 1956, the winner of Missouri's electoral votes won the presidency. (Before 1956, Missouri had backed the eventual winner in every race dating back to 1904.) So much for that "bellwether" talk.

The best part about today's announcement? Those red and blue maps that have featured a hole right in the middle have finally been completed. It's as if the presidential race is finally over.

Steve Benen 5:15 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (13)

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Seems MO was closer with almost 3 million votes ( 3632 difference) than Begich's race in Alaska with only about 320 thousand (3724 with a few stragglers to count).

Posted by: Danp on November 19, 2008 at 6:03 PM | PERMALINK

Disappointed MO didn't go for O, but, like all meaningless streaks, I'm glad theirs is over.

On the other hand, they still have the longest streak for picking the eventual white male presidential winner.

Posted by: DanR2 on November 19, 2008 at 6:11 PM | PERMALINK

Why the fuck would anyone care about Missouri, at least, at this point? Lay them off, already.

Posted by: Ravi on November 19, 2008 at 6:28 PM | PERMALINK

So, electorally speaking, McCain got what? 32%, even with Missouri? Not too shabby for Obama.

Posted by: exlibra on November 19, 2008 at 6:31 PM | PERMALINK

I think to preserve Missouri's strak, the electors from Missouri should all cast their votes for Obama. It doesn't matter in the larger sceme of things, but it will let Missourians feel good that their streak continues.

Posted by: MDK on November 19, 2008 at 6:42 PM | PERMALINK

Now McCain can get on TV and yell, "Missouri is McCain country!"

Posted by: Lee on November 19, 2008 at 6:58 PM | PERMALINK

Well, good. Now that the election is finally over, the 2010 election has begun.

Posted by: bobbo on November 19, 2008 at 8:05 PM | PERMALINK

Impressive that it was this close. Nate Silver considered 375 electoral votes to be an "official" landslide. If Obama had a few more votes in Missouri, he would've hit that mark.

Posted by: Franklin on November 19, 2008 at 8:14 PM | PERMALINK

Hmmm...maybe Missouri has lost its standing as a bellwether.

Or maybe, all those ACORN activities added up, enough Secretaries of State (like Ohio's) refused Republican paperwork due to one box left unchecked (even though a signature was all that was legally necessary), and a few more of those shenanigans piled up. I'm not saying the leftist illuminati stole the election. It's completely possible Barack Obama won, fair and square. It's not that I don't trust Obama.

I just don't trust Mayor Daley.

My favorite election-day take, however, is South Park's.

Posted by: conservativechic on November 19, 2008 at 11:38 PM | PERMALINK

Being from the queen city of the Ozarks I can say there is a big class distinction here between educated, uneducated, informed and uninformed. You can see which ones dominated this election. So many here swallowed McCain/Palin propaganda hook, line and sinker.

I'm embarrassed for Missouri's ignorance. This is the bible belt and I can't tell you how vapid the republican email chains were here. I got tired of sending many of my family to snopes and fact check but they got tired of being corrected. It was all military hero anti abortion crap masking a deep seated hatred for the poor. Irrational, angry and resentful as any of the crowds at a Palin rally and making just about as much sense. I really thought Missouri had grown but bigotry and irrationality still reign. Republicans want to keep Missourians uninformed and uneducated in government and the constitution so they will continue to vote against their best interests. That's why civics and government have been removed from our curriculum. High School grads here don't even know what is in the constitution or the bill of rights. Missouri progressive liberals are growing and will slowly pull the rest of Missouri into the 21st century as necessity will drive them into new ways of thinking.

Posted by: bjobotts on November 20, 2008 at 12:51 AM | PERMALINK

btw...Why is it never mentioned that Obama is half white (and I don't mean from the waist down).

Truly epitomizes the race discussion's importance.

"McCain was just white but Obama is also half black".
Obama's being black had absolutely nothing to do with why I voted for him...the same is true with most people I know. It was never even a consideration. If he were not the best man for president it wouldn't have mattered what color he was...he would not have got my vote. Yet the media has made race a huge issue as they go on and on about the first black pres. etc.. I just think of him as the president.

Posted by: bjobotts on November 20, 2008 at 1:04 AM | PERMALINK

I live in the St.Louis area, and local news on election night spent most of its time covering the extremely loooooongggg lines at precints in the poorer, blacker parts of the city. Especially North St.Louis. People were waiting 6-7 hours in line, and some, after waiting, were told they couldn't vote. One lady interviewed said she had registered and voted at that same precinct during the primaries, but was told she couldn't vote in the general election. One precinct didn't have the last vote cast until 10:00pm, 3 hours after it closed. Even Claire McCaskill had trouble at the voting booth. When she went to go vote (news crews and cameras in tow) she was told she couldn't at first. Apparently there was some mix-up with her being on an absentee ballot list.

So conservativechic, go whine somewhere else about how unfair Republicans had it. When predominantly white parts of St.Louis, like mine,had waits of maybe 20 minutes, and black areas had to wait in line 7 hours, please let's talk about how ACORN registered the Dallas Cowboys and Mickey Mouse. How many people do you think (of those tens of thousands) standing in line were turned away by either the poll "tax" or by election officials mishandling paper work? Then, how many people voted as Mickey or Tony Romo?
You can bet that 3,632 gap would be a lot narrower.

Posted by: Palinoscopy on November 20, 2008 at 9:24 AM | PERMALINK

As a Missourian, I am totally embarrassed by this outcome. The silver lining for me is that my county (Boone) went for Obama by a tidy margin, 55% to 43%.

You know what the kicker is? According to the MO Secretary of State Web site, any of these third-party candidates garnered more votes than the margin between Obama and McCain: Libertarian (over 11,000 votes), Constitution (over 8,000 votes), and Nader/Gonzales (almost 18,000 votes). Had Missouri actually mattered in the election outcome this year, Nader would have been drawn and quartered for sure.

Posted by: galnoir on November 20, 2008 at 9:25 AM | PERMALINK



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