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Old Nov 04, 2008, 03:39 PM   #1
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Default Election 08 results

I'm sure many of you - both inside and outside of the US - are very interested to see what the results are so far with this year's election. I thought it would be a great thread to update everybody on which candidate won which state, as well as how many electoral votes they have received.

In order to win, a candidate needs 270 electoral votes.

So far, McCain has won the states of Kentucky and West Virginia, giving him a total of 13.

And Obama won Vermont, giving him 3.

Let's keep each other updated as the night progresses till we find out who is officially the 44th president of the United States!
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Old Nov 04, 2008, 03:47 PM   #2
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I'm going to make a reckless prediction. Obama to beat McCain with 310 electoral college votes to 228.
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Old Nov 04, 2008, 05:43 PM   #3
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If I understand Fox News correctly...

States just won:

McCain: Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, North Dakota, Kansas, Wyoming

Obama: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maine, Illinois

Total electoral votes:

McCain: 90
Obama: 200
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Old Nov 04, 2008, 05:46 PM   #4
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Obama should be over the top by 5am (UK time). Ohio has been crucial again.
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Old Nov 04, 2008, 06:27 PM   #5
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You are right about Ohio...McCain just won Texas, giving him 34 electoral votes, but if Obama wins California, that's 55. Most likely, that's going to happen since a majority of people in CA are democrats, or independents leaning left.

Anyway, the latest:

McCain wins Texas and Utah.
Obama wins in Iowa.

McCain: 138
Obama: 207
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Old Nov 04, 2008, 06:40 PM   #6
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In about 15 minutes more projections should come in.
It's amazing how close it is in Virginia.
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Old Nov 04, 2008, 06:57 PM   #7
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OBAMA HAS WON!!! BARACK OBAMA IS THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE USA!!! A HISTORIC DAY INDEED!
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Oh joy...Obama as president...

A toast to you America...

Still interested to see if your first prediction is correct though Clark. Obama has 297 and McCain has 155.
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Old Nov 04, 2008, 07:11 PM   #9
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Regardless of what your party is,or your personal views, it can not be denied this was an historic night. I have never been more proud to be an American, and my faith in Democracy itself is (somewhat) restored.
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They say he has the job. Now the hard part begins, he has to do it. He has to gain our approval and keep it.
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What I dont get, is why do we have the electoral college anyway? I have to feel like my vote doesnt count since 6 minutes after the polls closed in California, Obama was declared the winner.
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Oh joy...Obama as president...

A toast to you America...

Still interested to see if your first prediction is correct though Clark. Obama has 297 and McCain has 155.
My prediction was a bit off but who cares? It's a big Obama win. He's on 338 now.
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Regardless of what your party is,or your personal views, it can not be denied this was an historic night. I have never been more proud to be an American, and my faith in Democracy itself is (somewhat) restored.
Very true. It would have been historical no matter what. First African American president, or first female vice president.

Sure, I was not originally for Obama. And yes, I am disappointed. But I'm actually not as upset as I thought I'd be. No, that does not mean I am unloyal to McCain. It's his words that are running through my mind right now: country first. Now, we have to work together as Americans to help us see a better future, instead of thinking "me first." Let's hope voters are not hypocritical there. Again, I may not agree with what Obama stands for (just the thought of the most liberal man as president...) but that does not mean I will disrespect him. I will have faith and believe in him and hope he proves me wrong. I just wish people could have thought like that with President Bush. Sure, he has made some idiotic mistakes, but people could have still had respect for him...which was unfortunately lost, and used against McCain.

Overall, I congratulate Obama. Let's see what this guy can do.
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I was talking to some people at work and they were saying that they were tired of the Republican party. One person even admitted that they would vote for the Democratic candidate no matter who he was. I find that really sad.
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What I dont get, is why do we have the electoral college anyway? I have to feel like my vote doesnt count since 6 minutes after the polls closed in California, Obama was declared the winner.
It's so that the smaller states can have some power, compared to states like California who have a larger population. If we didn't have this system, all of the bigger states would have all the political power.
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I was talking to some people at work and they were saying that they were tired of the Republican party. One person even admitted that they would vote for the Democratic candidate no matter who he was. I find that really sad.
Now times that one person by, oh I don't know, a million? Maybe more.
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What I dont get, is why do we have the electoral college anyway? I have to feel like my vote doesnt count since 6 minutes after the polls closed in California, Obama was declared the winner.
I see the electoral college as a rubber stamp on the popular vote. Your vote does count.

What scares me is the vote was called on exit polls. No precincts reported on the west coast before the election went to Obama.
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It's so that the smaller states can have some power, compared to states like California who have a larger population. If we didn't have this system, all of the bigger states would have all the political power.
But with the system we have now, states on the west have almost no political power. Am I supposed to believe they actually counted all of Ca's votes in less than 6 minutes, especially since we use paper ballots. It just makes me think why bother....
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I see the electoral college as a rubber stamp on the popular vote. Your vote does count.

What scares me is the vote was called on exit polls. No precincts reported on the west coast before the election went to Obama.
I see what you're saying, but currently only 11% of Ca's precincts are reporting. So, basically the decision was made for me by the electoral college.

I'm just a person who used to feel differently, it has nothing to do with the candidates, its just I dont feel that I matter, and to me that's really sad. Not that I think I am so important, I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. I just feel so, what's the word..... I dont know, maybe like I said, why bother?
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instant daughter called me a little while ago, excitedly, saying "mom? are you watching?"

this was her first opportunity to vote.

i'm so proud i could burst.
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