McCain Takes Missouri
By Garance Franke-Ruta
Sen. John McCain has returned to Senate business and President-elect Barack Obama selected his first Cabinet appointee, but it took until today for the election of 2008 to come to a final official close. The results from Missouri are in.
McCain has won Missouri's 11 outstanding electoral votes, taking victory in the state by a fraction of a percent, for a final total of 173 electoral college votes to Obama's 365. McCain won with 1,445,812 votes (49.4 percent) to Obama's 1,442,180 (49.3 percent) -- a 3,632 vote difference.
All told, third party candidates in the state won 1.3 percent of the vote, according to records posted by the Secretary of State's office. The independent ticket of Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez led among third party voters, with .6 percent.
"At this point, every vote has been counted," said Laura Egerdal, communications director for the Office of the Secretary of State of Missouri. "All the provisional ballots have been counted."
The state is required to certify the results as official by Dec. 9.
This is the first time since 1956 Missouri has not voted for the winning candidate in a presidential election.
Posted at 4:35 PM ET on Nov 19, 2008
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