Live-Blogging the State-by-State Results: Obama Wins
MN: Former Comedian Al Franken's Senate Race Too Close to Call
Democrat Al Franken held on to the narrowest of leads early this morning in his effort to unseat Minnesota's Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, but the election was still too close to call. With 96 percent of precincts reporting, Franken held a razor-thin 1,000 vote lead over Coleman. The race between Franken, the former comedian and talk-show host, and Coleman, a freshman senator, has become one of the nation's hottest contests and resulted in some of the bitterest exchanges during debates and dueling ad wars. The race also featured a strong third-party challenger, Independence Party candidate Dean Barkley, though he was running far behind the others. Coleman had been perceived as one of the Senate's most vulnerable Republicans, hailing from a state that with strong Democratic ties and growing opposite to President Bush and the Iraq war.
--Joby Warrick and Aaron C. Davis
IL: Obama's Illinois Landslide Fails to Lift All Dems
With nearly 94 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday, Obama had captured more than 60 percent of Illinois votes. But his home state landslide did not translate into the slate of down-ballot Democratic victories the party had hoped for.
Democrats netted just one of three closely watched Illinois House races. Democratic state Senate Majority Leader Debbie Halvorson picked up the 11th District seat vacated by retiring GOP Rep. Jerry Weller. Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R), however, won in a rematch with Obama protégé, Dan Seals. And near Peoria, where moderate Republican Rep. Ray LaHood is retiring, 27-year-old state Republican Rep. Aaron Schock easily won over Democrat Colleen Callahan. Still other familiar Democratic candidates, such as Sen. Richard J. Durbin, cruised to re-election.
-- Aaron C. Davis
OR: Democrats Hold Closely-Watched Congressional Seat
Democrats held onto a closely watched congressional seat when state Sen. Kurt Schrader (D) defeated businessman Mike Erickson (R) in a contest to replace retiring Rep. Darlene Hooley (D) in the 5th District, according to The Oregonian. The newspaper said that, with 46 percent of votes counted, Schrader led 59 percent to 36 percent.
CO: Democrat Wins In Hard-Fought House Race
In Colorado's 4th Congressional District, Democrat Betsy Markey defeated Republican incumbent Marilyn Musgrave following a nasty campaign marked by harsh personal attacks. The largely rural and sprawling 4th district hadn't elected a Democrat since 1972, but in the run-up to the vote Musgrave, an outspoken conservative, was seen as vulnerable because of a surge in registered Democrats and a general swing away from the GOP by independents.
CO: Ballot Initiative To Define Beginning Of Life Defeated
Colorado voters rejected a proposed amendment to the state constitution which would have defined a person as "any human being from the moment of fertilization."
Voters told pollsters they thought it would open a Pandora's box of unintended problems, including outlawing some fertility treatments and some forms of contraception. Advocates hoped it would provide a vehicle to challenge the Roe vs. Wade abortion ruling, but voters rejected it as apparently too extreme. Opponents argued the amendment would grant inalienable rights, equality of justice and due process of law to the fertilized egg.
--Marc Kaufmann and Peter Finn
MS: Mississippi Sticks with Tradition
John McCain defeated Barack Obama, 57 percent to 43 percent in a state where election results traditionally come in late. Two Senate Republicans, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, will serve in the Senate for one of the South's most conservative states. Cochran defeated his opponent Erik Fleming, by a sizeable 62 percent to 31 percent margin. Wicker's race was slightly closer, 55 percent to 45 percent.
TX: Republicans Win Two Closely Watched House Races
The suburban Houston 22nd District once occupied by Republican Rep. Tom Delay -- and held for one term by Democrat Nick Lampson -- returned to the GOP fold yesterday with the election of Pete Olson, a former Senate staffer. Olson got 51 percent of the vote to Lampson's 47 percent. In the 7th District, in Houston, incumbent Rep. John Culberson easily beat Democrat Michael Skelly, an energy executive, 55 to 44 percent.
In the 23d District, which runs along most of Texas's border with Mexico and is the eighth largest congressional district in the nation, Democrat Ciro D. Rodriguez held onto the seat he won two years ago.
In the state House of Representatives, where Democrats were five seats from taking control, the party won three seats. One race was still too close to call. If it goes for the Democrats, the chamber will be split 75-75. In the Senate, where Democrats held 11 of 31 seats, the party picked up one. For one of the other seats, yesterday's was a special election with multiple candidates from both parties on the ballot. A runoff will be held later to determine the final winner.
WA: Tight Governors Race May Not Yield Results for Days
Results of a tight rematch for governor between Republican Dino Rossi and Democrat Chris Gregoire may not be known until Thursday, said David Ammons, spokesman for the Secretary of State's office. Their battle is a repeat of the 2004 race, when Gregoire won on a third recount. She endorsed Barack Obama early, Ammons said, and likely was getting a lift for doing so. "Senator Obama really lit a fuse out here, as he did a lot of places," Ammons said.
He said many ballots are still in the mail, as is legal in the state.
Overall, voting was heavy in the state Tuesday. Ammons said elections officials estimate that 83 percent of registered voters cast ballots, the highest figure since World War II.
NY: State Democrats Pick Up Third House Seat
Retired navy veteran Eric Massa's eaked out a 51 percent to 49 percent victory over two-term Rep. John R. "Randy" Kuhl, in a re-do of the contest Massa lost in 2006 by roughly 6,000 votes. The Democrats' gain, however, could still be offset by a loss for incumbent Rep. Michael A. Arcuri, whose race against Republican challenger Richard Hanna remains too close to call.
VT: Republican Gov. Jim Douglas Wins Fourth Term
In a state that generally leans Democratic, Douglas's fiscal austerity and personal charisma helped him fend off a dual challenge from outgoing Democratic House Speaker Gaye Symington and Independent Anthony Pollina.
By capturing 55 percent of the vote, with 80 percent of precincts reporting, Douglas also avoided throwing the race to the Democratic-dominated state legislature under rules that require statewide candidates to get at least 50 percent of the vote to win on election day.
FL: And Finally, Florida
Barack Obama (D) will win Florida, capturing the nation's quintessential tossup state and its 27 electoral votes. Pre-election polls showed Obama and Sen. John McCain (R) in a statistical dead heat in the Sunshine State, but returns now show Obama with a 50 percent to 48 percent lead over McCain, with 98 percent of precincts reporting.
Both candidates had spent considerable time and money in Florida, focusing on the Interstate 4 corridor across the state's midsection -- a tossup-within-a-tossup, set between the state's conservative north and generally blue south. On Monday, McCain visited Tampa, on the state's west side, and Obama hit Jacksonville on the East.
Among the state's House races, two Republicans --Tom Feeney and Ric Keller -- both lost to Democratic challengers, as pundits had predicted. U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney (D), whose candidacy foundered after a sex scandal, lost to lawyer Tom Rooney (R).
The Diaz-Balart brothers, Republican U.S. Representatives from South Florida, were both in tight re-election races. Lincoln Diaz-Balart is facing former Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez (D) and Mario Diaz-Balart is facing Joe Garcia, the former Miami-Dade Democratic chairman.
In the 15th District, state Sen. Bill Posey (R) seems to have a sizable lead over Democratic challenger Steve Blythe, a physician, in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Dave Weldon (R).
AZ: Democrat Kirkpatrick Wins Open House Seat
Ann Kirkpatrick, a former state senator, beat conservative activist Sydney Hay for the 1st District House seat vacated by Rep. Rick Renzi, the Republican who retired. Kirkpatrick took 54 percent of the votes to Hay's 42 percent.
Renzi is facing federal corruption charges for a complicated land-swap in Arizona that allegedly brought him about $700,000 and involved influence he brought to bear as a member of the House Natural Resources Committee.
In the 3d District, Republican Rep. John Shadegg coasted to an easier-than-expected victory over challenger Bob Lord, 54 to 42 percent.
In the 5th District, freshman Democrat Harry E. Mitchell was re-elected handily, with 53 percent of the vote. In the 8th District, Democratic incumbent Gabrielle Giffords retained her seat with an even bigger tally, 56 percent.
N.C.: Rivals Neck and Neck in N.C. Late into Night
The national outcome had already been decided, but presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain dueled on into the night in the battleground state of North Carolina, with Obama, the Democratic Senator from Illinois, clinging to a razor-thin lead of less than one per cent of the vote over the Republican Senator from Arizona.
Just before midnight, with 95 per cent of the vote counted, Obama was ahead by 50.04 per cent of the vote to McCain's 49.36 per cent. The difference was less than 53,000 votes.
Much earlier in the evening, Tar Heel State voters ousted Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole in favor of Democratic challenger Kay Hagan. But as Obama prepared to make his national acceptance speech in Chicago, the race in North Carolina remained far too close to call.
NY: Republican Dashes Democrats' Hope for Third Open House Seat
Republican Chris Lee has won the 26th District seat vacated by retiring five-term Republican Thomas M. Reynolds, defeating attorney and first-time candidate Alice J. Kryzan 55 percent to 40 percent with 95 percent of precincts reporting.
N.M.: Democrats Sweep N.M. House Races
All three of New Mexico's House seats -- two held by Republicans -- were vacated this year as their holders sought to move up to the Senate. In the next Congress, all three will be held by Democrats.
The 1st District, held by retiring Republican Rep. Heather Wilson, was won by former Albuquerque city councilman over local sheriff Darren White, 58 to 42 percent. In the 2d District, a former county commissioner, Harry Teague took 54 percent of the vote to businessman Edward R. Tinsley's 46 percent. In the 3d District, vacated by Tom Udall, who won a Senate Seat, Ben Ray Lujan, the son of the longtime New Mexico state House speaker, beat Republican challenger Daniel K. East, who polled 42 percent.
CO: Obama Captures Colorado
Sen. Barack Obama won the battleground state of Colorado and nine prized electoral votes.
To capitalize on the changing demographics of the West and the increasing popularity of Democrats in down-ticket races, the Obama campaign flooded the state with money and activists. Colorado had only voted once in the last three decades for a Democrat for president, when Bill Clinton took the state in 1992. Clinton benefited, however, from the independent candidacy of Ross Perot, who ate into the vote of George H.W. Bush.
But in recent statewide races, Democrats have captured the governorship and control of both houses of the state legislature, a trend that the Obama camp intended to exploit. The senator from Illinois signaled his intention to seriously contest the state when the Democratic Party held its convention in Denver. And Obama, who drew huge crowds in Colorado, had more than 50 offices in the state compared to about a dozen for Sen. John McCain.
MO: Dems Capture Missouri Governorship
Missouri Democrats regained control of the governor's mansion tonight, claiming the post currently held by retiring one-term Gov. Matt Blunt. Democrat Jay Nixon, the state's attorney general, defeated challenger Rep. Kenny Hulshof by more than 20 percentage points, according to exit polls, winning in nearly every category except among white evangelical Christians. Hulshof, who was not widely known outside his Congressional district prior to the race, conceded defeat at 9:40 p.m. local time.
NE: Hagel Successor Chosen
In Nebraska, former governor and former Agriculture Secretary Michael Johanns (R) handily and expectedly won the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Chuck Hagel (R). Democrat Scott Kleeb trailed badly throughout this race.
--Carol D. Leonnig
NV: Obama Wins Nevada, Too
Buoyed by 100,000 new registered Democratic voters, Sen. Barack Obama won Nevada, a state that went to George W. Bush in the last two presidential elections.
Both candidates campaigned hard in the battleground state, but Obama benefited from anxiety among voters concerned by the sharp downturn in the economy, which has hit Nevada hard. Nevada has had the highest foreclosure rate in the nation for 20 months and Las Vegas has the highest rate of any American city, according to RealtyTrac, which publishes a national database of foreclosed and bank-owned properties. According to
RealtyTrac, one in 91 Nevada homes were in foreclosure in August.
The win comes on the heels of news that Obama's Nevada campaign director died Sunday night of a heart attack. Terence Tolbert was 44. In a statement from the campaign this morning, Obama said he was "shocked and saddened" to learn of the death.
"Terence was a strong force in this campaign, with a positive outlook that brought people together," said Obama in a statement. "He was much loved by his team, who often repeated his motto of 'leave no stone unturned.' His enthusiasm, talent, and warm heart. will truly be missed. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Obama-Biden family are with his wife and loved ones."
--Peter Finn and Marc Kaufman
NE: McCain Easily Takes Nebraska, as Expected
McCain easily bested Obama in the popular vote in this solidly Republican state. But Nebraska is one of two states to allocate its electoral votes by congressional district, so it was still unclear if the winner , McCain, will take all five votes or have to split some with Obama. The Obama campaign's voter-registration and get-out-the-vote drives in the 2nd congressional district, centered around Omaha, made this part of Nebraska a battleground. And in that district, the race between incumbent Republican Rep. Lee Terry and Democrat Jim Esch had not yet been called by 11:30 pm tonight.
Voter turnout was unusually heavy in Nebraska, and projected at 72 to 75 percent of registered voters.
--Carol D. Leonnig
OR: Obama Rolls to Win
In Oregon, Sen. Barack Obama captured seven electoral votes, as expected, with heavy voter turnout.
ID: Republican Takes U.S. Senate Seat Vacated by Larry E. Craig
Jim Risch, Idaho's Republican Lt. Gov., defeated Democrat Larry LaRocco to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Larry E. Craig. Craig didn't seek re-election following his arrest in 2007 in a sex sting operation at the Minneapolis airport. Craig entered a guilty plea to a disturbing the peace misdemeanor.
SD: McCain Wins South Dakota
McCain coasted to an easy and expected win in South Dakota late tonight, just minutes after major news organization declared Obama had won the big kahuna -- the presidential election. South Dakota was a state that was considered solid Republican territory throughout the campaign. Voter turnout here was projected to approach 75 percent of registered voters.
On key ballot issues, South Dakota voters rejected the idea of getting rid of term limits for key state representative, early returns showed. By a margin of 54 to 45 percent with two-thirds of precincts reporting, voters appeared to reject South Dakota's controversial Measure 11, a proposed ban on all abortions except in the case of incest, rape, and serious threat to the health of the mother. It was the second time such a measure had failed in the state.
--Carol D. Leonnig
HI: Obama Wins His Birthplace
Sen. Barack Obama rolled to victory in his home-state of Hawaii, as predicted, though it wasn't immediately clear if he had reached the 40-point spread the state Democratic Party was gunning for. Chuck Freedman, executive director of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, credited Obama's overall appeal and intense, two years of on the ground work.
Turnout also was "brisk" early in the day, Freedman said. By mid-day, party and elections officials reported warm weather and no rain.
"It must be about 85," Freedman said. "We don't believe in bad weather in Hawaii."
NM: Obama Takes New Mexico
Barack Obama beat John McCain for New Mexico's five electoral votes, 58 to 41 percent. Bush won the state four years ago, but Obama's steady gains this year made this win unsurprising, although the margin was more lopsided than many observers expected.
CO: Democrats Take U.S. Senate Seat In Colorado
Colorado's complexion is looking distinctly blue as the Rocky Mountain state chose a Democrat in a closely-watched U.S. Senate race. Rep. Mark Udall, a Democrat representing the Denver suburbs and nearby ski communities, defeated former Republican congressman Bob Schaffer in the race to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Wayne Allard.
The Republican senatorial committee appeared to give up on the race a week before the vote when it pulled its ads to direct funds to more competitive races. Udall, 58, is a first cousin of the Tom Udall, the Democrat who won the U.S. Senate seat in neighboring New Mexico. Colorado is now represented by two Democrats in the U.S. Senate, has a Democratic governor and Democrats controls both houses of the state legislature.
WA: Obama Rolls to Victory
Sen. Barack Obama, as expected, picked up 11 electoral votes in Washington state.
NY: Democrats Pick Up Two House Seats
As expected, Democrat Mike McMahon easily snapped up the seat vacated by Republican Rep. Vito J. Foss, who was found guilty of driving under the influence earlier this year. Democrat Dan Maffei also proved victorious in his quest for the seat left open by retiring 10-term incumbent James T. Walsh, albeit by a somewhat smaller margin. And the Democrats held onto retiring Rep. Michael R. McNulty's seat, which former assemblyman Paul Tonko won handily.
Still in play, however, is the tough rematch between incumbent Republican Rep. John R. "Randy" Kuhl Jr. and Democrat Eric Massa, as well as the contest for the open seat left by retiring Republican Thomas M. Reynolds.
ID: McCain Wins Idaho
Sen. John McCain won Idaho and the solidly Republican state's four electoral votes, according to a Washington Post projection based on exit poll data.
NM: Udall Wins Senate Seat
Tom Udall, Democratic congressman and a member of a quasi-dynasty of Western environmentalist politicians, claimed the Senate seat vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Pete V. Domenici. He beat Rep. Steve Pearce, a Republican who, like Udall, gave up his House seat to run for the Senate.
With half the precincts reporting, Udall was leading Pearce 62 to 38 percent.
Udall is son of Stewart Udall, secretary of the interior under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and nephew of Morris Udall, who served in Congress for three decades. His cousin is Mark Udall, a Colorado Democrat who won a Senate seat for Colorado today as well.
Domenici retired from the Senate, where he had served 36 years, after being diagnosed with a rare form of dementia.
Chicago Goes Wild
People shouting, screaming exultantly on South Michigan Avenue, after states are called, putting Obama over the top.
"He won! He won'"
"Oh my god!"
"Did he win? He won!"
TX: Texas Goes for McCain
Texas's huge prize of 34 electoral votes went to Republican John McCain, who captured 54 percent to Barack Obama's 45 percent. The prediction early in the day by Hans Klingler, the Republican Party's director of political operations, that "Texas will stay blazingly red this evening" proved true, despite great enthusiasm for Obama in many quarters.
Republican Sen. John Cornyn appeared headed to easy re-election over Rick Noriega, a state senator, with the mid-evening tally showing the Cornyn ahead 54 to 44 percent.
NE: Republican Johanns Wins Hagel's Senate Seat
In Nebraska, former governor and former Agriculture Secretary Michael Johanns (R) handily andn expectedly won the Senate seat to succeed retiring Chuck Hagel (R), the Associated Press projected. Hagel, a onetime McCain ally who has declined to endorse his fellow Republican. Democrat Scott Kleeb trailed badly throughout this race.
--Carol D. Leonnig
IN: Indiana Democrats Retain '06 House Seats
Democrats retained three House seats picked up when the party gained control of Congress two years ago, including that of Rep. Baron P. Hill (D) who won over former congressman Mike Sodrel (R). Previously, the two had traded victories in three straight races.
All nine of Indiana's congressional incumbents, in fact, retained their seats.
--Aaron C. Davis
CT: New England's Last Remaining Republican Congressman Loses House Seat
Despite his longstanding reputation as a moderate willing to buck his party on issues ranging from abortion rights to raising the minimum wage , Rep. Christopher Shays could not withstand a challenge from Democrat investment banker Jim Himes. The former Goldman Sachs banker accused Shays of failing to regulate the mortage industry as a member of the House Financial Services Committee. Himes also benefited from widespread support for Obama among voters who disapprove of President George W. Bush by more than 80 percent. Shays's defeat all but ends the era of the so-called Rockefeller Republicans--fiscally conservative yet socially liberal Northeast politicians who once dominated the leadership of their party.
WV: McCain Wins in West Virginia
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain has won in West Virginia. With about 53 per cent of precincts counted at 10 p.m., McCain had won 54.47 per cent of the vote, defeating Democratic Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) with 43.78 per cent.
Mountain State voters split their tickets across the state, easily re-electing both Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin and Democratic Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV. Both men are popular and familiar figures in a state with otherwise conservative leanings. West Virginia has 5 electoral votes.
Manchin, 61, beat back two challengers, former Republican legislator Russ Weeks and Mountain Party nominee Jesse Johnson. The governor's campaign stressed his efforts to reverse the state's economic problems at a time of national economic turmoil.
Rockefeller, 71, the great-grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller and a maverick Democrat in a family of prominent Republicans, won his 5th term in the Senate over Republican challenger Jay Wolfe. He has represented the state since 1985.
LA: McCain Coasts to Louisiana Victory
Louisiana voters handed John McCain an easy victory, adding another lower southern state to the Republican's winners column. McCain defeated Barack Obama by a wide margin, 61 percent to 38 percent, taking the state's nine electoral votes. Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, the first woman elected to a full Senate term in Louisiana, retained her seat in a close race against Republican John Kennedy.
IA: Hawkeye State Delivers for Obama
Obama notched his first big primary win in Iowa, and the Hawkeye state backed the Democrat again with a comfortable win over McCain, according to a Washington Post projection.
President Bush had carried Iowa in 2004, but Obama benefited from a strong organization and nearly two years of campaigning in the state. By contrast, McCain spent little time in Iowa during the Republican caucuses, focusing instead on the New Hampshire primary.
Turnout was reported at near-record levels throughout the state on a day of unseasonably warm temperatures.
MT: Democratic Governor Wins Second Term
Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer won a second term in Montana's gubernatorial race, according to an Associated Press projections base on exit poll data. Schweitzer, who has re-energized the Democratic Party in Montana, defeated Republican challengers Roy Brown.
Brown, a state senator from Billings, attacked Schweitzer on taxes, spending and energy policy, but the incumbent's high approval ratings proved insurmountable for his rival. Schweitzer became Montana's first Democratic governor in 16 years when he was elected to a first term
UT: McCain Wins Utah
Sen. John McCain won the state of Utah and its five electoral votes, according to a Washington Post projection based on exit poll data. The result in the solidly Republican state was never in doubt.
WI: Obama Snags Wisconsin's 10 Electoral Votes
Obama scooped up Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes to continue his romp through the upper Midwest. according to a Washington Post projection. McCain had seriously contested the Badger State but pulled his TV ads in mid-October after polls showed his rival building an insurmountable lead. Voter turnout was reported at, or above, record levels as millions casts their votes under sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures.
SD: Herseth-Sandlin Wins Another Term in House
Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D) has won another term in the House, beating Republican Chris Lien.
--Carol D. Leonnig
AL: McCain Wins Alabama
Sen. John McCain (R) has won the state of Alabama, as expected, according to a Washington Post projection.
U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R), who has represented the state in the Senate since 1997, also won, according to an Associated Press projection. Sessions had been expected to defeat his Democratic opponent, state Sen. Vivian D. Figures.
KS: Kansas Goes for McCain
McCain took this state and its six electoral votes. Despite Obama's roots in the Jayhawk State -- his mother was born there -- McCain has always led in polls here.
The toughest battle has been in the 2nd District, where Rep. Nancy Boyda (D) is trying to win re-election to a second term after her surprising win in the 2006 wave election for Democrats. Boyda had been one of the GOP's top targets, with State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins (R) considered a top-tier challenger. But Boyda more recently was a slight favorite to win.
Turnout was projected to have broken records and surpassed 78 percent of registered voters.
--Carol D. Leonnig
OH: Obama Wins Ohio
The battle for Ohio - one of the biggest remaining swing states - is over: The Buckeyes have gone for Obama.
Backed by a surge of support from first-time voters and deepening fears of economic recession, Democrats wrested control of Ohio's 20 electoral votes that allowed President George W. Bush to eke out a victory in 2004.
No Republican has ever won the White House without Ohio, and the victory for Obama significantly narrows John McCain's potential path to victory.
--Aaron C. Davis
NH: Democratic Gov. John Lynch Sails to Third Term
Exit polling and early results indicate the popular governor has defeated Republican state Sen. Joe Kenney by a landslide, confirming the Granite State's metamorphosis from reliably-Republican to bastion of blue.
DE: Markell Wins Governorship
Democratic State Treasurer Jack Markell has won the governor's seat in Delaware, triumphing over Republican Bill Lee, a retired judge. Markell replaces Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, who is retiring, and could replace Sen. Joe Biden if he becomes vice president.
GA: John McCain Takes Rural Counties, Cruises
John McCain started strong in rural Georgia counties, wracking up votes on his way to an easy win. Republican Sen. Saxy Chambliss will hold on to his seat in spite of early predictions that the race might come down to a runoff, and veteran civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis is once again projected to win his Atlanta district.
MN: Obama Wins Minnesota
Obama glided to an easy win in Minnesota and picked up the state's 10 electoral votes. The North Star state had tilted heavily toward the Illinois senator and voted for Democrats in the last two presidential elections, but Republicans had hoped to reverse the trend, starting with the party's decision to hold its convention in the state. McCain accepted the presidential nomination in Minneapolis.
Voter turnout was reported heavy throughout the state and was expected to easily surpass 2004's total to set a new record. State election officials said the percentage of registered voters casting ballots would likely surpass 80 percent.
Obama Wins in Pennsylvania
Democratic Sen. Barack Obama has won Pennsylvania's 21 electoral votes for the presidency, defeating Republican Sen. John McCain in a key battleground state where both men campaigned vigorously.
Officially, only a fraction of the state's 9,284 voting precinct results had been counted by the time the race was called, but those results showed Obama trouncing McCain. Obama's running mate, Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, is a native of Scranton, Pa.
SD: Tim Johnson Re-elected
Sen. Tim Johnson (D), who missed most of 2007 while recuperating from a brain aneurysm, was re-elected to the Senate tonight. He beat Joel Dykstra (R), a little-known state representative. Johnson skipped most of the debates because he said his slowed speech would not reflect his intellect. He was once considered a top Republican target for defeat, but every GOP heavyweight passed on the race.
--Carol D. Leonnig
ND: McCain Wins North Dakota
In keeping with the state's long history of supporting Republicans, McCain won North Dakota and its three electoral votes. It was the first time in four decades that North Dakota had been considered a possible swing state.
McCain survived local farmers' and business leaders' anger about his criticism of ethanol subsidies -- a huge issue in this corn-growing state. Obama appears to have been hurt by his decision to fold his operation in the state early, when the first post-convention polls showed McCain with a comfortable lead.
North Dakota Republican John Hoeven (R), the nation's longest-serving current governor, handily won a third term in the governor's mansion over Democratic challenger, state Sen. Tim Mathern.
--Carol D. Leonnig
MI: Obama wins State That McCain Abandoned
Barack Obama has claimed Michigan's 17 electoral votes a month after John McCain essentially conceded the state by pulling his campaign out of it. It remains to be seen if McCain's concession dooms his party's down-ballot candidates, including two Republican house incumbents.
--Aaron C. Davis
WY: McCain Wins Wyoming
Solidly Republican and never in doubt, Wyoming voted for John McCain. The win carries three electoral votes for McCain.
N.C.:Democrat Wins Senate Seat
Democratic challenger Kay Hagan has defeated Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole in North Carolina. At 9 p.m. with more than 500 voting precincts counted, Hagan was leading Dole by more than 54 to 43 percent of the vote.
Dole, the wife of former senator Robert Dole of Kansas, was relentlessly attacked in TV ads by the Democratic Party in North Carolina. She fought back late in the race, but apparently not enough to win.
Hagan, a lawyer, is a five-term state senator.
North Carolina, with 15 electoral votes, is a key battleground state in the presidential race. That contest is still far too close to call.
RI: Obama Wins, Reed Re-elected
Obama won the country's smallest and most Catholic state, taking another three electoral votes and completing his sweep of New England. Democratic Sen. Jack Reed, the state's most popular politician, was easily re-elected.
NY: Empire State for Obama, GOP Seats at Risk
Obama claimed 31 electoral votes in New York, the home state of his former rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D).
Democrats looked to seize as many as four Republican-held House seats, including the 13th District seat being vacated by Vito J. Fossella (R), who was found guilty this year of driving under the influence, and the 25th District, where Rep. James T. Walsh is retiring. Democrats Mike McMahon and Dan Maffel, respectively, were heavily favored.
OK: Easy Win for McCain
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) easily won Oklahoma and its seven electoral votes today. Republican victory was never in doubt; this is the 11th presidential election in which Oklahomans backed the GOP candidate. Neither McCain nor his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, campaigned in the state after their nominating conventions.
Early returns show McCain capturing 63 percent of ballots to Barack Obama's 36 percent. Democratic party officials were hoping Obama would break the 40 percent barrier. In 2004, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) tallied only 35 percent of votes. Oklahoma and Utah were expected to have the most lopsided support for McCain among all the states.
Hillary Clinton was far more popular than Obama during the Democratic primary race in Oklahoma, although many young voters, including 25,000 registered by party workers in the last few months, were enthusiastic supporters of the Illinois senator.
Four years ago 1.46 million Sooners voted in the presidential election. Officials expect at least that many this time when the count is finished.
DE: Castle Re-elected to House
Republican Michael Castle has been re-elected to a ninth term as Delaware's lone representative in the House.
The former two-term governor, the longest-serving representative in Delaware history, fended off allegations from Democrat Karen Hartley-Nagle that as a member of the House Financial Services committee he bore responsibility for the financial meltdown.
ME: Obama Sweeps All Four Electoral Votes
Exit polling indicates that Barack Obama has won the Democrat-leaning state handily --denying John McCain an electoral vote he had hoped to win from Maine's more conservative second district. In contrast to other states, Maine only awards two of its electoral votes to the candidate who wins statewide. The other two votes are awarded individually based on the results of each of the state's congressional districts.
NH: Republican Sen. John E. Sununu Loses Bitter Rematch
Former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen's win was eagerly anticipated by national Democrats, who made the seat a top target in their bid for a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and pumped money into ads painting Sununu as a clone of President George W. Bush.
Sununu, a fiscal conservative whose father is former New Hampshire governor and George H.W. Bush chief of staff John Sununu, had built a reputation as a capable, if not particularly electrifying, lawmaker and was considered a rising star in the GOP. But he faced long odds due to an influx of young professionals and moderate-leaning retirees who shifted this once-reliably red state towards Democrats. John Kerry won the Granite State in 2004, and in 2006 Democrats swept both congressional seats, the governor's office, and the state legislature.
--N. C. Aizenman
IL: Obama Takes Home State
Thousands of Obama supporters already gathered at a rally in downtown Chicago erupted shortly after 8 p.m. when major news organizations called the state for the Illinois senator, as expected.
Chicago police say they are bracing for as many as a million people to converge on the downtown rally as late-night returns roll in.
Democrats and Republicans in the state will continue watching to see if Obama's win is big enough to sweep two additional Illinois Democrats into the House of Representatives.
--Aaron C. Davis
NH: Barack Obama Captures Battleground State
According to exit polling, Barack Obama has won all age, gender, and racial groups in New Hampshire -- narrowly beating John McCain even among white men, who McCain is expected to win nationally.
McCain was hoping for a replay of the primaries, when the Granite State's famously independent-minded voters dealt Obama an unexpected blow by backing Hillary Clinton and granted McCain the victory that resurrected his moribund campaign.
But McCain's repeated visits failed to erode Obama's commanding lead amid widespread economic concerns, doubts about McCain's pick of running mate Sarah Palin, and the anti-Bush sentiment that has swept New Hampshire since the 2004 elections, when it was the only state to reject the president after voting for him 2000.
McCain's defeat deprives him of four electoral votes that could have offset potential losses in former GOP strongholds that are leaning toward Obama.
VA: Four Republicans Win Their House Races
Republicans Rob Whittman, Randy Forbes, Bob Goodlatte and Eric Cantor, and Democrats Rick Boucher and Bobby Scott, have won their House races in Virginia.
NJ & DE: Obama Victory
Sen. Barack Obama has won New Jersey's 15 electoral votes, and picked up three more electoral votes in Delaware, the home state of his running mate, Sen. Joe Biden.
MA: Bay State Blues -- Obama, Kerry Coast
The quintessential Democratic stronghold delivered its 12 electoral votes for Obama and easily re-elected Sen. John F. Kerry (D), according to initial results and exit poll surveys. All 10 Democratic House members were headed for reelection, including Rep. Barney Frank (D), chairman of the powerful House financial services committee.
W.V.:Democrats Re-Elected in West Virginia
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III and Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, both Democrats, won re-election today in the Mountain State, according to an analysis of voter interviews conducted for the Associated Press. Official results are not yet available.
Manchin, 61, beat back two challengers, former Republican legislator Russ Weeks and Mountain Party nominee Jesse Johnson. The governor's campaign stressed his efforts to reverse the state's economic problems at a time of mounting national economic turmoil.
Rockefeller, 71, the great-grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller and a maverick Democrat in a family of prominent Republicans, won his 5th term in the Senate over Republican challenger Jay Wolfe. He has represented the state since 1985.
ME: Susan Collins Holds onto Senate Seat
Maine's popular centrist Sen. Susan Collins (R) beat back a challenge from Democratic Rep. Tom Allen, a sixth-term congressman. Collins has gained national stature during her two terms in the Senate as first chair and is now ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Although Maine leans heavily Democratic in presidential races, both Collins and fellow Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe enjoy broad support.
SC: McCain, Graham Win in South Carolina
Sen. John McCain (R) has won South Carolina. The Republican had been heavily favored in this conservative state, which has not voted for a Democrat since Jimmy Carter in 1976. U.S. Senator Lindsey O. Graham (R), a close friend of McCain's, will win reelection, as well. Graham, who was elected to the Senate in 2002, faced a little-known Democratic challenger, Bob Conley.
CT: Obama Wins Handily, Rep. Shays in Fight
Barack Obama claimed Connecticut's 7 electoral votes, based on exit polling and early results, holding onto a state where Democrats claim a 3-to-1 edge in party registration and have won five straight presidential contests. A projected turnout of more than 90 percent threatened the last Republican House member from New England, Rep. Christopher Shays (R), who was facing a challenge from Jim Himes (D).
VT: Obama Wins on Day of Balmy Weather and High Turnout
Barack Obama has captured Vermont's three electoral votes according to exit polls. Amid sunny skies and temperatures reaching near 60 degrees, voters flocked to the polls in numbers not seen in years. Although turnout figures will not be available for several days, Secretary of State Deborah L. Markowitz predicted it would top 70 percent -- breaking the 69 percent record set in 1992. In some communities as much as 60 percent of voters cast their ballots in advance.
Obama was heavily favored to win the dark blue state and neither he nor John McCain had spent much time campaigning there.
KY: Kentucky Goes to McCain
As expected, Sen. John McCain easily carried the state of Kentucky, according to a projection by The Washington Post, based on exit polls. The politically conservative state was such a Republican stronghold that neither candidate focused their campaigns there, according to the Louisville Courier Journal. McCain was projected to win 57 percent of the vote to Obama's 42, with about 325,000 votes cast.
IN: AP: Republican Gov. Wins Second Term
Indiana's Republican Gov. Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. has won a second term, defeating former Democratic congresswoman Jill Long Thompson, according to the AP.
The Republican incumbent's victory comes despite controversies that had sunk Daniels' approval rating in his first two years in office. The former Bush budget director supported leasing the Indiana Toll Road to a private company and observing daylight savings time statewide. Aided by a campaign that far outspent Long Thompson's, Daniels' approval rating rebounded this year and his challenger was unable to capitalize on support for Obama that tightened the presidential race in Indiana.
--Aaron C. Davis
VA: Warner Wins Early in Virginia
Former Democratic Gov. Mark Warner easily defeated another former governor, Republican James Gilmore, for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. John Warner after nearly three decades.
Even before the Virginia polls closed at 7 p.m., the Associated Press declared Mark Warner the winner, receiving 52.38 per cent of the vote over 38.17 per cent for Gilmore. Retired Air Force officer Gail Parker received 8.97 per cent.
The wide margin of victory by Warner, 53, continued a recent trend in which key elected posts in Virginia, a state with strong Republican roots, have been switching to the Democrats. Warner will join Sen. James Webb, a fellow Democrat, who defeated incumbent Republican George Allen in an upset election in 2006.
There are also four Congressional seats at stake in Virginia today. In the 11th District, Democrat Gerry Connolly, the chairman of the Fairfax County board of supervisers, was expected to defeat Republican Kieth Fimian, but longtime Republican Rep. Frank Wolf was expected to beat Democratic challenger Judith Feder in the 10th District.
Despite Warner's easy win, the presidential race in Virginia remained extremely close as the polls closed. Both Democratic Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) have campaigned intensively in the state.
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