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McCain Takes Missouri

A river tug carries on a tour of the Missouri River near the Broadway Bridge in Kansas City, Mo.(Orlin Wagner/Associated Press)

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.

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It would be silly to do a recount in Missouri, when the result makes absolutely no difference to anyone. Barack Obama is our President-elect, whether by 365 or 376 electoral votes.

Obviously it does make a difference who wins the Minnesota Senate race.

I think it was also silly of the Missouri officials not to call the race before now, but I guess it was close enough that they didn't want egg on their faces.

I'm sure there were other states that did not certify their final results for many days past the election, but they weren't so close that they couldn't be "called." Missouri stuck out because it was still grey on everyone's maps.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | November 20, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

sandylong5274 said:
Hey Amnesty John McCain why not ask for a
few more recalls like say Michigan,Ohio,
a couple more close ones as that would sure
delight Cindy McCain and her big lifetime
ambition to be First Lady here,if in fact
John McCain won the Presidency in 2008!

OK then, let's see how many states McCain would need to get to 270 (97 more). Closest states first:
North Carolina - 15 (Obama margin 0.2%)
Nebraska 2nd CD - 1 (0.3%)
Indiana - 11 (1%)
Florida - 27 (2.8%)
Ohio - 20 (3.7%)
Virginia - 13 (6.3%)
Colorado - 9 (8.7%)
Iowa - 7 (9.3%)

That'd bring it to 276-262 McCain.
If all states shifted the same amount in vote %, Obama could have lost the popular vote by 2.4% and still tied the Electoral College 269-269.

Posted by: Browen | November 20, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Missourians just need a little time to get up to speed in the 21st century.

Some of them are still in shock from learning that native son Harry Truman issued Executive Order 9981 in 1948.

Posted by: HughBriss | November 20, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

If Missouri would have mattered in the outcome of the election there would have been caches of extra votes for Obama appearing in various precincts prior to the completion of the first count to narrow the margin in preparation for a recount much like what happened in the Minnesota senate race.

Posted by: danielhancock | November 20, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

It's my understanding of two facts. First is that Missouri used to go with the winner. Second is that Missouri now has a higher proportion of evangelical voters than most other states.

Posted by: tigman_2 | November 19, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

What, does Missouri have 1 little old lady who counts the ballots by hand? America was holding its breath for this big announcement.

Posted by: randysbailin | November 19, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

C'mon people; why is there all this sniping back and forth still?! It's time to move on as one people and put this partisanship behind us. That's why we don't get anything done anymore.

Posted by: dcdude3 | November 19, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy for McCain--he got crushed in the electoral college, but at least he gets to go out a winner.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | November 19, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

HEY! It takes a little longer bringing in the Vote by Horse!

That is, what the Electoral College is all about now isn't it?

LOL! We might want to keep it in place. Soon, we might all be riding Horses again! :-(

Ohhhh, is THAT ever going to Kick Up Greenhouse Gasses!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 19, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Why did it take so long for people in Missouri to count the votes?

Are they aware the election was decided weeks ago? Did they think they were the Ohio or Florida of the 2008 election and that the entire election was dependent on who their electoral votes went for?

Posted by: Southeasterner | November 19, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh God that's so funny as it looks like the
empty suit Messiah Fraud Barack Hussein Obama and his little bleached blonde idiot
bimbo Claire McCaskill sure didn't "Show
Me Very Much In Missouri."..So sorry that
phony loser Claire McCaskill didn't rate
a big Obama Cabinet Job after all her hard
work as a leading Obama Shill.

Hey Amnesty John McCain why not ask for a
few more recalls like say Michigan,Ohio,
a couple more close ones as that would sure
delight Cindy McCain and her big lifetime
ambition to be First Lady here,if in fact
John McCain won the Presidency in 2008!

Posted by: sandylong5274 | November 19, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

A priceless post:

"The states magoo won were all in the lower half of education system rankings"

And then...

"For a state that ranked 22nd in educational systems [Missouri], it is sort of surprising that it went for magoo."

Perhaps teaching of mathematics needs to be improved in your state.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | November 19, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

hclark1 "Down go the DEMOCRUDS"

Note to slow folks. The "Democruds" own the White House, Senate, House, most of the Governor's houses, and most of the state legislatures.

Guess you're just a little slow out there in Republicanland. Guess it's hard for word to get around when they're all missing half their teeth.

Posted by: bflorhodes | November 19, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

McCain takes Mis'ery.

Sad correlation with the education ranking. Big part of why America is in the gutter right now.

Stay in school kids.

Posted by: DonJulio | November 19, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

It appears that Missouri does not have a law requiring a recount if the difference is within 0.5%.

Oh, well, Obama still gets more than twice as many electoral votes as McCain.

Posted by: dotellen | November 19, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Missouri, like a lot of states, is basically two large urban areas sandwiching a fat rural midsection. The voting follows those lines, with a few exceptions (the U. at Columbia, for instance). The urban voters include a lot of black folks; the rural areas are overwhelmingly white. Voting trends in the rural areas are quite a bit like those in Oklahoma.

On the radio the other day I heard that the Secret Service has said publically that Obama gets more threats than other Presidents, even before he takes office.

And I bet those threats aren't coming from Al Qaeda, either.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 19, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Ole' magoo must be SOOOO proud!

Oh well, maybe Missouri will get it right in 2012.

For a state that ranked 22nd in educational systems, it is sort of surprising that it went for magoo.

The states magoo won were all in the lower half of education system rankings:

Arizona - 50 - dead last
Alabama - 45
Alaska - 46
Georgia - 41
Lousiana - 44
Mississippi - 48

And so it goes, dumb states vote for the GOP!

Posted by: Heerman532 | November 19, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

So does this mean that Ralph Nader cost the Democrats Missouri? Given the difference from his impact in 2000, how the mighty are fallen.

Senator Claire McCaskill was such a great Obama supporter that this is a shame, in a way, but still a good showing for him in a traditionally red state.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | November 19, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Down go the DEMOCRUDS

Posted by: hclark1 | November 19, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Get with the program, Missouri!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 19, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I guess Obama showed you, Missouri. Maybe y'all will come around for him in 2012.

Posted by: pwintersmd | November 19, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

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