The first meaningful result of the evening is in.

Pennsylvania has gone for Obama. This was expected, but the state has been called early by at least two networks, right after the polls closed there at 8:00pm.

As a result, McCain’s chances of pulling off an upset victory have narrowed considerably. McCain would need to pull away 21 electoral votes from Obama for a tie, in addition to winning all of the remaining toss-up states.

Unless McCain can pull off an upset in Virginia, he would have to pull off an unlikely combination of relatively small wins to achieve this. ABC has also called New Hampshire for Obama, which would otherwise have loomed fairly large for the McCain campaign at this point. Other states Without Virginia, McCain would need to win Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico, and would still need several electoral votes from states that would represent truly surprising upsets.

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