Fri 21 Nov, 2008
Tags: Barack Obama, John McCain, Presidential election
At last, after more than two weeks, we have the final results of the presidential election:
I don’t mind saying that I correctly predicted 49 out of 50 states.
While we’ve known the general contours of Obama’s victory since election night, and the all-but-final tally since last week, the state of Missouri had remained too close to call. It’s now clear that McCain has won Missouri, by a margin of less than 0.2%. This ends the Show Me State’s 48-year run as a presidential bellwether. (Missouri has voted against the presidential winner in only two elections since 1900, so it still lays claim to being a fairly reliable predictor.)
Note that there is a spot of blue on the map in eastern Nebraska. Nebraska’s second congressional district, representing Omaha, voted for Obama. This is the first time that electoral votes have actually been split by either Nebraska or Maine, the two states which do not have a state-wide, winner-take-all system for awarding their electors.