November 4, 2008
(CBS/ AP) With nearly all polls closed across the country, the Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama will become the 44th president of the United States.
Obama's victory, an historic moment in American history, comes on the strength of projected victories in battleground states that went to President George W. Bush four years ago - among them Ohio, New Mexico and Iowa - as well as a win in Pennsylvania, a state that John McCain had hoped to turn blue to buoy his bid for an upset victory.
As the results came in Tuesday evening, a senior aide told CBS News the McCain camp was hoping for a "miracle," but the Arizona senator was not able to defy expectations in one of the worst election years for Republicans in decades.
In addition to the above states, CBS News estimates that Obama will win California, New York, Washington, Michigan, Oregon, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Vermont, Illinois, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, Hawaii, Connecticut, Maine, Delaware, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia.
McCain will take Texas, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, Utah, West Virginia, South Dakota, Arkansas, Alabama, Idaho, Tennessee, Kansas, North Dakota, Wyoming and Oklahoma, the network projects. (For a primer on how CBS News projects elections, click here.)
Obama is now estimated to take at least 283 electoral votes, while McCain has 145. 270 electoral votes are needed to take the White House.