Just a few minutes ago some new states closed, and started counting votes.
John McCain carried Kentucky, and Barack Obama countered with a Vermont victory as he bid to become the first black president Tuesday night, first spoils in the race for the White House. Democrats gained a Senate seat, the first of several they had in their sights in a country at war and anything but prosperous. Interviews with voters suggested that almost six in 10 women were backing Obama, and men leaned his way by a narrow margin. Just over half of whites supported McCain, giving him a slim advantage in a group that President Bush carried overwhelmingly in 2004. The results of The Associated Press survey were based on a preliminary partial sample of nearly 10,000 voters in Election Day polls and in telephone interviews over the past week for early voters. The same survey showed the economy was by far the top Election Day issue. Six in 10 voters said so, and none of the other top issues — energy, Iraq, terrorism and health care — was picked by more than one in 10. The AP made its calls of individual states based on surveys of voters as they left the polls. The early nationwide popular vote was close. Obama had 51%, McCain 48 with 1% counted. In the Electoral College, where it mattered, Kentucky gave McCain eight votes. Vermont was good for three for the Democrat. Obama's hopes rested on securing the states that John Kerry won in 2004, and picking off other battlegrounds where he waged a costly effort. Indiana, which last voted Democratic 40 years ago, was one of those, and with votes counted in 20% of the precincts, McCain was up 52 to 46%.
Among the states reporting results are Florida, a crucial battleground, and Indiana, which no Democrat has managed to win since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. If Obama wins either of those states, it could signal a dramatic shift in American politics. In the first projected wins, Obama picked up Vermont and McCain was on his way to securing Kentucky and South Carolina. Both of those results were widely expected. To win the presidency, a candidate must get 270 votes from the Electoral College, which are awarded for winning the popular vote in a state. A candidate could potentially win the popular vote nationwide, but not win enough votes from the Electoral College, like Al Gore did in 2000.
Obama, McCain each pick up wins
CNN projects that Sen. Barack Obama will win Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Washington. Sen. John McCain will win Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee, CNN projects.
CNN earlier projected that Obama will win Vermont and McCain will win Kentucky. Obama and McCain are running a tight race in Indiana as results are tallied in the battleground state. With about 30% of precincts reporting, McCain held a slim lead in the state. Polls also closed in Georgia, Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia, but CNN is not yet projecting a winner in those states. In addition to the presidential contest, voters were making choices in a number of key House and Senate races that could determine whether the Democrats strengthen their hold on Congress. Former Gov. Mark Warner, a Democrat, will win a Senate seat in Virginia, CNN projects. He will replace retiring Republican Sen. John Warner. McCain and Obama were both expected to be watching the results come in from their home states. McCain said Tuesday night that he was „looking forward to the election results. We had a great ride. We had a great experience. It's full of memories that we will always treasure,” he said aboard his election plane. (yahoo.news, ctv, CNN)