2008 blue state-red state map finalized

UPDATES North Carolina; map shows states that switched from ...

Associated Press graphic (Nov. 6, 2008)

Less red now than in 2004, but still too much red…

So the 2008 presidential election results for the final state, Missouri, were called today. (Missouri is shown in gray in the graphic above because at that time its results were still up in the air.) Unsurprisingly, Repugnican John McInsane won Missouri, but only by a hair.

The Associated Press reports that

McCain’s narrow victory over Obama breaks a bellwether streak in which Missourians had picked the winning presidential candidate in every election since 1956.

With all jurisdictions reporting complete but unofficial results, McCain led Obama by 3,632 votes Wednesday out of more than 2.9 million cast — a margin of 0.12 percentage points….

Obama won 365 electoral votes. Missouri’s 11 electoral votes will give McCain 173.

I never get tired of posting the map of the slave-vs.-free states during the Civil War era for comparison to the blue state-red state maps of today:

pbs.org graphic

Yup. So much time, so little change.

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