Tally shows Obama with 175-76 electoral lead

November 5th, 2008 - 10:05 am ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaWashington, Nov 5 (DPA) Democrat Barack Obama was holding a 175 to 76 lead over Republican John McCain in the electoral college, bringing him to within less than 100 votes to capture the White House, according to projections by major US news networks.The complex electoral college system awards each of the 50 states’ and the District of Columbia’s electoral votes to the candidate who prevails in the state’s popular vote. A candidate needs 270 votes to clinch the White House.

At least two television networks have projected the winner in the following states:

Obama: Votes

Vermont 3
Illinois 21
Maine 4
Connecticut 7
New Jersey 15
Delaware 3
Maryland 10
Washington DC 3
Pennsylvania 21
New Hampshire 4
Massachusetts 12
Rhode Island 4
Michigan 17
Wisconsin 10
Minnesota 10
New York 31
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TOTAL: 175

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McCain:

Kentucky 8
South Carolina 8
Tennessee 11
Oklahoma 7
Alabama 9
Georgia 15
Wyoming 3
North Dakota 3
Arkansas 6
Kansas 6
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TOTAL 76

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