More than two weeks after Election Day, the Associated Press today declared John McCain the winner in Missouri, a hotly contested Republican-leaning state where McCain and President-elect Barack Obama both campaigned hard.
McCain leads Obama by 3,632 votes with all jurisdictions reporting, according to unofficial results, a difference of .12 percentage points out of more than 2.9 million votes cast, the AP reports.
The AP notes that McCain's victory breaks the state's 52-year streak of picking winning presidential candidates. Missouri is, though, developing something of a reputation for extremely tight races. Senator Claire McCaskill eked out a victory in the wee hours in the 2006 mid-terms, and Obama beat Hillary Clinton there in the primary after some networks initially called the state for her.
McCain's win in the Show-Me State leaves Obama with 365 Electoral College votes, and McCain with 173.
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