Sen. John McCain scored a narrow victory over President-elect Obama in Missouri, putting the state's status as a presidential bellwether in jeopardy.
Fifteen days after the presidential contest was decided in favor of Obama, McCain, R-Ariz., was declared the winner in Missouri, The Associated Press reported.
It's the first time since 1956 and only the second time since 1904 that Missouri has chosen the losing presidential candidate. Ohio, another Midwestern state, may now be seen as a better presidential indicator because it voted for Obama and last chose a losing candidate in 1960.
Dennis Hickey, a Missouri State University political science professor, said the state will continue to be considered a bellwether because “it is a perfect microcosm of the United States.”
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Missouri has swaths of rural and agricultural areas and also has large urban populations and manufacturing centers, Hickey said.
McCain's Missouri victory brought his electoral-vote total to 173, compared with 365 for Obama; 270 electoral votes are needed to win the presidency.