Obama Wins Pennsylvania

MSNBC is projecting that Barack Obama has won Pennsylvania and its 21 Electoral votes. If this holds — and I expect it to, given the preelection polling margins — it’ll be an early night. There’s essentially no way John McCain wins the White House without pulling out a win in the Keystone State.

Again, if this holds, Obama is going to be the next president of the United States.

From MSNBC online:

Democratic Sen. Barack Obama opened a big lead in the Electoral College in the presidential election Tuesday night as NBC News projected that he had won Pennsylvania, which both parties had targeted as critical to winning the race, along with several other large Eastern and Midwestern states.

NBC projected that Obama had also won Massachusetts, New Jersey and his home state of Illinois, three states with hefty electoral vote hauls. He also won Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire and Vermont, the network’s political unit projected.

UPDATE: On Fox, as of 8:23 Eastern, they are acknowledging a big Obama win in the meaningless exit polls but emphasize that there is thus far zero actual voting results, let alone the ability to compare discrepancies with the exit polls.

UPDATE: At 8:30, Fox called it for Obama. The election is all but over.

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