Although these states were expected to go to their respective winners, Obama is growing a substantial lead after his projected win in Pennsylvania.
“Basically, the pattern we are seeing… [is] the parties are carrying the states they carried in 2004 with a couple of big exceptions,” NewsHour analyst David Brooks said Tuesday night. “Michigan is home of the Reagan Republicans. Those are the white working-class background of the Republican party basically because Michigan is in a recession.”
Obama’s electoral vote lead now stands at 175 to Sen. McCain’s 52. To win the presidency, a candidate must win 270 electoral votes.
“At this point, [the Obama campaign] remains cautiously optimistic,” NewsHour senior correspondent Judy Woodruff said from Chicago.