Sen. John McCain is projected to win Oklahoma, Tennessee and South Carolina, while Sen. Barack Obama is projected to win Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., according to the Associated Press.
All of these states were expected to back their respective projected winners. McCain is projected to have won four states to Obama’s eight plus Washington, D.C.
According to preliminary exit polling conducted for the AP, Obama was winning handily among women, blacks and Hispanics, while whites supported McCain.
Obama also was the overwhelming choice of the one in 10 voters who went to the polls for their first time Tuesday, half of whom call themselves Democrats.
McCain, 72, also got support from over half of senior citizens, while Obama, 47, was winning the under-30 vote by a 2-1 margin.
So far Sen. Obama has 82 electoral votes, while Sen. McCain has 34.