Barack Obama wins New York

November 4, 2008 6:06:43 PM PST
Barack Obama has won New York in his bid to become the first black president. Obama gathered 31 electoral votes from the strongly Democratic state in Tuesday's election. The call was based on an analysis of voter interviews, conducted for The Associated Press by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International.

Obama swept to victories in traditionally Democratic states in the East and Midwest as well as the battleground Pennsylvania. Republican John McCain countered by winning safe Republican states.

Obama defeated New York's junior senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton, for the Democratic nomination.

The nationwide popular vote was close. Totals from 6 percent of the nation's precincts showed McCain was ahead, 49.8 percent to 49.3 percent for Obama.