The Peach State Stays Red

With a quarter of precincts reporting, NBC News calls Georgia for John McCain. No surprise there--the Peach State was probably the reachiest of Barack Obama's reaches. The Democrat tried to close 2004's double-digit gap by increasing the black vote as a share of the electorate to 30 percent (up five since 2004), but it wasn't enough in a state where whites--who chose McCain 73-25--made up 65 percent of the voters.

Needless to say, Georgia wasn't make or break for Obama. Chicago was expecting to win Iowa, New Mexico Colorado, Virginia, Florida, Ohio and North Carolina before the Peach State (in that order)--and all of those states are still up in the air.