's Election 2008 Battleground States page highlights the states that CNN has identified as Battlegrounds for the 2008 presidential election. These states are shown on a map with an orange border. The rest of the states are a neutral white color. As results come in on November 4, 2008, the Battleground states will turn various colors: light gray for still voting, dark gray for processing results, red if McCain is the projected winner and blue if Obama is the projected winner. If the projected winner is from a party different than the state's 2004 winner, the map will indicate this "party change" with white diagonal stripes in the red or blue area. The map includes rollovers that let you see live data from each of the Battleground states as results come in. Rolling over the Battleground states also will give you detailed information about why CNN considers each state a Battleground in a text area below the map. You can click on the Battleground States to see more information, including county results and exit polls. Also below the map will be displayed a live results table showing the total votes, percentages, percentage of precincts reporting and status of each Battleground state contest. Skip to main content
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• CNN will broadcast a projected winner only after an extensive review of data from a number of sources. Details about CNN's projection process
Poll closing times by state and time zone
• "Party change" denotes a race where the 2008 projected winner is from a different party than the previous winner or incumbent.
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