November 5, 2008 / 4:10 AM / 9 years ago

Obama captures electoral prize of California

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Barack Obama won the biggest prize of the state-by-state U.S. election on Tuesday, defeating Republican John McCain in solidly Democratic California and walking away with its huge cache of 55 electoral votes, U.S. media projected.

Obama’s victory was expected, with pre-election opinion polls giving him a double-digit lead over McCain in a state that has not backed a Republican for president since George H.W. Bush, father of the current president, in 1988.

Obama wins California’s 55 electoral votes, a big boost toward the 270 needed to win the presidency under the United States’ indirect system of electing a leader.

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