Consolation Prize

McCain Takes Missouri

Two weeks after he lost the presidential election to Obama, McCain can rejoice in a sliver of good news: He has won Missouri. The secretary of state’s office reports the Republican leads President-elect Obama by 4,355 votes—out of 2,923,496 cast. With 3,159 provisional ballots left to be counted, it looks as if McCain has the last undecided state in the bag. “Assuming the state certifies the count, it will place the overall electoral vote at 365 for Obama and 173 for McCain,” the Kansas City Star's Prime Buzz blog reports. Not that all this makes much difference for Obama, who is still 62 days away from inauguration, or even for McCain, who is said to be gearing up for a Senate reelection campaign.