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Missouri’s Choice for President Still Undecided

Even though Barack Obama is the President-elect of the United States, Missouri’s choice for president is still undecided. KSMU’s Kristian Kriner reports.

Missouri has voted for the presidential winner in every election since 1904, except for the election in 1956.

According to the Secretary of State’s office, right now, Republican John McCain is ahead in Missouri by about 5,000 votes, even though he’s already lost the national election.

Ryan Hobart is the spokesperson for the Missouri Secretary of State’s office.

He says there are several provisional ballots that still need to be counted and verified before Missouri can declare a winner.

"Right now, the difference between the two main presidential candidates is around 5,800 votes and there are currently 7,000 approximately provisional ballots outstanding in all the counties around the state,” Hobart said.

A provisional ballot is one that is cast even though the voter’s eligibility is in question.

Election officials have to sift through each provisional ballot to determine whether it’s valid.

Hobart says Missouri is still officially undecided since the count is so close.

He says it will still be a while before Missouri’s candidate will be announced.

“It could take up to a month, sometimes less than that. It’s just a process that they go through to check all the results and get the official tallies to us,” Hobart said.

If John McCain is determined to be the winner in Missouri, it will end Missouri’s running streak as a solid bellwether state.

For KSMU News, I’m Kristian Kriner.