Sen. Barack Obama, Democrat of Illinois, has won the presidential vote in Connecticut.
The Associated Press projected at 8:05 p.m. that Obama will win the Nutmeg State’s seven electoral votes. CNN, NBC News and ABC News also put the state in Obama’s column immediately after polls closed at 8 p.m.
Obama’s win comes as little surprise. Among Connecticut voters, Obama had led his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, by as much as 25 percentage points in polls. With 15 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Obama led McCain by 35 points, 67 percent to 32 percent.
In other races, the A.P. is projecting that Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Democrat of New Haven, will win a tenth term representing Connecticut’s 3rd Congressional District.
As predicted, Connecticut voters turned out in droves at the polls today. By 3:30 p.m., more than half of the state’s registered voters had cast their ballots, and Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz ‘83 said turnout could exceed 90 percent.
“All over the state, registrars and our teams on the ground are saying they have never seen this kind of turnout — ever,” Bysiewicz said. “Lines are long in some polling places, but the lines are moving, the poll workers and our new optical scan machines are handling the crowds well.”