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Obama makes history with win

Posted November 4, 2008
Updated November 5, 2008

— Barack Obama was elected the nation's first black president Tuesday night in a historic triumph that overcame racial barriers as old as America itself.

The son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, the Democratic senator from Illinois sealed his victory by defeating Republican Sen. John McCain in a string of wins in hard-fought battleground states – Ohio, Florida, Virginia and Iowa.

North Carolina remained up in the air as midnight approached. With 95 percent of the votes counted, Obama had a slight edge – fewer than 25,000 votes – over McCain.

A huge crowd in Grant Park in Chicago erupted in jubilation at the news of Obama's victory. Some wept.

McCain called his former rival to concede defeat – and the end of his own 10-year quest for the White House. "The American people have spoken, and spoken clearly," McCain told disappointed supporters in Arizona.

Obama and his running mate, Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, will take their oaths of office as president and vice president on Jan. 20, 2009.

As the 44th president, Obama will move into the Oval Office as leader of a country that is almost certainly in recession, and fighting two long wars, one in Iraq, the other in Afghanistan.

The popular vote was close, but not the count in the Electoral College, where it mattered most.

There, Obama's audacious decision to contest McCain in states that hadn't gone Democratic in years paid rich dividends.

Obama has said his first order of presidential business will be to tackle the economy. He has also pledged to withdraw most U.S. combat troops from Iraq within 16 months.

The 47-year-old Illinois senator was little known just four years ago. A widely praised speech at the Democratic National Convention, delivered when he was merely a candidate for the Senate, changed that.

Overnight he became a sought-after surrogate campaigner, and he had scarcely settled into his Senate seat when he began preparing for his run for the White House.

A survey of voters leaving polling places on Tuesday showed the economy was by far the top Election Day issue. Six in 10 voters said so, and none of the other top issues – energy, Iraq, terrorism and health care – was picked by more than one in 10.

Shortly after 11 p.m. in the East, The Associated Press count showed Obama with 338 electoral vote, well over the 270 needed for victory. McCain had 127 after winning states that comprised the normal Republican base.

The nationwide popular vote was remarkably close. Totals from 58 percent of the nation's precincts showed Obama with 51 percent and McCain with 47.9.

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  • batricia1 Nov 13, 2008

    Well I can say one thing for Obama maybe he will open the door for the 1st true Black man to become president. How can he and the people of our country proclaim him to be a black man? What about his *white mother*? He is just like anyother person he is BI-Racial. What about his qualifications to become president? The only experience he has is the less than one yr in the Senate. Many are probably going to think I am being racist but that is not true, I was against Obama becoming president because he has no experience and for him to get experience by the way of becoming President is crazy. His experience and knowledge did not get him in office it was: the people black and white that had never voted held a job or even cared about this country but voted him in because he is the 1st so called black man to be president. My only hope is that our country and the people in it does not suffer for this. Yes a change is comming but what will the change cost us..........

  • happily married Nov 5, 2008

    As I said in another post, IF YOU THINK YOU CAN DO BETTER THEN YOU RUN FOR PRESIDENT. Build a bridge and GET OVER IT!!!!!! Life is too short to be worried about things that you OBVIOUSLY can't change. I'm sure if the McCain would have won you wouldn't have any comments. Please!!!!

    Another Mama for Obama!!!!!!

  • manofjustice Nov 5, 2008

    Obama's glorious accomplishment has yet to settle in with a lot of people on my job. I hear the snide remarks. I hear the ghetto comments. I actually stop and join in on the conversations. I ask them aren't you proud of our new president with ecstatic elation and a big smile on my face. They want to run and hide. We were friends up until yesterday. Well I am still cool. It is sad that this presidency election has brought out the realness in a lot of people. This is my turning point. Not just the election. I now know who is real at my job. No more friendly coffee breaks with them bsterds.

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Nov 5, 2008

    President Obama will be seating in the chair very soon.
    Dr. Dataclerk

    That very thing scares me the most.

  • godsholypoet Nov 5, 2008

    commensense4: godsholypoet wrote: "You need to check your history Abraham Licoln's mother was African American."

    I have no idea how you came up with this but it is false.
    commonsense4

    Actually an African American told me this yrs ago and I could be wrong but I did research it and there are no pictures of his
    mother accept a painting soneone did and she looks alot like Abraham Licoln and his fellow politicians back then also teased
    him about him looking like a black person. And I personally have more respect for him then I do any of the white politicians
    or black politicians today at least he accomplished freeing the slaves. And there are no real pictures of anyone in his family except his father who is white. And I believe an African American can run this country into the ground just as well as
    any of our white presidents already have. So Blacks and whites
    can now officially be considered equal. Pray to God that none of these ignorant racist hurt Obama or his family.

  • Old Raleigh Native Nov 5, 2008

    Easy now Dr. Dataclerk. Don't go booking my flight just yet. I think you misread my comment. I'm as happy as I can be with the way the elections turned out and there is no place I would rather be than in the USA as we head towards a bright future!

  • Dr. Dataclerk Nov 5, 2008

    wrote: "You need to check your history Abraham Licoln's mother was African American."

    I have no idea how you came up with this but it is false.
    commonsense4

    No true. My we are certainly grabbing straws today. lol

  • Dr. Dataclerk Nov 5, 2008

    I'm moving. Can't believe this great nation is so blind and stupid. The wrath is coming. Beach4Me

    Hey Beach4Me, I'll help you pack. Our country is better off without you..
    Old Raleigh Native

    When do you want to leave? I will call President right now and have him bring the Air Force One jet and pick you up and you both can just go to an island and stay there for the rest of your life. A ship passing by will bring you good food and water. Hey, you may be able to be a tourist attraction. What time do you want Air Force One to Land? Oh, you will not be missed. President Obama will be seating in the chair very soon.

  • Old Raleigh Native Nov 5, 2008

    I'm moving. Can't believe this great nation is so blind and stupid. The wrath is coming.
    Beach4Me

    Hey Beach4Me, I'll help you pack. Our country is better off without you..

  • news4u Nov 5, 2008

    I pledge to suppport Obama 100% as long as he upholds the Constitution.

    One Nation

    Under God

    Indivisible

    With Liberty

    And Justice for All

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