THE AMERICAN TIMES: Barack Obama elected 44th President of the United States
Wednesday, November 5, 20082008 United States Presidential Election 2008 US Presidential Election stories
- 5 November 2008: Barack Obama elected 44th President of the United States
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- 4 November 2008: US voters go to the polls
- 2 November 2008: Third party U.S. presidential candidates hold debate
- 1 November 2008: Former US President Clinton stumps for Obama, Franken in Minneapolis
The 2008 Democratic presidential nominee, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, 47, is projected to win at least 349 electoral votes, more than enough to clinch the Presidency of the United States. Obama is the first African American to be elected President in U.S. history. His Republican opponent, Arizona senator John McCain is projected to win at least 173 electoral votes. McCain has phoned Obama to concede the election. Obama officially became the President-elect when John McCain issued his concession speech shortly after 10:00PM Mountain Time.President-elect Barack Obama.
The Electoral College will officially elect Obama on December 15 and he will be inaugurated as the 44th President on January 20, 2009 at noon.
"We have come to the end of a long journey. The American people have spoken and spoken clearly. This is an historic election and I realize the significance this has for African-Americans [...] Let there be no reason now, for any American should fail to cherish their citizenship in this, the greatest nation on Earth," said McCain at a final event in Arizona.
Barack Hussein Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Barack Obama, Sr. from Kenya and Ann Dunham from Wichita, Kansas. He grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia. He graduated from high school in 1979 and attended Occidental College and Columbia University, receiving his B.A. in political science in 1983. Afterwards he moved to Chicago and worked as a community organizer.
He enrolled in Harvard Law School in 1988, became the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, and graduated magna cum laude in 1991. He returned to Chicago, lecturing at the University of Chicago and practicing as a civil rights attorney.
He was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1997, and became the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Illinois in March 2004. The following July, he delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, catapulting him into the national spotlight.
He won election to the U.S. Senate with 70% of the vote. On February 20, 2007 he announced his candidacy for President and clinched the Democratic nomination on June 3, 2008, after a tense primary battle with Hillary Clinton. Obama is married to Michelle née Robinson, with whom he has two daughters.Victory speech
At 05:00 UTC, Obama commemorated his victory with a speech to thousands in Chicago. He launched the speech by stating that his victory shows the power of democracy, the people and the United States. He then stated that people voted for him because "people believe this time must be different."
The new president-elect then praised the McCain campaign team for their work, before stating that the time for change has come.
Obama then thanked people for their work in ensuring the victory. He thanked his family, and said that even though his grandmother has passed away, she would be watching his victory from heaven. He also thanked his campaign organizer, chief strategist and staff members who ensured his victory in this election. Obama then thanked the people who have donated or volunteered for his campaign.
The new leader then said that an Obama government is a government of the people, for the people and by the people, before warning that there would be a long steep road ahead for his office, and stating that all his goals may not even be achieved in one term.
He then pledged to be honest as leader before stating that the victory is not change, but an opportunity for change, and that people must work to achieve this in this "new dawn of American leadership."He added, "change is coming to America" while speaking in front of 65,000 people.Results 2008 Electoral College Map
This is a tally of all of the polls closed so far.
- ECV = Electoral College votes
National turnout:Electoral College Overview State EC votes Winner Alabama 9 McCain Alaska 3 McCain Arizona 10 McCain Arkansas 6 McCain California 55 Obama Colorado 9 Obama Connecticut 7 Obama Delaware 3 Obama D.C. 3 Obama Florida 27 Obama Georgia 15 McCain Hawaii 4 Obama Idaho 4 McCain Illinois 21 Obama Indiana 11 Obama Iowa 7 Obama Kansas 6 Mccain Kentucky 8 McCain Louisiana 9 McCain Maine 4 Obama Maryland 10 Obama Massachusetts 12 Obama Michigan 17 Obama Minnesota 10 Obama Mississippi 6 McCain Missouri 11 McCain Montana 3 McCain Nebraska 5 McCain Nevada 5 Obama New Hampshire 4 Obama New Jersey 15 Obama New Mexico 5 Obama New York 31 Obama North Carolina 15 Obama North Dakota 3 McCain Ohio 20 Obama Oklahoma 7 Mccain Oregon 7 Obama Pennsylvania 21 Obama Rhode Island 4 Obama South Carolina 8 McCain South Dakota 3 McCain Tennessee 11 McCain Texas 34 McCain Utah 5 McCain Vermont 3 Obama Virginia 13 Obama Washington 11 Obama West Virginia 5 McCain Wisconsin 10 Obama Wyoming 3 McCain Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License unless otherwise specified. Copyright terms on images may vary, please check individual image pages prior to duplication.