The 47-year-old Illinois senator, son of a white mother from Kansas and an African father from Kenya beat Republican John McCain to establish in a runaway victory. The 47-year-old Democratic senator outnumbered Republican John McCain by building an Electoral College majority of 367 votes to McCain's 168 at the time of filing the story. The 2 years Obama campaign nurtured hope and change for the volatile state of affairs that US is going through.
9:54 AM 11/5/2008
Washington, Nov 5: United States of America is making history... as Obama is heading towards a clear win. From the beginning, Obama established an early lead over Republican John McCain.
With polls closing quickly throughout the United States, sources had called 15 states and the District of Columbia for Obama. Nine had been awarded to McCain, who trailed his 47-year-old rival and fellow Senator by 175 electoral votes to 61. The winner will need 270 of the 538 total electoral votes, which are distributed to states roughly in proportion to their population. A record number of citizens was expected to have cast ballots in an election that stood to change the political face of a nation burdened with its worst economic crisis in nearly 80 years and still fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The economy was by far the top issue on voters' minds and a huge drag on McCain, who Obama successfully tied to unpopular President George W Bush.
9:30 AM 11/5/2008