An historic day as America’s elects its first black president. Barrack Obama savoured the moment with a vast crowd of supporters at a victory rally in Chicago.
As counting neared completion Obama had won in the crucial battlegrounds — Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Iowa, New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado — all states won by Bush in 2004. John McCain’s loss in Pennsylvania eliminated his last hope of
capturing a pro-Democratic state and turning the vote around.
“It’s been a long time coming but tonight because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America,’‘ claimed Obama.
Expectations on the 44th President will be high, with a crush of immediate challenges from tackling the economic crisis to ending the war in Iraq.
“The road ahead will be long, our climb will be steep, we may not get there in one year or even in one term but, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there, I promise you, we as a people, we will get there,’‘ Obama said.
The African American Democrat claimed his victory confounded those who had doubted whether the US was capable of such a step.
“Where we are met with cynicism and doubt and those who tell us that we can’t we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of our people, Yes we can, thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America,” said Obama.
Obama secured much more than the 270 electoral college seats needed for victory, and took the majority of the popular vote.
The turnout was also very high with more than 130 million Americans casting their ballots.
The US’s political map looks decidedly different this morning.