Exit polls suggest the Illinois senator gained unprecedented support from young people, African Americans and new voters. The Democrat also took a substantial chunk of the female vote.
For many, the end of the Bush era is not simply about ending America’s economic woes and the war in Iraq, but a defining moment in US history.
“I’m speechless. I’ve waited so many years to see this. When I was a little girl I used to have to go to the back of the bus to go down South. I don’t have to go to the back of the bus and more than that its just the perception of the United States now and how it’s going to be a world power, just because everyone was pushing for this. So, I am speechless,’‘ said one Obama supporter celebrating with others in Time Square in New York.
‘‘I think that Obama is going to be a good president, he is very smart. He knows a lot of things and he knows how to explain himself well, so anything is possible now,’‘ said another supporter.
‘‘I’ve got to be part of it, you know what I mean, because this is incredible, because this is an historical night, you know, I don’t know, we’ve never seen anything like this before, so, it’s pretty amazing,’‘ said another New Yorker.
It was also party time in Washington, as the Obama faithful flocked in front of the White House after victory was announced.
Supporters there expressed the belief that there had been a profound shift in America’s political landscape.