Tomorrow, if the polls are to be believed, Barack Obama could be the first black president of the United States.
The Illinois Senator has hopscotched thousands of kilometers across the country since his nomination as the Democrat’s presidential candidate in June; one of his final ports of call last night was the key battleground state of Virginia:
“In this last 21 hours we can afford to slow down, or sit back or let up, one minute, one second, not one moment. Even if it rains tomorrow you cannot let that stop you, you’ve got to wait in line, you’ve got to vote, you’ve got to take your friends, take your neighbours. We can’t stop, not now, not when there’s so much at stake. we are going to change America, Virginia, starting tomorrow”.
But his optimism has already been tinged with sadness. Late last night it was announced that Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, had succumbed to the cancer she had been battling for weeks.
Obama left the campaign trail to go to the 86 year old’s bedside in Hawaii at the end of October when it was revealed her condition had worsened.