Obama makes history in landslide
NATIONAL — At approximately 11:15 p.m., it was official. Barack Obama was named by several major news outlets as the 44th President of the United States of America – the first person of African-American descent to ever hold the most powerful position in the world.
On Nov. 4, about 45 minutes before midnight, Obama had garnered 324 electoral votes, well above the necessary 270. Arizona Senator John McCain, the Republican nominee, had 146 at that time.
Obama, a Junior Senator from Illinois who was born in Hawaii, was a relative unknown when he entered the presidential race about two years ago, but his nonstop call for change and cool, composed personality quickly elevated him to frontrunner status during the Democratic Primaries, where he persevered through a long, hard fought fight against former first lady Hillary Clinton.
The historical moment for Obama and America comes one day after the President-elect lost his grandmother, a woman he often gave credit to for his development and maturity.
Obama is 47 years old and will take office in January when President George W. Bush completes his second term as President. His victory included surprising wins in Florida and Ohio.
McCain conceded the election at approximately 11:20 p.m.