After a long-haul filled with non-stop campaigning and endless endorsements, Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama has won the 2008 presidential election.
According to ABC News, in what may go down in history as one of the most memorable elections in our lifetime, Senator Obama has become the first ever African-American elected to the presidency alongside his running mate Delaware Senator Joe Biden who will take office as Vice President.
With a total of 270 out of the 540 electoral votes needed to win the race, Obama entered the contest evenly ranked with Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his running mate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. However, things quickly began to change in the Illinois senator’s favor as he surprisingly won crucial states Ohio and Pennsylvania. In the United State’s history, no Republican president has been able to take office without winning Ohio.
As the election carried on, Obama continued to take in top states including New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Delaware, New Mexico, and Washington, DC. Barack supporters showed no intent of slowing down as the election came to an unexpected and sudden end as he took California and historically Republican Virgina at the eleven o’clock hour placing him at 283 electoral votes, more than the required amount to win the presidency.
Conceding from the contest, McCain spoke shortly later from Phoenix, Arizona to his supporters and offered his best wishes to the new President along with offering his hand of assistance.
“The American people have spoken and they have spoken clearly,” he told the crowd. “It’s natural tonight to feel some disappointment, but tomorrow we must move beyond it and get our country moving again.”
Despite the election’s closure, further statistics displayed Obama’s unbelievable wins in Florida, Utah, Oregon, Nevada and other battleground states typically known for being the most difficult states for a presidential candidate to win totaling 338 electoral votes to McCain’s 155.
Speaking at from Chicago’s Grant Park, Obama gave his victory speech alongside his wife Michelle and two daughters to thousands of supporters including Oprah Winfrey and Jesse Jackson who joined in cheers and screams of joy as he walked on stage.
“Hello Chicago. If there is anyone out there who still doubts America is a place where all things are possible — tonight is your answer,” he told the excited crowd. “It’s been a long time coming, but tonight because of what we did on this day, at this election, at this defining moment, that change has come to America.”
Barack also took the time to pay his respect to McCain’s persistence and fortitude in this challenging election.
“I congratulate him, I congratulate Governor Palin,” he added. “I look forward to working with them to renew the promises for this country in the months to come. “
Becoming one of the most celebrated and talked about elections in years with support from Jay-Z, T.I., Beyonce, Lil’ Wayne, Diddy, Mary J. Blige and others, rappers recently spoke with SOHH to dish out their own personal pre-election predictions and plans prior to Obama’s enormous win.
“I’m voting for Barack Obama,” Fat Joe told SOHH. “I feel like, this country, if we don’t elect him President, I might just move somewhere else, South America or something. I can’t take this country and the way it’s going.”
UGK‘s Bun B also expressed his early concern and strong belief in Barack’s promises of change.
“I’ll be sitting in my house prarying that that man get all the votes that people give him and that they don’t try to kill the election for him one way or another,” Bun told SOHH. “I’m sure they got their exit strategy already put together so I just hope they let him win it fair and square.”
On behalf of SOHH, we are proud to give our congratulations to the new president of the United States, Barack Obama.
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