Obama Wins; Mc Cain Concedes
Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States and first African-American to hold the nation’s highest office.
At 11:15 EST Sen. John McCain delivered his concession speech in with his wife Cindy and running mate Sarah Palin by his side.
“I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face,” McCain said before his supporters in Phoenix, Arizona.
Obama thanked McCain for his graciousness and said he had waged a tough race.
The 47-year-old Democratic senator from Illinois sealed his triumph by beating Republican McCain in a string of wins in hard-fought battleground states — Ohio, Florida, Virginia and Iowa.
Obama is positioned to become the first Democrat since Jimmy Carter in 1976 to win break 50 percent of the popular vote, something Bill Clinton failed to do in both 1992 and 1996.
An enormous crowd went to Grant Park in Chicago to cheer Obama’s incredible triumph and await his first public speech as president-elect.
Obama and his running mate, Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, will take their oaths of office as president and vice president on Jan. 20, 2009.
Obama’s impressive victory says a lot about America. Because voters decided that they didn’t want to look back… and his momentous triumph overcame racial barriers as old as America itself.