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Supporters of Barack Obama celebrate at an Atlanta church November 4.
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In Focus
Barack Obama's Victory Speech (Transcript) (Video)
John McCain's Concession Speech (Transcript) Office of the President-elect

2008 Official Presidential General Election Results (Federal Election Commission)
Election Results (NYT)
General Election Results (C-SPAN)
Election Center (CNN

2008 Presidential Election: Summary of Key Dates, Events & Information (NARA)

Center for Politics, University of Virginia: Larry J. Sabato's CrystalBall'08
Cook Political Report: The Cook Political Report is a non-partisan, online analysis of electoral politics. Ongoing Political Analysis of the 2008 Elections (Blog/updated daily)
German Marshall Fund of the United States: Presidential Election 2008 - What Europe Needs to Know

Photo Gallery: World Reacts to Election (
Video: Crowds Electrified by Obama Win (


Election Results & Analysis

“I believe that the single most important job of any President is to protect the American people. And I am equally convinced that doing that job effectively in the 21st century will require a new vision of American leadership and a new conception of our national security — a vision that draws from the lessons of the past, but is not bound by outdated thinking.” (Barack Obama addresses the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Excerpts from “The American Moment,” April 23, 2007)

On November 4, Americans elected Illinois Senator Barack Obama the 44th president of the United States.

Addressing supporters in Chicago November 4, the president-elect said, “To all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright, tonight we’ve proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope.”

Obama said that through their votes, Americans sent a message “that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states.  We are and always will be the United States of America.”

“A new dawn of American leadership is at hand,” he said.  “To those who would tear the world down, we will defeat you.  To those who seek peace and security, we support you.” (Full Article:

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