Nov 5, 2008

Barack Obama to be America's first black president

Americans tonight placed their faith in Barack Obama, who made history by becoming the first African-American to win the US presidency.

Scenes of jubilation broke out among Democratic supporters as the US TV networks at 4am GMT declared that the inexperienced but inspirational Democratic candidate had been elected president, after a momentous day that saw voters turn out in huge numbers.

Victory in the end came as easily as the polls had predicted, with one state after another falling into the Democratic column, as Obama clinched a transformational election, comparable to Franklin D Roosevelt's in 1932, John F Kennedy's in 1960 and Bill Clinton's in 1992.

In his concession speech in Phoenix, Arizona, John McCain graciously acknowledged the scale of his defeat as voters overwhelmingly repudiated eight disastrous years of Republican rule.

"We have come to the end of a long journey," McCain told his supporters. The voters "have spoken clearly".

Paying tribute to his young Democratic rival, the veteran Republican said Obama's victory "commands my respect". He said he deeply admired and commended Obama for winning a "historic election".

The scale of Obama's victory exceeded Democratic expectations, as Obama was projected to win 338 electoral votes to McCain's 129.

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