November 4th, 2008
11:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Barack Obama elected president

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Barack Obama has been elected President of the United States, CNN projects.(AP PHOTO)
(CNN) - Democrat Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, CNN projects, defeating Republican John McCain.

With his inauguration on January 20, 2009, Obama will become the 44th president of the United States and the first African-American to hold the nation's highest office.

Obama is set to win the states of California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington, CNN projects, putting him over the top.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (477 Responses)
  1. No Hillary = No Obama

    It should have been Hillary.

    November 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  2. Candice- Supporter

    I am so proud to be an American right now!! Bye-Bye Bush and take your side-kick with you (McCain).

    November 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Afrka has a great people and obama is one of them, let give a chance to a black man and see what is meant to be a black.

    November 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  4. pd tx

    There is a God!!! God Bless our New pres.

    November 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  5. Neal ca

    I can't stop smiling!
    thank god obama won!

    November 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  6. Kiki

    even though i am not american... i am happy about "our new president"
    CONGRATS 😀

    November 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  7. change from within

    The first presidency purchased?
    And we will pay for it!

    November 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  8. Robert

    please pray with me for God's mercy, and a withholding of the Obama, excuse me, the punishment we deserve!

    November 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  9. Robin

    CONGRATULATIONS, PRESIDENT ELECT OBAMA!*

    November 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  10. Michael Kinney

    Let's hope that this will help jump start this nation. There is so much we need to do, in order to prevent the decline of our image around the world.

    November 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  11. Jake

    Great Obama got elected. Now my parents are going to have to work 10 times harder than ever. Just to pay off the incoming taxes.

    November 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  12. TCW

    Well done America, you finally got it right. Now us poor suckers in the rest of the world can stop wondering what that idiot Bush will do next

    November 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  13. RGG

    GOOD RIDDENCE BUSH AND MCBUSH!

    November 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  14. Texas Trail Kitty

    God Bless President Obama and it is wonderful that racism, while not quite dead, is hopefully on life support and dying.

    November 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  15. Lina

    Another Step Forward American Unity and Diversity.
    There Is Hope For A Better Tomorrow.

    November 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  16. Gene in Louisiana

    I'm proud of the american people to elect the right person for the job. And to all of the mothers of service members i hope to see you with your family members soon.

    November 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  17. k

    Candidate for change ...now president for change....Changing his mind, his stand on issues...that is change alright.

    Republicans have Bush ..Democrats have Obama..same thing.

    8 years of extreme left ....

    Same ol' Same ol'...

    November 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  18. funnypeople

    Whew...we are headed in the right direction. Follow our lead our get left behind. He is more than Black "he is yo prezident!"

    November 4, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Be afraid. Be very afraid.

    November 4, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  20. samtherealamerican

    Joe the plumber meet Barack the President.

    November 4, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  21. newvoterMO

    Both Obama and McCain are qualified candidates and I battled between the two. When the clown VP candidate came out, I have to conclude McCaine made a big mistake. He is too result driven. So I cannot vote for him. VP candidates are the tie breaker.
    Whoever wins, this is going to be a difficult mess to deal with. Let's hope it doesn't get worse. God bless America.

    November 4, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  22. Beholder

    My heartfelt congratulations from Germany, America. This is a great day for you, and I wish all of you and the future President Obama all the best for the future.
    And I am writing this with a tear in my eye, too. Well done.

    November 4, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    we people of planet earth thank god for letting obama win we now have a new world order based on respect for mankind.

    November 4, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  24. Heidi

    Thank you John McCain for your hard work and service to this country! Great and gracious concession speech! Truly THANK YOU!

    November 4, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  25. CNEO

    A utopia...food stamps, welfare, and free crappy medical coverage....
    of course I hear Russia is doing a lot better these days.

    November 4, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
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