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. Leslie

    Chris, enjoy Spain! The rest of us will be oh so much better off!

    November 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  2. A Boston, MA

    PRESIDENT OBAMA....WE LOVE YOU! YOU'VE BROUGHT THE BEST OUT OF THIS COUNTRY ALREADY....

    November 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  3. vp

    There is HOPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  4. Kevin

    I voted for Hillary Clinton. I backed Obama. I'm in tears I cant believe what am seeing. Congrats Mr President

    November 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  5. tina

    Go USA it is time for a change. Yeah Yeah

    November 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  6. pierese

    obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  7. From TX

    Now we might finally get to meet the guy and get to know him.

    November 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  8. junior

    Yaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy CHICAGO WITH OBAMA 2008!

    November 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  9. Pinto

    Angela–We need God now more than ever. I'm very fearful for this country...God has always been there....all you guys need is brains;) to differentiate between good and the bad!!
    Fearful for this country?? NOW? when change is right next door?
    You hav been through the worst under Bush!! Now be happy for what is happening.Its for your own good..

    November 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  10. laura elrod

    i hope that mean we can get are pride back i am very HAPPY TO see race did not stop this race

    November 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  11. Chelle

    We have made history you all.. Just b proud and make the best of it bcuz I believe in My New PRESIDENT BARACK... We Love You Mann

    November 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  12. Llisa

    This is a great day for EVERY American wether you want to admit it or not.

    November 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  13. pup

    higher taxes here we come!

    November 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  14. LS

    What a GREAT feeling to have Obama as President. Thank Goodness!!

    November 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  15. ricky edwards

    yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss i feel like a new man i am 34 years old black man 1st time voter and wowwwww now i can tell my 2 girls that thay can be anything thay want

    November 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  16. jess

    Thank god! America was about to crash if Mc Cain would have won, you think George Bush did a horrible job...America would have fallen to pieces, obviously no matter what is portrayed in the news people will go with their hearts, and its time for change WWWHHOOO HHHOOOO

    November 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  17. SOULE

    The world is proud of America!!

    The election of Barack Obama is a big step forward!

    Versailles, France

    November 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  18. Concerned Democrat

    Now, I can get some sleep.

    God Bless PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  19. Citizen

    Congrats to Obama and Biden, they ran a great race and deserve the victory.

    And to the whiners who will "leave and move to spain"...go an don't come back. We don't need leeches in this great country, rather proud and strong citizens...like Obama and John McCain.

    November 4, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  20. Patricia, Philadelphia, PA

    My heart is so full! I can't believe this! GOOOOO OBAMA! YES WE DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  21. Brian O

    Race has absolutely NOTHING to do with it!! He is the best man for the job and that is it!

    November 4, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  22. Jimmy Pinckney MD

    For the non Barack Obama voters. You will find this gifted man will be a thoughtful, moderate President who will do our countrry proud and re-asert true moral leadership. He will do his best to keep America strong in part by winning more friends around the world by helping us re-capture ideals that served us though the past. Hopefully, this is the dawn of a new day for America and the world.

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

    It's time to come together. No more red or blue, just Americans. United we stand.

    November 4, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  24. Sweety

    Obama sweety GOD BLESS YOU.

    OBAMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    November 4, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  25. crys

    Amy, Bush initiated the downfall of the US.
    PRESIDENT Obama will save us :]

    November 4, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
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