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. SHON

    I AM GLAD OBAMA WON..

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  2. cg

    Lord help us all

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    We are screwed

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  4. Angel

    Thank you America...Yes we DID

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  5. Edmund

    I always felt that, more than any politician, Obama's position on things changed with his audience. I felt that the only way I can pinpoint what he would do is with his very liberal, very brief record. Obama now represents all of us. Let's hope I am wrong.

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  6. justin

    woohooo...obama the next president!

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  7. Dee, Topeka

    Congratulations Mr. President-Elect Obama! This is a great day to be American! It's now time to come together. God Bless America!

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  8. David

    I'm crying because this is the end of the USA as we know it. We will move more toward France and China. Look out 'Fairness Doctrine'.

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  9. Loni

    Rosa sit, so that Martin could walk, so that Barack could run, so that our children can fly....... God Bless America

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  10. Lorena

    The most unpatriotic man I have ever heard of is now President. Isn't that something!

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  11. Some Dude

    I hope people who voted for Obama did so for the right reason (the issues) and not just because of a need for change regardless of the kind of change, or worse, because of race.

    Here's looking forward to 4 good years.

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  12. obama man

    amy your first post is really wrong #1 you cant a sore loser #2 most rebulicans know that when theyve lost theyve lost and they stop making up reasons why something is wrong this is the beginning of America not the end so stop concocting lies to suppor your fake argument

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  13. Richard St-Louis

    United States didn't miss their rendez-vous with history this time. We are so happy for you, and for the world.
    Bless you

    Richard,
    Canada

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  14. Marc

    America, on behalf of us from the rest of the world: THANK YOU!!

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  15. Towanda Polk

    GOD BLESS AMERICA & OBAMA!!!!

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

    As a Sri Lankan... I couldn't be any happier to see this taking place! Pres. Elect Obama is a once in generation type of leader that the entire world needs!

    Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  17. ZachG86

    All the people that voted for Obama for lower taxes are in for a surprise in 2010. Enjoy higher taxes.

    With anyone speaking out against Obama being labeled as a racist, we're one step closer to being a dictatorship.

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  18. SHON

    I AM GLAD OBAMA WON..

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  19. Suzanna Johnson

    Congrats Obama! We are behind you...now the work begins....Yipeee...it has been a LOOOOOONNNNNNGGGGG 8 years.

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  20. harpreet

    Wohahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa I am very happy, congrates.

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  21. Myriam

    WOW!!!! Amazing, I'm living a great moment in history!!!! America is proving the rest of the world that this is the land where dreams come true... everything is possible!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  22. gnn1

    I didn't realise how much this election meant to me until I burst into (happy) tears when I read the projected results. I am just overwhelmed with happiness

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

    A Change has finally came!!!!!!!!!!Thank God. Congrats President Obama and VP Biden:)

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  24. jackson

    OOOOOOOOOOOHHHH YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  25. Speechless

    Wish MLK could see this

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
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