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Obama’s Presidential Victory Speech (4 November 2008)locked

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When the longest and most expensive presidential campaign in the history of the United States at last drew to its conclusion and much unlike the previous two presidential cycles in 2000 and 2004 there was absolutely no doubt as to which candidate had captured the White House On 4 November 2008 Barack Obama the junior U S Senator from Illinois resoundingly defeated Senator John McCain of Arizona in a contest that saw the Democrat win nine states lost by the 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry to become the first African American president elect in the history of the United States Obama s coalition was indeed impressive As Democrats usually did he performed well among urban and young voters but in this record turnout election Obama s coalition also included Catholics Jews Latinos and rural and suburban voters He won North Carolina which the Democrats had not carried since Jimmy Carter ...

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