Democratic leader Barack Obama won American votes and named the first African-American president of United States.
CBS newscaster Katie Couric announced in a special election report that Barack Obama is likely to win the election and becomes the 44th and the first African-American president of United States. It comes as a definite projections since the Democratic senator won people's heart by a huge vote compared to that of his opponent's, John McCain.
Couric said, "We have breaking news, momentous news, really: CBS now estimates that because of victories in California, Washington, Oregon and Hawaii, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois will be the next president of the United States." Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer appearing on the news show too, said "Barack Obama is going to be the next president of the United States."
The CBS report came slightly after 7:00 P.M. and hours later, the official verdict from the television networks came down as the polls are wrapped in California at 11:00 P.M. ET. Obama officially had won the 2008 presidential election. He, therefore sets a milestone in America's 232-year history of electing its president.
"This is an historic election and I recognize the special significance it has for African Americans," said McCain on Obama's win. "I have always believed that America offers opportunities for those who have the will to seize it. Let there be no reason for any American to fail to cherish their citizenship in this, the greatest nation on earth."
Obama is expected to make his first speech as the new president of America at a rally in Chicago's Grant Park.
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