Barack Obama is the President-Elect of the United States of America. Democrat Barack Obama won with 349 electoral college votes compared to John McCain's 162. Watch John McCain's concession speech. Click here to read the transcript.
The turn-out was record high. The voters: a rich palate of American diversity – women, blacks, Hispanics, whites – young people and old.
They made history – redrawing the nation’s electoral map, turning red states blue, and confounding the cynics as they elected the nation’s first African-American President.
An estimated 136 million Americans – as many as 66 percent, the most since 1908 – pulled a lever, touched a screen, or filled in ballot. They are part of a radical transformation of American politics – not just in terms of ideology and party identification. It goes much further than that.
President-elect Barack Obama, harnessing the lightening speed of digital technology, tapped a new generation of young people, inspiring them to work, knock on doors, make phone calls, convince their parents, friends, neighbors, and grandparents that there was something in America still worth fighting for. source
JOHN MCCAIN: "We have come to the end of a long journey. The American people have spoken and they have spoken clearly. "This campaign was and will remain the great honour of my life. My heart is filled with nothing but gratitude for the experience, and to the American people for giving me a fair hearing before deciding that Senator Obama and my old friend Senator Joe Biden should have the honour of leading us for the next four years." US PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH: "Mr President-elect, congratulations to you. What an awesome night for you, your family and your supporters. "I promise to make this a smooth transition. You are about to go on one of the great journeys of life. Congratulations and go enjoy yourself." UK PRIME MINISTER GORDON BROWN: "This is a moment that will live in history as long as history books are written. "Barack Obama ran an inspirational campaign, energising politics with his progressive values and his vision for the future."