On November 4, 2008, Illinois Senator Barack Obama ended a hotly contested election year with a landmark victory, having started out as a …
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CNN30: Election of Barack Obama

On November 4, 2008, Illinois Senator Barack Obama ended a hotly contested election year with a landmark victory, having started out as a relative political unknown who went on to become the first black president in U.S. history. Obama, a Democrat, took 53 percent of the popular vote and 365 electoral votes to Republican challenger Sen. John McCain's 173. The election also featured the first female Republican vice presidential candidate in former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Obama's campaign platform was built around the singular concept of "change," and the election drew an unprecedented response from the black community. On Inauguration Day, thousands of people filled the National Mall in Washington as well as the streets of Chicago.

 

Were you there? Do you remember when it happened? Open your shoeboxes, journals, scrapbooks and photo albums and share your photos, video and memories from this event.

 

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