Obama declared next president

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 | 10:32 p.m. CST

Barack Obama has won the presidential election, according to The Associated Press, The Washington Post, CNN and other news outlets. The AP's official electoral vote tally is 324 for Obama and 124 for John McCain. Two hundred seventy votes are needed to win.

According to the AP, Obama won California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

McCain won Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.

The electoral count projected by the AP is 338 for Obama and 127 for McCain.

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Charles Dudley Jr November 4, 2008 | 10:52 p.m.

McCain conceded in a very well done and honorable speech encouraging his supporters to back and to support President Elect Obama.

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