Obama sweeps to victory as first black president

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 | 11:38 p.m. CST; updated 1:08 a.m. CST, Wednesday, November 5, 2008

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama swept to victory as the nation's first black president Tuesday night in an electoral college landslide that overcame racial barriers as old as America itself. "Change has come," he declared to a huge throng of cheering supporters.