November 5, 2008
Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer speaks to ABC News late Tuesday night as he awaited the election results from Boone County to come in. Around midnight, Luetkemeyer was announced the winner of the 9th District Congressional seat.
Blaine Luetkemeyer, center, walks with state Rep. Steve Hobbs, R-Mexico, to give his acceptance speech at his election night party in Columbia.
Democratic 9th District candidate Judy Baker greets supporters at an election watch party at The Tiger hotel in Columbia on Tuesday.
Attorney general-elect Chris Koster gives his acceptance speech at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City on Nov. 4, 2008. Koster said he was surprised that Gibbons phoned and conceded before midnight.
Jay Nixon celebrates his victory in Missouri's gubernatorial race after giving his victory speech to supporters at his election watch party Tuesday in St. Louis. Nixon, Missouri's longest-serving attorney general, won election by turning back Republican Congressman Kenny Hulshof.
States that were red in the 2000 and 2004 presidential election went blue for this year's election, which resulted in a victory for Democrat Barack Obama.
Doris Cheatum, left, awaits poll results during the 2008 presidential watch party at The Tiger hotel in Columbia on Tuesday evening.
Robert Brown, left, and his wife, Linda Lou, center, chat with family friend and Democratic candidate for Senate Chuck Graham at the 2008 presidential election watch party at The Tiger hotel in Columbia on Tuesday evening.
From left, Lyn Williams and Martha Smith react to the crowd cheers as they are recognized for their hard work for the Obama campaign. Williams, a full-time volunteer, is the office manager and staging location manager for the campaign in Columbia.
Martha McCraly, 47,cheers during a watch party at Second Baptist Church in Columbia on Tuesday after learning that Obama had been declared president-elect.
Columbia residents Sherri Givens, left, Donna Clayborne, center, and Deborah Chappell, right, celebrate upon the televised announcement that Barack Obama was the projected winner of the 2008 presidential watch party at The Tiger hotel in Columbia on Tuesday evening.
From left to right, Grant Watkins, Stuart Peterson, Brian Roach and Anjali Pinto celebrate the news that Barack Obama was elected president on Nov. 4, 2008, at a watch party at the Blue Note.
Brittney Cox, 22 leans on her fiance, Byron Wilson, 23, during a watch party at Second Baptist Church in Columbia.
Wynna Faye Elbert, left, and Almeta Crayton, center, cheer together at a watch party at The Tiger hotel in Columbia on Tuesday evening at the televised announcement that Barack Obama was the projected winner of the 2008 presidential election.
Obama supporters take pictures together to commemorate Election Day at Second Baptist Church in Columbia after Sen. Barack Obama was announced as the President-elect on Tuesday.
Cortneyjo Washington, 24, left and Bessie Prude Smith, 52, center, cheer during a watch party at Second Baptist Church as Sen. Barack Obama was announced as the President-elect on Tuesday night.
President-elect Barack Obama during his acceptance speech at Grant Park in Chicago on Nov. 4, 2008.
President-elect Barack Obama waves after speaking Tuesday at the election night rally in Chicago.
November 4, 2008
Students from Rock Bridge High School and Columbia College rallied on the busy corner of College and University avenues Tuesday night in support of Sen. Barack Obama. They devoted the day to rallying voters in Columbia and getting drivers to honk their support in the last few hours of Missouri polling. They held signs made from bedsheets and handed publicity for the candidate to drivers who opened their windows at the red light.
After a busy day helping 1,165 voters, poll workers from precinct 4E located at St. Andrews Lutheran Church close down for the evening. Polling places stayed open until 7 p.m. in Missouri, though poll workers at St. Andrews said their heaviest crowds came just as they opened in the morning. The precinct’s democratic supervisor, Liz Schmidt, has worked elections for 10 years. She said she enjoys working at the polls because she likes helping people vote.