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Attorney general-elect Chris Koster speaks [Photo]

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 election [Photo]

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.

Red states go blue in 2008 presidential race [Graphic]

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 awaits election results on Tuesday night [Photo]

Doris Cheatum, left, awaits poll results during the 2008 presidential watch party at The Tiger hotel in Columbia on Tuesday evening.

Democratic state Senate candidate Chuck Graham talks with friends on Tuesday night [Photo]

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.

Lyn Williams reacts to the Obama election news in Columbia [Photo]

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.

Church members celebrate election results [Photo]

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.

Reaction to election results at The Tiger [Photo]

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.

Blue Note election watch party [Photo]

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.

An emotional night at Second Baptist Church [Photo]

Brittney Cox, 22 leans on her fiance, Byron Wilson, 23, during a watch party at Second Baptist Church in Columbia.

Almeta Crayton at a 2008 election watch party [Photo]

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.

Celebration at Obama watch party at Second Baptist Church [Photo]

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.

Obama watch party at Second Baptist Church [Photo]

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.

Barack Obama in Chicago on Tuesday night [Photo]

President-elect Barack Obama during his acceptance speech at Grant Park in Chicago on Nov. 4, 2008.

Obama after speaking at election night rally in Chicago [Photo]

President-elect Barack Obama waves after speaking Tuesday at the election night rally in Chicago.

Students rally for Obama [Audio]

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.

Polls close in Columbia [Video]

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.

Voters cast ballots at MU's Life Sciences Center [Slideshow]

More than 1,600 voters cast their ballot at MU's Life Sciences Center on Election Day.

Last-minute campaigning by students for Obama [Photo]

Hannah Pingelton, 17, does some last-minute Obama campaigning at College and Broadway on Tuesday. Students from Hickman High School, Rock Bridge High School, Stephens College and Columbia College held a banner off the intersection's bridge that read, "Don't take a bridge to nowhere; vote Obama."

Last-minute voters talk at the Family Health Center [Audio]

Last-minute voters at the Family Health Center say the news media did not influence how they voted. 
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