Obama after speaking at election night rally in Chicago

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

Last-minute campaigning by students for Obama

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."

Suspect sought in shooting

Police are searching for Grady F. Dortch Jr. in connection with the shooting death of Miles Herd.

Canvassers look through lists of registered voters on Tuesday

Canvassers Katie Barnes, left, Darryl Douglas and Yun Zhang go through lists of registered voters on Election Day 2008 to remind people to vote.

Steve Hobbs mug

Steve Hobbs

Ed Robb

Ed Robb

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly

Mary Still

Mary Still

Kurt Schaefer mug

Kurt Schaefer is the new senator-elect for the 19th District.

Blaine Luetkemeyer

Blaine Luetkemeyer is the U.S. House representative for the Ninth District of Missouri.

Canvassing at Kelly Henke's house

Obama supporter Darryl Douglas canvasses the home of Kelly Henke while her son, Benjamin, 6, and daughter, Sara, 4, look on. Douglas asked registered Democrats in the Fair View neighborhood if they remembered to vote before the polls closed on Tuesday.

Darryl Douglas canvasses in the Fair View neighborhood

Darryl Douglas asks Joe Marshall if he voted while canvassing homes of registered Democratic voters in the Fair View neighborhood of Columbia on Nov. 4, 2008.

Stephen Webber at work in a Columbia neighborhood

Stephen Webber works in a Columbia neighborhood on Election Day, Nov. 4.

Stephen Webber campaigns on Election Day

Stephen Webber, a Democrat who is running unopposed to represent the 23rd District in the Missouri House of Representatives, canvasses in a Columbia neighborhood for other Democratic candidates on Nov. 4, 2008. Already assured of victory, Webber has enjoyed a less stressful campaign. "I've started thinking more about legislation and policy while others are still in campaign mode," he says.

Chris Kelly greets Debbie Efting outside of the Ashland Senior Center

Ashland resident Debbie Efting shakes hands with Missouri House of Representatives candidate Chris Kelly outside of the Ashland Senior Center on Tuesday afternoon. "I've been itching to come vote," Efting said after a hectic day of work at Starbucks, which offered voters free coffee.

Chris Kelly meets Ashland resident Jan Ward

Missouri House of Representatives candidate Chris Kelly walks out to meet and shake hands with Ashland resident Jan Ward outside of the Ashland Senior Center in Ashland on Tuesday afternoon. Kelly arrived at the Ashland polling place at 6 a.m. and said he planned on staying until polls closed to show his gratitude to Ashland's supportive voting community.

Chris Kelly greets Rick McKee on Election Day

Chris Kelly greets Ashland resident Rick McKee on Tuesday afternoon at the Ashland Senior Center. "You got my vote because you were standing out here," McKee told Kelly.

Poll rides on Nov. 4

Adrienne Roncher, left, gets into Jane Whitesides's car after voting at the Missouri Conference Center on Nov. 4, 2008. Whitesides, driving, along with NAACP members Gwyn McKinney and Lily Tinker Fortel, provided rides to the polls for Columbia voters.

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Jaron Baston is one of the loudest talkers when it comes to politics, say several of his teammates. “Jaron, though, he’ll argue about anything,” linebacker Brock Christopher said.

Andrea Heiss

"I begin to study the man directly ahead of me, wondering what his background is."