As Democrat Barack Obama assumes the position of president-elect in the U.S., many Missouri black leaders said this may open doors for a black politician to become a statewide elected official.
Missouri has never elected a black official to a statewide office.
The MU volleyball player is also known for her sarcasm and debate skills.
From Paris to New Delhi to the beaches of Brazil, revelers said Obama's election made them feel more connected to America, and that America, after years of strained relations, seemed suddenly more connected to the world.
The exit poll showed how much the state's mood has changed since 2004. When President George W. Bush carried Missouri four years ago, slightly more than half of voters said the economy was good.
See photos of people gathered to watch election results at The Blue Note, Second Baptist Church and The Tiger hotel.
McCain didn't win the election, but he has the lead in Missouri before counting provisional ballots.
Despite a record number of voters, the system seemed to run smoothly in most states.
Patricia Powell taught at West Junior High School for 20 years but recently added to her list of accomplishments.
In the wake of the historic first that Barack Obama brings to the presidency as an African-American, the Missourian looked at other firsts throughout presidential history.
The Columbia Weavers and Spinners Guild will hold their 19th annual event this weekend.
Some newspapers, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, began printing additional copies as the day went on.
About 95 percent of black voters cast their ballots for Obama, according to exit polls. The historic election brought to their minds the possibility of personal and societal changes.
Big promises under a tough ecomomy will make Obama's job difficult despite the fact the Democrats have majorities in both chambers of Congress.
Although Obama has won the presidency, McCain may collect Missouri's electoral votes; he leads Obama by 5,853 votes with about 7,000 provisional ballots to count.
It will take another month before gamblers can enjoy Missouri casinos without the loss limit in place.
Peter Kinder retained his seat as lieutenant governor while Chris Koster was elected attorney general.
Paul Quinn, Stephen Webber, Chris Kelly, Mary Still and Steve Hobbs will make up Boone County's delegation to the Missouri House of Representatives for the next two years.
Boone County voters opted for Judy Baker with 58 percent of the vote, but in the end Blaine Luetkemeyer collected 50 percent of the vote in the district, which includes all or part of 25 Missouri counties.