Before a crowd of nearly a quarter-million supporters, the nation's 44th president, Barack Obama, gave his victory speech.

Emotions ran high as Americans, both black and white, young and old, gathered in Chicago's Grant Park to listen to the first African-American President of the United States as he said, "It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election at this defining moment, change has come to America."

Born to a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas, Obama garnered 52% of the popular votes to opponent John McCain's 47%.

Obama and Vice-Presidential running mate, Joe Biden, tallied a total of 349 electoral votes, 270 are needed to win, to the McCain/Sarah Palin ticket of 163 votes.

The election to office of the Democrat from Illinois, brings to an end about a 232-year history of white presidents and an eight-year reign of Republicans in control of the White House.

Although Louisiana cast 59% of its votes for Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, versus the 40% for Obama, it seemed a Democrat's night for the taking.

Democrat Mary Landrieu walked away with 52% of the U.S. Senate's votes, in her third term for the state of Louisiana, defeating Republican John Kennedy's 46% of the votes.

Republicans capped a victory in the 6th Congressional District, as State Senator Bill Cassidy won 150,226 of the Louisiana votes (48%); Don Cazayoux brought in 125,716 votes (40%); and No Party candidate Michael Jackson trailed third with 36,133 votes (12%) for the congressional seat race.

Obama and Biden will take their oaths of office in January 2009.

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