WASHINGTON (AP) -- Barack Obama has been elected president of the United States, the first African-American elevated to the White House.
With victories in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and other battleground states, Obama built a commanding lead over his Republican rival, John McCain.
Obama surged in the polls amid a national financial crisis, campaigning as the candidate of change. He and his fellow Democrats sought to link McCain to the unpopular George W. Bush.
The son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas, Obama soared into the national spotlight after his electrifying speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, when he was making his first run for the Senate.
Emphasizing his early opposition to the Iraq war, he defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton after a long, bruising primary fight. He then beat back Republican efforts to portray him as reckless, naive and inexperienced. He also had to combat Internet misinformation questioning his religion and patriotism.
As he fought to become president, Obama attracted millions of first-time voters -- and brought the historic American election to the attention of the entire world.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Knox County Charter Amendment 3 barely passes with 100 percent of the vote counted in Knox County.
The amendment reduces the size of Knox County commission from 19 to 11 with two commissioners elected at-large. The amendment also imposes an anti-nepotism policy.
Incumbent State Senator Jamie Woodson, incumbent State Representative Joe Armstrong, incumbent State Representative Bill Dunn, incumbent State Representative Frank Nicely have all won re-election, Volunteer TV News projects.
Volunteer TV News also projects that Charter Amendments 1 and 2 will pass.
Charter Amendment 3 is still too close to call.
Charter Amendment 4 will fail, Volunteer TV News projects.
Volunteer TV News projects that Richard "Bud" Armstrong has won Knox Commission Seat 8A.
Incumbent congressmen John Duncan, Jr. and Zach Wamp win easily.
CBS News projects that Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama will win in the swing state of Ohio.
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As the polls close in West Virginia, WVLT & CBS can project that Senator John McCain will claim the electoral votes for that state.
Volunteer TV News and CBS News can now make the following projections:
Barack Obama has won the state of Vermont.
John McCain has won the commonwealth of Kentucky
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