Barack Obama elected president

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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  • by Home Location: Home on Nov 7, 2008 at 05:48 PM
    What and the crap is wrong with single minded people?? I voted for Obama b/c I did not want 4 years of the crap we have had the last 8. We had a Republican in office that did nothing for 8 years. Look how everything is now, economy and everything. 10 billion dollars a month is going to Iraq, for what?? Color is not the issue. If it is then why did Obama win in a landslide?? The election was not even close. I guess the other million or so that voted for him is wrong too?? Just b/c someone votes Democrate does not mean they are damned for Hell!! GOD did not make us to judge others but he did say we would be judged by the way we treat others. That's the problem with single minded people. Obama rocks!!
  • by 1Nation1God Location: U.S.A. on Nov 6, 2008 at 10:45 PM
    Obama made history, because he is what America needs at this time. Just from the looks of some of these comments proves just that. We are so divided. Everyone wants to talk about the PAST, but not the future. Those who feel Obama is wrong for America are fixed upon the past. People make mistakes, I know that, we all have chosen at one time or another to associate with some not so great people, but when you correct it, and become a better person you should be rewarded for who you've become. Obama loves EVERYONE! We are all created equal by the same God, and yes that means black white hispanic gay straight you name it. He (God) loves everyone too. It's time for those of you who doubt Obama to start opening your minds and your hearts and then you'll see that you too can become more God-like by letting others into your life regardless of any differences. We are ONE Nation under ONE GOD! God is happy because he sees a nation of hope, and sees people of all walks coming together!
  • by CONCERNED Location: JEFFERSONCITY on Nov 6, 2008 at 07:34 PM
    It is a very sad time. The world is in bad enough shape without putting a President in like we have now got. What is wrong with this world.
  • by Rosemary Location: Crossville on Nov 6, 2008 at 05:46 PM
    I posted some comments yesterday, why am I not listed, is this another liberal way the news media does their job?
  • by Marshall Location: Harrogate on Nov 6, 2008 at 04:08 PM
    OBAMA ROCKS!!! It is great to once again have an intelligent person to lead and represent our great country which was founded on the ideals of religius freedom and equality for all. We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal. Oh yeah, and judge not lest ye be judged.
  • by Rita Location: Knoxville on Nov 6, 2008 at 01:46 PM
    Perhaps someone can help me understand how Obama is considered black....yes, is partially but his Mother was white. I did not vote for him as I am a Republican but I pray I am wrong about being so concerned about the path the Dems will take our country and pray that Obama will be the leader that his stump and acceptance speaches described rather than his past votes, associations and actions.
  • by diana Location: tazewell on Nov 6, 2008 at 01:27 PM
    I did not vote for obama but, God Sits up kings and puts down kings, obama went in because that is what God wanted, God has a plan read the bible!
  • by Jennifer on Nov 6, 2008 at 01:14 PM
    It is a sad time in America. I think God has finally decided to give people what they want, and I am not saying that as a good thing. People wanted change, well let me to you that as a Christian we should all be scared. Change will come, but in the way of our Christian rights being taken away. God had no part in deciding this president to lead. Times will not get better, I am sure they will only get worse.
  • by james Location: texas on Nov 5, 2008 at 07:22 PM
    Wow, the ignorance of the people who decide to post comments amazes me. People PLEASE get your American history correct before you post comments concerning our past. White Americans prevented blacks the right to vote by imposing illegal poll taxes and literacy tests to black Americans who could not read nor write and neither could they afford any "tax." If you are going to post opinions, please at least get the information correct.
  • by Bob Location: Seymour on Nov 5, 2008 at 04:13 PM
    This election has reminded me very strongly of something: I love this country. Our American ideals are more than mere words, and now we've demonstrated that to ourselves and the to the whole world.
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