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WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2008 – Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., won 270 Electoral Votes, enough to win the White House and become the first black president in the country’s history.

Obama defeated Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., after an epic battle that approached nearly two years. Voter turnout in this year’s election is expected to be among the largest on record, and voter registration increased by seven percent since the 2004 presidential election.

McCain’s night began badly when Obama won the swing state of Pennsylvania. It only worsened when Obama picked up Ohio, a state that went for President Bush in 2004, and helped decide that election.

Among the states called for Obama are Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. States called for McCain so far include West Virginia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama and Georgia.

At the same time, Democrats claimed big victories in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Democrats haven’t held the White House and both houses of Congress since the 1990s when Bill Clinton was the president.

“While the end of the current era of Republican mismanagement may be good news in many respects, this is no cause for complacency for anyone concerned about American liberty and America’s place in the world,” Libertarian Presidential Candidate Bob Barr wrote last week. “Obama, despite his eloquent call for reform, has demonstrated that he, like other politicians, is ever ready to trim his sails to gain a few votes.

“Obama’s rhetoric is uplifting and positive, but the Senator who showed genuine foresight and courage in opposing the Iraq war spent most of the primary season edging away from his initial tough stand,” Barr added. “Will he order the troops to exit Iraq? Will he bring them all home, or simply shift them from Iraq to another foreign country?”

Interestingly, a number of polls in recent days confirmed a liberal media bias.

More than half of voters think the media “tried to help” Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., win the presidential election, according to Rasmussen Reports. In all, 51 percent of voters “say most reporters have tried to help Barack Obama win the presidency,” and 7 percent of voters think the media tried to help Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., win the White House.

At the same time, 31 percent of voters believe reporters “offered unbiased coverage” and 10 percent were undecided, according to the poll, a national telephone survey.

A second poll, by the Center for Media and Public Affairs, found that since the party conventions kicked off the final phase of the presidential campaign, comments about Obama on the network evening news shows have been 65 percent positive, compared to only 36 percent positive comments about McCain.

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