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Obama’s Victory Speech

Words used in Obama's victory speech

A hat tip to Matt Durning for creating the above Wordle visualization of Obama’s election night victory speech.

In case you missed the speech, check it out here.

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Michigan’s Interesting Ballots

Michigan voters turned out at polling places to pass two heated state ballot measures.

One was to loosen restrictions on stem cell research, while the other was to legalize medical marijuana.

Find more info on these at the Detroit Free Press.

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Gay Rights – How Other States Voted

Besides Prop 8 in California, several other states went to the ballot box to vote on gay rights issues tonight. The following results are based on CNN Election Center data.

In Arizona, voters decided on Prop 102, which is a ban on gay marriage.  56% voted for the ban and 44% voted against.

Arkansas had Initiative 1, which is a ban on gay couples adopting children.  57% voted for and 43% voted against.

Floridians voted on Amendment 2, a ban on gay marriage.  62% voted yes, 38% voted no.

As reported earlier, Prop 8 in California, which would eliminate the right for same sex couples to marry has passed.

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Prop 8 Passing

With 60% of the vote tallied, according the the CA Secretary of State, 53.1% has voted “yes” on Prop 8, while 46.9% has voted “no”.

Prop 8 Eliminates the right of same sex couples to marry.

As earlier reported, the spending on the Proposition exceeded $70 million, almost evenly split between those for and those opposed.  Of this money, 30% came from out-of-state.

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House Rules for Democrats

With 16 seats still undecided the U.S. House of Representatives will be controlled by the Democrats for the next term.

After tonight, 250 Democrats will hold seats in the House compared to 169 for the Republicans.

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Democrats Control Senate

With four Senate races still undecided, the Democrats now control 56 seats.  The Republicans control 40. Some of the major races, those where states changed parties, where reported earlier.

Power changed hands from a Republican to a Democrat in this year’s Senate race in the following states:

In Colorado Mark Udall won, while his cousin Tom won in New Mexico.  In Virginia, Mark Warner won.  In North Carolina, Kay Hagan won, and in New Hampshire, Jeanne Shaheen takes over.

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No Rest for the Weary

Now that Barack Obama is the new President Elect, he’s got his work cut out for him.

Due to the current economic crisis, two wars, and a smattering of other tough issues, Obama is going to meet with his transition team tomorrow at noon.

Past President Elects have usually enjoyed a brief honeymoon after a campaign season.

Among Obama’s most pressing issues are appointing an economic security team and assuming the role of Commander-in-Chief, according to analysts.

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McCain Concedes

BY DANIEL MCGLYNN //  Senator John McCain, in a teary-eyed speech, conceded the presidential race to now President-Elect Barack Obama.

McCain spoke respectfully of Obama’s persistence and said he recognized that this was a historic election and a special night for African Americans.

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Obama takes Midwest, McCain Claims South

Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan all go to Obama.

Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, and Oklahoma go to McCain.

Polls are closing on the West Coast and votes are being counted in western mountain states.

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SLIDE SHOW: Election Day in El Cerrito


Voters got out early. Campaigns continued for one last day. Signs filled the streets, walls and lawns. Read the full story

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