CNN projection: Obama elected president

CNN projection: Obama elected president
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First Published: Wed, Nov 05 2008. 09 26 AM IST
Updated: Wed, Nov 05 2008. 09 26 AM IST
AFP
Washington: Americans elected Democrat Barack Obama as their first black president Tuesday, in a transformational election which will reshape US politics and reposition the United States on the world stage.
Obama, 47, will be inaugurated the 44th US president on January 20, 2009, and inherit an economy mired in the worst financial crisis since the 1930s, two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and a nuclear showdown with Iran.
Television networks projected his victory over Republican John McCain after Senator Obama solidified traditional Democratic states and cut deep into the Republican territory which his rival needed to control to win the White House.
Obama’s historic inauguration will complete a stunning ascent to the pinnacle of US and global pld have been the oldest man ever inaugurated for a first term in the White House.
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First Published: Wed, Nov 05 2008. 09 26 AM IST