Obama is President-Elect

Barack Obama has won.

Thousands of the president-elect's supporters welcomed his election Tuesday night in a joyous victory celebration at Chicago's Grant Park.

The park where police fought anti-war protesters during the turbulent 1968 Democratic convention - was transformed by white tents and a stage lined with American flags and hung with red, white and blue bunting.

Texans showed the Lone Star State is still very much a Republican stronghold both in presidential politics and further down the ballot.

Voters across the United States elected Democratic Senator Barack Obama Tuesday as the 44th President of the United States - the first African- American to ever hold the position. Obama addressed tens of thousands of fans in Chicago's Grant Park Tuesday night - shortly after Republican rival Senator John McCain called Obama to concede the race just after 11 p-m eastern time - just moments after the television networks and wire services declared him the winner.

Shortly after McCain delivered his concession speech in Phoenix, Arizona, Obama talked to a jubilant crowd in Illinois.

Democrat Barack Obama became the nation's first black president in a resounding national victory.  But Republican John McCain won the 34 electoral votes in Texas -- continuing a string of GOP victories going back three decades.  No Democrat running for president has won Texas since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

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