Wednesday, November 03, 2004

The Daily Northwestern - Obama elected Senator

The Daily Northwestern - Obama elected Senator: "CHICAGO -- Democratic State Sen. Barack Obama trounced Republican candidate Alan Keyes in the contest to become the United States' only black senator.

Obama defeated the conservative Maryland talk-show host with about three-fourths of the vote in a race that had long been expected to swing in his favor.
'I don't know about you, but I'm still fired up,' Obama said as he stepped on the stage at his victory party. His speech focused on renewal of hope and trust in government, which he hopes to create.
During his speech, Obama was careful to note that he does not assume his landslide victory means support across the state.
'I'm not going to be under the illusion that all of the people of Illinois agree with me on every one of my policies,' Obama said at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, where his campaign party was held. 'We will not be measured by the margin of our victory, but whether we can provide concrete improvements to the lives of the people in this state.'
Obama's wife, Michelle, said that his victory was unexpected when he began the race."


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