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What now for Sarah Palin?

Can Sarah Palin go home again?

In the 68 days since Alaska's governor began her run for vice president, things have changed on the home front. Some of her former allies are fuming, and former enemies are lying in wait. Public perceptions of the governor have also changed. Has the governor changed as well?

Questions about Palin's future began to circulate at Alaska's Election Central on Tuesday night almost as soon as the national election results came in.


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Young voters helped Obama win

Rafi Zelikowsky skipped class on Tuesday to camp out in downtown Chicago and wait for Barack Obama, the man who captured the hearts of so many young voters.

"We're feeding off the energy," said Zelikowsky, a 19-year-old Northwestern University student from Los Angeles who arrived at 7:30 a.m. EST to stand in a long line outside the park where supporters awaited Obama's victory address more than 15 hours later. Zelikowsky, who voted for Obama by absentee ballot in California, also spent her previous weekend canvassing for the Illinois senator in rural Iowa.
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Democrats pick up at least five Senate seats

Democrats fattened their majority control of the Senate on Tuesday, ousting Republican Sens. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina and John Sununu of New Hampshire and capturing seats held by retiring GOP senators in Virginia, New Mexico and Colorado.

Piggybacking on the excitement level raised by presidential victor Barack Obama and his voter-registration and get-out-the-vote drives, Democrats increased their effective majority to at least 56 seats in the 100-member Senate.

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‘Yes we can!’

Barack Obama swept to victory as the nation's first black president Tuesday night in an electoral college landslide that overcame racial barriers as old as America itself. "Change has come," he declared to a huge throng of cheering supporters.

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What a long, strange trip it’s been

America's longest, most expensive, most polled, most scrutinized, most studied presidential campaign comes to an end Tuesday with unexpected candidates on the ballot.

In 2005, Republican Party insiders expected Sen. George Allen of Virginia most likely to be the nominee. His biggest selling point: He was the candidate who most resembled George W. Bush. Today, Allen is out of the Senate and the president is virtually in hiding.


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Voters line up to deliver history

Long lines have formed as polls open in Eastern states as Barack Obama's bid to become the first black president faced the final test of his remarkable two-year journey Tuesday, while Republican John McCain pressed for an Election Day upset.

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Barack and John’s excellent adventure

By the time you read this column, there's a good chance that you'll be already beginning to think about the election of 2008 in the past tense. And many Americans may join you in relief at watching this campaign fade into history. I suppose I will, too.


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