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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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OK, you got the job…now what?

The next supreme leader of the United States should take the oath of office with his sleeves rolled up. The few seconds required for the Chief Justice of the United States to swear him in are about all he will have to enjoy before beginning to wonder why in heaven's name he thought running for this office was a good idea.


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A real November surprise

Here's a November surprise: what pols promise during campaigns really tends to guide what they do once elected.

Political candidates, at least those elected to Congress in recent years, do at least try to follow up on most of the priorities they claim in their campaign ads, according to a new study by an Illinois political scientist.


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