Early ‘Wash Post’ Analysis of Obama Win

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By: E&P Staff

From The Washington’s early online coverage of the Obama victory, all at www.washingtonpost.com:

Chris Cillizza on The Fix blog: Obama Rides ‘Change’ Message To The Presidency– “Barack Obama’s victory tonight affirms a fundamental re-shaping of the electoral map that has dominated American politics for the better part of the last decade. The Illinois senator capitalized on a strong desire for a shakeup in the status quo and a deep dissatasfaction with the current president and direction of the country to score a historic win across the political landscape. Obama’s victory was both broad and deep; he won hotly contested states in every corner of the country from New Hampshire in the Northeast, and likely Virginia in the South to Ohio in the Midwest and New Mexico in the West.”

News Analysis–Obama Secures Historic Presidential Victory–“Democrat Barack Obama has secured enough electoral votes to be elected the first African-American president of the United States, capping a meteoric rise for the freshman Illinois Senator whose message of change resonated with a remarkably broad cross-section of voters across the country, reports Ben Pershing. Obama, 47, defeated Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) Tuesday by a convincing margin, appearing to hold every state won by Democrats in the 2004 election while making significant inroads into previously Republican states in the South, Midwest and Mountain West. His victory, along with the expansion of Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, gives the party complete control of both the executive and legislative branches for the first time since 1994.”

–‘Ecstasy’ in Chicago Tonight, Says Jesse Jackson–On the ground in Chicago, washingtonpost.com reporter Ed O’Keefe interviewed the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Asked if his son Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) should throw his name into the mix to replace Obama should the current senator win the presidency, Jackson paused, smiled and said, “I will not address that issue and I do approve that message,” before laughing and turning away.

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