An advertisement for the Evening Standard newspaper is pictured in front of Big Ben on November 5, 2008 in Westminster, London. The paper has produced a special edition which concentrates on Barack Obama's victory in the U.S. presidential election. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
President, U.S. Senate, Congress, and the Minnesota House of Representatives are the major races in the campaign of 2008. This is the first presidential election without an incumbent or sitting vice president involved since 1952.
The 2008 election and the religion gap
When the word Muslim came up in the political rhetoric, it was most often used to try to frighten voters into shunning Obama. Eboo Patel, a Muslim and an interfaith activist, talks about what the 2008 election meant to him both in rhetoric and results.
Eboo Patel: Founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core. He writes The Faith Divide, a featured blog for the Washington Post. His book "Acts of Faith" is just out in paperback.