As recount looms, Coleman's lead narrows Republican Norm Coleman is claiming victory in Minnesota's Senate race. But it could be weeks before the state has an official winner. Coleman's lead over Democrat Al Franken is now just 475 votes out of 2.9 million cast. The margin is so narrow it has triggered an automatic recount.5:20 p.m.
After Obama Win, Washington Reflects
People at Washington's Lincoln Memorial and other places in the city offer their views on the result of the 2008 presidential election. Democrat Barack Obama defeated Republican John McCain to become the first African-American president in the nation's history.
Barack Obama Names Transition Team
President-elect Barack Obama has named John Podesta, Valerie Jarrett and Pete Rauss co-chairs of his transition team. He has also named William Daley, Carol Browner, Federico Pena and Janet Napolitano to his advisory panel. Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel has been offered the job of White House chief of staff.
Pelosi Pledges To Work With House GOP
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said her party's first order of business was a lame-duck session to enact another economic stimulus package. She talks about her plans to work with the Republican minority. Democrats are on a path to win up to 20 House seats.
Obama Win, GOP Losses Examined
David Brooks of The New York Times says there is little evidence voters have bought the liberal agenda, but notes the GOP could take up to 15 years to recover. E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post calls Barack Obama both practical and progressive.
Black Voters Reflect On Obama's Historic Win
In many states, black voters were a bedrock of support for Barack Obama. In Guildford County, home of the historically black North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, young black voters turned out in force.
Obama's Win Marks New Chapter In Black History
Bryan Monroe, editorial director of Ebony and Jet magazines, says Barack Obama's victory shows the conversation on race can now be had more "as equal partners." Mary Frances Berry, a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, says Obama has benefited from the path set by the likes of Tiger Woods and Condoleezza Rice.
In Kenya, Obama Win Sparks Celebration
In the western Kenyan town of Kisumu, there have been all-night parties to watch the results of the U.S. election. The town is the provincial capital of the region that is home to Barack Obama's Kenyan relatives.
Latino Voters Gave Obama Boost In Key States
Latino participation in the election increased dramatically in the Western states Democrats targeted. The Obama campaign, Spanish-language media outlets and unions pushed hard to get out the vote in Latino communities and the effort may have given him an edge.
How Obama Mapped Out His Path To Power
President-elect Barack Obama has followed an extraordinary path that lifted him from the category of "flash in the pan" first-term senator to the Oval Office in less than four years. His well-organized campaign always seemed to know how to respond to crises.
Economic Crisis, Palin May Have Cost McCain
John McCain faced long odds in the presidential election, but his advisers say he stood a chance until the global economic meltdown. His handling of the crisis lost him support. And his choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate affected his campaign.