Coleman leads Franken in tight Senate race Republican Sen. Norm Coleman finished ahead of Democrat Al Franken early Wednesday in the final vote count, but his 727-vote margin falls within the state's mandatory recount law. MPR's Tom Scheck updates the race.7:20 a.m.
About half of school levies pass in Minnesota Voters in more than 50 school districts throughout Minnesota faced questions on the ballot Tuesday regarding school funding. Most of those questions asked for a property tax increase, and the results have come in almost split.7:40 a.m.
Minn. voter turnout falls short of the record Minnesota voters packed the polls yesterday. About 2.8 million people voted, about the same number that showed up at the polls in 2004. While they came short of breaking a record, it's still destined to be one of the best turnouts in the nation, if not the best.7:50 a.m.
Black voters celebrate historic Obama victory A group of black Democrats gathered in a Minneapolis restaurant on Election Night to watch the returns and cheer on local black candidates. But the main event was the race between Barack Obama and John McCain. By the end of the night, they all saw what many thought they'd never see in their lifetimes, an African American elected to the highest office in the country.7:55 a.m.
A review of Bob Dylan's election night concert The election of Barack Obama as America's first African-American President was a historic occasion. One of the more interesting places to experience that history was Northrup Auditorium on the campus of the University of Minnesota. That's where Bob Dylan performed a concert which began shortly after the polls closed in Minnesota.8:55 a.m.
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Barack Obama Wins Historic Election
Barack Obama is promising supporters that "change has come." After his historic election as the nation's first black president, Obama promised to be a president for all Americans — including those who voted against him. In Arizona, McCain told disappointed supporters, "The American people have spoken, and spoken clearly."
Exit Polls: Economy Dominated Issues
Analysts will be going over exit polls for some time to come. There is valuable information to be gleaned from them. More than six in 10 voters picked the economy as the most important issue facing the nation.
Civil Rights Hero Proud Of Obama's Victory
Congressman John Lewis of Atlanta faced no general election opposition and was re-elected unanimously. Lewis, a civil rights hero, was an ardent Barack Obama supporter. Lewis said Tuesday night "was an unbelievable night."
Champagne Corks Pop In Paris For Obama
The crowd watching the election returns at a party across from the Eiffel Tower erupted in cheers when the U.S. presidential race was called early Wednesday morning. As the champagne came out, some Barack Obama supporters said they still can't believe he won.
Germans Hopeful Of New U.S. Relationship
Last summer, more than 200,000 Germans saw Democrat Barack Obama speak in Berlin. They hope that as president, Obama will revitalize a relationship that most Germans hold dear.
Democrats Score In Push To Expand Majority
Democrats have increased their effective majority to at least 56 seats in the 100-member Senate. They did not turn over a single Senate seat to Republicans. All Democratic incumbents on the ballot prevailed.
Reid: Voters Want Congress To Get Things Done
When Barack Obama and running mate Joe Biden take their oath of office on Jan. 20, Democrats will control both the White House and Congress for the first time since 1994. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada tells Steve Inskeep that voters want change, and they want Congress to get things done.
Asian Markets Trading Higher On Obama Win
Japan's main index ended the day up more than 4 percent. Hong Kong rallied more than 3 percent. Stock markets in Australia, South Korea and China also ended the day sharply higher. Some analysts say a Barack Obama administration is likely to boost spending to stimulate the economy, and that could be good for Asian exporters.
Fixing The Economy Is Job One For Obama
Fixing the economy appears to be the No. 1 mandate from voters. President-elect Barack Obama will have his work cut out for him. David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal tells Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep that he expects Obama to make some key decisions as early as this month.
Obama Stocks Win In Predictions Market
If you had invested money in Barack Obama, you would have made a profit. Stocks in Obama and John McCain — or, rather, their chances of winning — have been trading on a political futures market called Intrade. Millions of dollars have poured in to this prediction market. Investors are already placing bids for the U.S. presidential race in 2012.