Barack Obama has been elected the first black president of the United States.
Here Republican and Democratic voters from across the US reflect on the results and look to the future.
Student | Republican
I have an entrepreneurial spirit and graduate school next summer. I am like Joe the Plumber
"I am concerned about our security and economic future because of the Pelosi-Obama-Reid triangle - the speaker of the House, the Senate majority leader, and the president all being Democrats.
Lives: Cleveland, Georgia
Occupation: Student writer
Last election voted:
In 10 words or fewer: Strong-willed, honest, political junkie, patriotic, ambitious and funny
The anti-business climate is most troubling. Obama ran on higher taxes for business and suspending tax cuts for 'the rich'. Younger people in my circle may struggle with unemployment. They may have to settle for less than they dream until this time passes.
I'm in the same position. I have an entrepreneurial spirit and graduate school next summer. I am like Joe the Plumber. Did you see what happened to him? I worry about the economic survival of friends and family members with small businesses.
Three things helped Obama. The mainstream media campaigned for the Democratic Party. The electorate did not receive accurate information. Many non-taxpayers voted to increase the burden on taxpayers.
This past summer foreshadows next year. The Democratic Congress has momentum to raise the retail cost of petrol through industry regulations, increased taxes and restrictions on the free market.
As for the Republican Party, I believe we have shaken out the dross. The elite conservatives abandoned us. Elitism fighting against the working and middle class was an ugly aspect of this election that cut across party lines. It showed in the mainstream media's and the Democratic Party's attack on Sarah Palin and Joe 'the plumber' Wurzelbacher."
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