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In pictures: Election result reaction

Barack Obama and his family arrive on stage for his election night victory rally at Grant Park

Democratic Senator Barack Obama has been elected the first black president of the United States.

Obama and family

Several states reported very high turnout. It was predicted 130 million Americans, or more, would vote - more than for any election since 1960.

andidate John McCain concedes defeat

His rival John McCain accepted defeat, saying "I deeply admire and commend" Mr Obama. He called on his supporters to lend the next president their goodwill.

Obama supporters celebrate as they hear Illinois has been called for their candidate

Mr Obama captured the key battleground states of Pennsylvania and Ohio, before breaking through the winning threshold of 270 electoral college votes at 0400 GMT

Obama supporters gather in Grant Park, Chicago

Thousands came to Grant Park, Chicago, where Mr Obama addressed an election-night rally.

Barack Obama

Obama said: "If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible..."

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama cheer his victory

...who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer."

Barack Obama and his wife Michelle

Obama added: "The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. But America - I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there."

Obama supporters in Grant Park during an election-night gathering

The mood was upbeat as the results were called. A million people were expected to attend the Grant Park event.

Grant Park, Chicago

Mr Obama appeared with his family, and his running mate Joe Biden, before the huge crowd.

Gene Rounds dances as he attends an outdoor election-night gathering to watch the returns of the US presidential election come in on 125th Street in the Harlem district of New York City

Many Americans said they felt they were voting in a historic election, not least because of the possibility of choosing the first African-American president.

Rev Jesse Jackson

Some, including the Rev Jesse Jackson, were overwhelmed by the momentous occasion.

People celebrate in New York's Times Square as Barrack Obama is confirmed as President Elect of United States of America.

Democratic supporters celebrate across the country, here in Times Square, New York.

Israeli-American supporters of Barack Obama

Around the globe supporters of Barack Obama celebrate as news filters through.

Residents of Kogello

Residents of Kogello, the village in Kenya where Obama's father was born, dance during the night.

Celebrating in Paris

In Paris celebrations spill onto the streets.

Flanked by his wife Cindy and his running mate Sarah Palin, McCain addressed his supporters in Phoenix.

For the Republicans the night ended in defeat. Flanked by his wife Cindy and his running mate Sarah Palin, McCain addressed his supporters in Phoenix.

A Republican in Phoenix

McCain said: "We fought as hard as we could. And though we fell short, the failure is mine, not yours."

Sarah Palin leaves the stage

McCain praised his running mate, Sarah Palin. He said she is, "one of the best campaigners I have ever seen, and an impressive new voice in our party for reform."

President George Bush

Republican President George Bush called Obama to congratulate him on his victory, he said: "You are about to go on one of the great journeys of life. Congratulations and go enjoy yourself."

Barack Obama

But the night belonged to Barack Obama who admitted: "The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. But America - I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there."



Electoral College votes

Winning post 270
Obama - Democrat
365
McCain - Republican
173
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