By Rod McKenzie
Editor, Radio 1 Newsbeat, Scranton, Pennsylvania
Newsbeat has been following the US election campaign since it began and with Barack Obama winning the presidency our team was in the States to get reaction to his historic victory. Rod McKenzie reports from one battleground state.
Obama makes victory speech
It was midnight in Molly Brannigan's Irish pub in Scranton, Pennsylvania when Obama finally spoke.
"He's a good listener," one of the Democrat Party workers there confided to her friend - but it was they who were doing the listening.
Tensions were raised amongst voters as the results came in
By then, of course, Obama was claiming his prize as 44th president of the United States, to an ecstatic and adoring crowd at Chicago's Grant Park.
Earlier in the night, Pennsylvania - a key swing state, had gone Obama: it felt like a pivotal moment. Although it didn't clinch victory… that came later.
Now with a few beers and the odd cocktail inside them, the joy and relief among the party workers here was tangible.
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