While a few states–Georgia, Missouri, and Virginia–remain to close to call, Democrat Barack Obama won a major victory last night. Obama became the nation’s 44th president–and first black president–by a substantial margin (338 to 168 electoral votes). In addition, the Democrats gained seats in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Here in Michigan, Obama won 57% of the votes compared to 41% for McCain with 99% of precincts reporting. Third parties did not gain a substantial number of votes, with independent candidate Ralph Nader receiving the most votes at 33,207. Following Nader, the next highest vote getter was Libertarian Bob Barr with 23,871. Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney received only 9,081 votes.
USA Today is reporting that Barack Obama won Kent County by a slim but significant margin. They have Obama at 49.4% (149,855 votes) and McCain at 48.9% (148,305). In 2004, Republican George W. Bush won by an almost 19% margin.