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Excitement in Chicago

  • Gavin Hewitt
  • 5 Nov 08, 03:46 AM GMT

The mood in the crowd here at Grant Park is that the election is won. They believe that the projected wins for Obama in Pennsylvania and Ohio have clinched it.

I've just spoken to senior Obama adviser Linda Douglass. She says that the path to the White House for John McCain is now very difficult. She said that yesterday Barack Obama told his closest circle that they had done everything in their power to win.

Even so, it may be some time before we see Barack Obama. He won't appear before polls have closed on the West Coast. Otherwise it disenfranchises Californians.

Confirmation again tonight that the deciding factor was the economy. So many Americans reached the conclusion that the country was on the wrong track and Barack Obama was the candidate of change.

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