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Junior AnnElyse Gibbons only wants two things after Tuesday’s election: to sleep and catch up on homework. As president of Students for Baron Hill, an executive board member of
IU Students for Barack Obama and secretary for the IU College
Democrats, campaign season has been busy for her. President of IU College Democrats Anna Strand also said the campaign
has affected her sleep cycle, limiting her to a few hours a night.
Regardless of the outcome in today’s elections, there will be a first in Washington next January. Either the first black man will be president or the first woman will be
vice president, capping what might be the most ground-breaking election
in America’s history. But these firsts don’t come without risks and challenges for each candidate’s constituents.
INDIANAPOLIS – John McCain is counting on Indiana. In a final plea to Hoosiers on Monday, McCain urged about 5,000
supporters to show up to the polls in a fiery and aggressive speech on
election eve on the runway at the Indianapolis International Airport.SLIDESHOW: Students vote early TuesdayMAP: Polling locationsPodcast: Hoosier Headlines
Students at Read Center are showing up to vote in force today, and a quick glance into other voting centers shows the same result.UPDATE: Assembly Hall poll stations moved from South Lobby to North Lobby
Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama joined voters eager to
cast ballots on Tuesday before making one last pitch for supporters to
turn out for their historic presidential contest.
Democratic Sen. Barack Obama flew to Indianapolis late Tuesday morning
to surprise some voters with a round of last-minute phone calls.
Obama arrived at Indianapolis International Airport around 10:30 a.m.
and headed to a nearby United Auto Workers Local 550 “Get Out the Vote”
call center. He stayed there about 45 minutes and made 13 phone calls.
Democrats counted on solidifying their thin leadership grip on the
Senate as voters flocked to the polls Tuesday to fill 35 Senate seats.
Embattled Republicans braced for losses but hoped they would be modest
Democrats were optimistic that the only two Democratic senators who
will lose their Senate seats as a result of the national elections will
be Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
The stage is set. And the supporters are certainly beyond ready.
All of Chicago seems anxious, hoping their Illinois senator will claim
victory in a historic election before giving a speech in Grant Park
downtown later tonight. Results are just beginning to pour in from
states with polls that close the earliest- including Indiana.
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is closing in on the magic number to clinch the election, early results indicate.
Indiana voters split nearly down the middle in what was perhaps the
closest race in the nation between Barack Obama and John McCain.
Obama was close to snapping Indiana’s streak of backing Republican
presidential nominees for 10 straight elections, but counting continued
late Tuesday as unofficial vote tallies by The Associated Press showed
him holding a lead of about 8,000 votes out of some 2.6 million cast.
INDIANAPOLIS – Democratic Sen. Barack Obama flew to Indianapolis late
Tuesday morning to surprise some voters with a round of last-minute
IU students turned out Tuesday to debunk the stereotype of college students as apathetic citizens.
INDIANAPOLIS – An envelope containing a CD with a sticker reading
“anthrax sample” and a biohazard sign over what appeared to be a sugar
packet was mailed to The Indianapolis Star.
Tuesday morning started at 3:30 for senior Anna Strand.
Strand, the President of IU College Democrats, woke up, took a shower
and went to the local Obama headquarters office, where she directed
more than 100 volunteers throughout the day.
As the electoral votes leaned toward Barack Obama Tuesday night,
Chelsea Kane, chairwoman of IU College Republicans, said she had
expected more from her fellow Americans.
“It’s very disturbing,” Kane said. “It looks like Obama is going to take the election, unfortunately.”
IU is often recognized as America’s college town for its basketball
team, Little 500 and partying tendencies, but MSNBC chose to visit for
a different reason Tuesday night: political activism on campus.
NBC correspondent Luke Russert broadcast live from the Frangipani Room
in the Indiana Memorial Union while the election numbers came through.
He said he and the network chose IU because of Indiana’s swing state
status and the political interest on campus.
As local Republicans ate h’ordeurves and refreshments on election
night, one thing was on everyone’s mind: straight-ticket voters.
Monroe County Democrats celebrated the end of a historic election
Tuesday night by watching the election results at the county
headquarters and at Rachael’s Café on East Third Street.
INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Mitch Daniels has once again been crowned governor of Indiana.
CHICAGO – Yes they did.
The chant shouted Tuesday night was only a two-word modification of the
one yelled throughout the previous 21 months of Barack Obama’s campaign.
But the difference was enormous.
Shortly before midnight, Obama took center stage in Grant Park and
greeted thousands of screaming supporters as the next president of the