By Melissa Bounoua
Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States. At the Blue Note, where the Democratic watch party happened, the atmosphere became crazy tonight. “Yes we can, yes we can” While singing, supporters and Obama campaign staff enjoyed the happy end of one year and a half of campaigning.
However, Barack Obama didn’t win Missouri (49,3%) against John McCain (49,4%) with a difference of only 413 votes. It is only the second time for one century that Missouri doesn’t pick the president elected.
Democratic supporters watching Obama's speech at the Blue Note
Supporters after the Blue Note watch party.
In front of the Obama speech at the Blue Note, downtown Columbia
Chris Wegan, 23, cook at the University Club, "We did it, we did it, what a moment, I am so happy."
On the Republican side, earlier in the afternoon, the College Republican Chairman at Mizzou, Jonathan Ratliff said that “he was confident“. And it turned out that Missouri won’t be a blue State for the next four years.
It was not that hard to predict Obama would be elected. But still, it was daring to make t-shirts picturing him as a winner before the 4th. In Chicago streets, “Yes we did” t-shirts were on sales even before Barack Obama’s victory speech. The first Black President’s election already benefits to the economy!
in Grant Park, Chicago
Toorsten Stiig Jansen, Danish diplomat living in the United States, has shed tears of joy tonight, watching Obama’s speech. He kept on asking: “Isn’t it wonderful?” He said he knew he should not be crying, due to his position, but happiness overwhelmed him. He had lost his faith in this country he confessed. Now he starts to have hope again.
By Melissa Bounoua
It is 8pm at the Reynolds institute of Journalism. “It is seems to be more journalists than real people” said Lasse Berg Soerensen, a exchange student in journalism at MU who came to see the preliminary results.
Every thirty minutes or so, the room is live and people can answer KBIA and KOMU journalists questions.
At 8:38pm, the question asked in this town-hall type meeting is about media coverage.
At 8:38pm, Prakash Jayabalan, an English citizen who studies Pathobiology at MU participated in the debate about media coverage of the Elections. “I think unlike the British media where you can get hard news, in the American media there is a lot of social commentary. We know that Fox News is more Republican and MSNBC is rather Democratic” he said, as he came for the first time at the RJI.
Around 9pm a Comedy Show started about the Elections with actors playing John McCain, Sarah Palin, Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
People are still waiting for more precise results and journalists receive the result a blank map is filled with the College Electoral Votes. At this moment: there are 207 for Obama and 135 for John McCain.
With 82 of 3533 precincts reporting, Sen. John McCain is leading the Missouri vote with 55.6 percent. Sen. Barack Obama has 42.6 percent.
These results are according to the Web site of the Secretary of State.
By Melissa Bounoua
At 6:55pm in Memorial Union on campus, the last voter has such an incredible story. Etsuko McCord, 83, got into the Emergency room at the Boone County hospital yesterday night. And she is not from Boone County, so yesterday night she thought she couldn’t vote.
But after a day of negotiation, she made it, five minutes before the closing of the polling place, she went to Memorial Union with an assistant who helped her to go through the whole process and at 7pm, when all the staff was happy to close the polling place after a long day, Etsuko McCord was even happier. She made it. “I am so happy, especially after all I had to fight for to eventually cast my vote“, she said.
Etsuko McCord voting with some help at 6:55pm
The Staff is happy that the polling place closes after a long day of votes
By Baptiste Etchegaray
Voters do need a reward. The women association from the Columbia First Christian Church organized, as for every Election Day, a special lunch that anyone could attend, proud to wear the “I voted” button. For $6, you could get chili or potato soup, as well as a ham sandwich and a home made pie. The money raised goes to the church’s social missions. Women led the way but they are now joined by men “and this is fun!” explains Brenda Mosby, a cooker for the occasion. Almost 500 guests were served between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM in the canteen where politics as well as random neighborhood stuff were discussed.
Guests were rather aged and conservative. One of them voted for John McCain this morning because he served with him in Vietnam. “He’s a wonderful Christian, a smart guy, I’m sure he’s gonna win! I’ll tell you something: if the other man wins, we’ll have a war in this country down the road,” he said.