The 2008 election was one of the most highly anticipated and emotional elections in recent memory, culminating in the election of America’s first African-American president. A faltering economy and the waning popularity of the outgoing administration paved the way for a resounding Democratic victory. President-Elect Barack Obama redrew the electoral map poaching once Republican strongholds like North Carolina and Indiana. In the House and Senate, Democrats made significant gains though they fell short of a filibuster-proof majority. Perhaps more so than any other election, candidates from both parties enjoyed the unflinching support of armies of volunteers and organizers. These stories take a closer look into these campaigns and those who channel so much of their energy, passion and faith into the political candidates they support. View Election Stories 2008.
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