By GEORGE PASCOE-WATSON Political Editor in NEW YORK and
EMILY SMITH US Editor GRANT PARK, CHICAGO
In his first speech as President Elect he told a mass rally in Chicago: “Change has come to America”.
The rookie Senator smashed Republican rival John McCain as he made history with a landslide victory.
Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell called Obama’s election “historic” today and claimed Obama will be president for all Americans.
Democrat Obama won the race for the White House at precisely 4am this morning and will become the 44th United States President.
He passed the magical 270 votes needed to secure the White House after securing the key states of Florida and Virginia.
Thousands of screaming supporters burst into cheers and began flying the Stars and Stripes as they waited for the first black President to appear.
He told those gathered: “It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.”