CNN White House Correspondent
Hundreds of people – mostly college students - have gathered on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House shouting “Obama, Obama!” and “Yes we can, yes we can!”
It's a loud, but peaceful gathering so far. Overheard Secret Service uniformed officers saying they’ve never seen anything like this.
CNN Senior Political Analyst
I grew up in the segregated South.
Like millions of Americans, I never thought I'd live to see the day.
We have lived to see the day.
Associate Producer, Campbell Brown: No Bias. No Bull.
What an amazing journey. I am sure it will take some time to sink in, but tonight history was made. Absolutely amazing.
We have shots from around the world in our control room. Sydney, Kenya, Chicago, Harlem. This was a shot that rang around the world in an instant.
I have friends emailing me– detailing the cheering in the streets. In here though, it is almost silence. It is hard to believe that after months of stump speeches, the race has come to an end.
Stay tuned. There are many, many more hours of live broadcast ahead.
A robot named Hotshot protests electronic voting near a voting station in Reno, Nev., on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.
Senior Broadcast Producer
Manhattan's Ninth Avenue, normally packed with people and full of traffic, is absolutely quiet. Broadway's theaters just let out, but restaurants that are normally packed are empty and those bars with TVs (thankfully) have CNN on. As a native New Yorker, I've never seen anything like it. Could all of NYC be watching the results?
The hologram is already on YouTube! Took less than an hour for someone to post a clip of our hologram of CNN correspondent Jessica Yellin being ‘beamed’ into our Election Center speaking with Wolf Blitzer. The technology behind this amazes me - there are roughly 44 high-definition cameras that take a real-time, three-dimensional image of a person live!
The night is rapidly developing. We have just called Pennsylvania, a big one for Obama’s basket. Virginia, Florida, and Ohio are still major players that can make or break this race.
Curious to game the night out? Check out cnn.com/map for a very entertaining and engaging feature to play along with our coverage.
Yesterday Gary Tuchman blogged about his quest to get the first television interview with Senator Ted Stevens since his felony convictions. Here is the video from that meeting and Gary's report on Senator Ted Stevens' campaign.
Wondering how Sen. Ted Stevens is doing in his reelection bid? Track the election results for his senate race here.
125th in the heart of Harlem. A 50 foot jumbotron has been set up outside the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building. It's the first time something like this has ever been done here. Everytime numbers come in favoring Obama a cheer goes up from the crowd, "O-BAH-MA."
I sat in Maya Angelou's living room in a restored brownstone several blocks away earlier. She said she felt an eagerness in Harlem she hadn't felt since the 1960's. She said in recent months, you "could't walk the streets without people stopping you and saying isn't it exciting. Spanish people stop other people who don't speak Spanish and say isn't it a good time. Of course it's contagious if you don't have it you'll get it."
Longtime civil rights activist Hazel Dukes working at a poll site earlier in the day said seniors in wheel chairs and walkers stood in line with first time voters. And that kids 6-7-8 years old spoke of pride that their moms were voting for Obama. Dukes who knew Medgar Evers when he was slain while registering voters in Mississippi said this election culminates what she and others have been working towards as civil rights leaders for the last 30 years.
Bernadette Dunegan, 39, of Patton, Pennsylvania, said the town's only polling place was blocked this morning after a fire broke out last night across the street.
The fire, at Bowman's Sporting Goods, started late last night and went into the morning hours. Dunegan said at least 13 fire companies and 40 trucks were at the scene trying to put out the fire.
The store sold hunting supplies including ammunition and hunting clothing, which kept the fire going, Dunegan said. "I could see the flames shooting up behind the buildings behind me. You can still smell the smoke. It smells like a big camp fire."
Patton is a town of less than 1,000 people, and the polling place at the fire house is the only site in town to vote.
This is just the beginning. Five minutes to 7:00pm and we were getting ready to make our first two projections, 49 to go (don’t forget the District of Columbia). I am inside one of two control rooms that is outputting out huge production tonight. I am apart of team of that is producing the result graphics that you see in the wall behind Wolf, Campbell and Anderson.
Do you like the tricks tonight? We just debuted the hologram which allows us to have guests and reporters virtually on the set with us. There is a very cool virtual Capitol we will be using to show the change in the balance of power in Congress.
The night is very, very young. I am sure each of you are just as excited as we are to watch these results stream in.
Brew that pot of coffee; it could be a long night.
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