Election’s Last Two Days: 4 Big Questions

Who wins, and where, will give clues about the nation’s feelings on race, the role of government and the hold of partisanship.
By Peter Wallsten and Janet Hook
The Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Washington — Iowa gave the first sign that the American political landscape had changed.

Democrats in an overwhelmingly white state, many from small towns and farms, said an African American man from Chicago was the best choice for president — and by a convincing margin.

Barack Obama went on to build a broader coalition than any previous black candidate, winning the Democratic nomination on an agenda of “change.” John McCain emerged as the GOP nominee, despite a history of breaking from Republican beliefs. He too promised “change” from the nation’s current course.

On Tuesday, as results from the presidential election roll in, so will clues to what kind of change the nation wants, and to how much it has changed in the last four years.

Who wins, and where, will shed light on the nation’s feelings on race, the role of government and the hold of partisanship on the public dialogue. Here are four big questions arising from the 2008 presidential campaign:

Has America’s racial divide narrowed?

Barack Obama, Pueblo, Colorado, presidential campaign

Joe Raedle / Getty Images
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama stands with his wife Michelle, daughters Sasha, center left, and Malia, center right, during a campaign rally in Pueblo, Colorado.

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One Response to “Election’s Last Two Days: 4 Big Questions”

  1. John McCain Says:

    While the whole world is asking how Obama got the incredible amount of money that he is spending on his campaign there is a much more important thing going on: there is a secret tape about Michelle Obama and her terrorist Muslim friends that is kept hidden in the offices of API and FOX News.
    It is immanent that the American people get this information. As future president I demand that these tapes are released immediately!

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