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Obama wins, and America turns a page

Barack Obama acknowledges the crowd at a packed rally Tuesday night in St. Paul, Minn.
Barack Obama acknowledges the crowd at a packed rally Tuesday night in St. Paul, Minn. Jerry Holt / Minneapolis Star Tribune / MCT

There are moments in American history when the country knows that things have changed. This is one of those. Barack Obama has become the first African-American to win the presidential nomination of a major political party.

It's a profound development in a nation where the gulf between blacks and whites has been the defining divide since the first African slaves were unloaded at Jamestown in 1619. Yet America is still a place where whites and blacks still see life very differently.

Hillary Clinton was the first female candidate to make a credible run for a major party's presidential nomination. The next one will find the path easier. She stood tall in defeat Tuesday night.

The Internet became a major campaign tool for Obama, while Clinton's campaign miscalculated the country's mood.

A sluggish economy and an unpopular war should work against the presumptive Republican nominee, John McCain. But Democrats are less than confident that their party can heal the primary battle's wounds.

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