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Obama makes history

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Obama defeated Republican Sen. John McCain on Tuesday, with unofficial results showing a 338-163 electoral college win and Obama receiving 52 percent of the popular vote.

A top priority, the advisers said, would be picking a White House chief of staff to help manage the selections to come. Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel appeared headed for the job, said Democrats who spoke on condition of anonymity before the announcement, expected as early as today.

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