A 21-month race finally comes to a close as Barack Obama will now take the reigns to lead the nation as President of the United States.
After a long and tough campaign, Obama defeated Arizona senator John McCain as he celebrated victory with a rally of 125,000 people in Chicago last night.
Some local citizens say both candidates' speeches were touching, and say they are ready for Americans to have a fresh start with a new leader.
"McCain gave a wonderful speech, ah...concession speech, where he praised Obama's campaign," said Samuel Willis, who is glad the election has come to an end.
"Ready for Inauguration day, and ready for some new blood," said Joanna Capece, who is also happy about a change.
"He touched so many different groups of people within the United States and it's just beautiful. It's just absolutely gorgeous," said Jessica Dandridge, as she describes Obama's acceptance speech.
Some Leon County citizens say they really enjoyed how inspired everyone was to get out and vote this year.
The Leon County Supervisor of Elections says 85 percent of citizens turned out to vote Tuesday.
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