Thousands crammed into Chicago‘s Grant Park to see Sen. Barack Obama were watching Jumbotrons broadcasting CNN. The crowd was enthusiastic, but the cheers became a loud roar when CNN called Ohio for the Democrat — they knew that meant their candidate was headed for a win.
Lashawn Walker of Chicago, who is black, was overjoyed that Mr. Obama looked to be nearing victory.
“This means that we have finally overcome most of our racial issues in the United States. I’ve been a victim of racial profiling before, and to see him be able to come this far is a major step,” the 34-year-old Chicago woman said. “Look around. There are whites, blacks, asians, Latinos and there is no pushing and no fighting. They are all here to support him.”
Ellen Rothfeld of Buffalo Grove sported an “I was there” button bearing Mr. Obama’s face.
“It’s history. We’ve been waiting a long time for this,” she said. “It means hope.”