Preliminary results of the voting indicate strong victory by the Democratic Party candidate Barack Obama, who will become the first ever-black president. Voter turnout broke the century-old record.
At sites came about 136 million people (64%).
The last time a high percentage of turnout - 65.7% - was recorded in 1908, when Republican William Howard Taft won a victory over Democrat William Jennings Bryan. Voters got beat the old record of post-war period, established in 1960, during a bitter struggle Democrat John Kennedy and Republican Richard Nixon, then the turnout was 63%. Also, a record beaten by the number of voters who voted: he was installed in 2004, when the plots were 122.3 million. The current company was established, and other records: it became the longest (21 months) and the most expensive. In addition, the black senator was able to induce in their favor, not only to states that traditionally support Democrats, but seven of the nine states, the outcome of the vote has not been clear until the last moment. At last count, Democrat Barack Obama won 62.3 million votes, while Republican John McCain - 55.2 million.
Over the 47-year-old Obama gave their 338 electoral votes, nearly twice the number of supporters of his main rival, 72-year-old John McCain, who has collected only 156 votes.
electors vote in December, and the inauguration of Obama and his partner - the future vice president - Joe Biden should be on 20 January.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, in his address to the Federal Assembly, expressed hope that the new U.S. administration opted for a full-fledged relations with Russia.