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The World Today - Wednesday, 5 November , 2008 12:10:00

Reporter: Eleanor Hall

ELEANOR HALL: And let's go straight to the United States where voters are right now making their
choice for President in what many are calling an historic election day.

BARACK OBAMA: Are you fired up? Are you ready to go? Fired up? Ready to go? Fired up? Ready to go?
Virginia, let's go change the world.

(Crowd cheering)

JOHN MCCAIN: I feel it, and you feel it, we're going to win this election. We're going to win it.

ELEANOR HALL: The voter lines were long and they formed early for what voting analysts say will be
a record-breaking turnout in the 2008 US Presidential election.

MALE VOTER: I felt that voting was a pleasure, it was something I've been doing for years, but
today seeing all the people there was a joy to my heart.

FEMALE VOTER: I read up on my stuff, and even when it comes to voting for Senate and stuff like
that, I wanted to make sure I knew exactly who I wanted to vote for so.

FEMALE VOTER 2: I'm really excited to vote in this election, I kind of feel like Christmas is
tomorrow and I'm waiting until tomorrow so I can finally go and open my presents. Anyway you look
it, this is an historic election and I'm excited to be part of it.

MALE VOTER 2: I couldn't sleep, you know, something that gets me excited to vote.

MALE VOTER 3: It feels historic, it's a beautiful fall day and I feel invigorated. I've got my
sticker which I'm going to wear all day, it feels really exciting and like something really
important and new is going to happen, whoever wins.

ELEANOR HALL: Just some of the 130-million voters expected to turn out today.

Much of the country is still voting, but booths have closed in the swing states of Florida,
Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. And if the opinion polls are right, Democrat Barack Obama could
clinch the election in these key eastern states alone.

It will be a pivotal moment in US history if Barack Obama wins the White House today. He would be
America's first black president.

But history would also be made with John McCain, who would become the oldest candidate to be
elected. And if he won, America would have its first female Vice President.

This race has also broken records for the amount of money spent. And it is being conducted in the
midst of the biggest economic crisis in the US since the Great Depression.

In our coverage we'll talk to pollsters and analysts in the United States as the numbers come in.