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General News Archive - November 05, 2008

North Carolinians elected their first woman governor Tuesday, elevating Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue to the office over Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory. Perdue replaced Mike Easley, who could not seek a third term.

Democrats were poised Tuesday to gain another 20 U.S. House seats to add to their majority. Democrats, who collected 30 seats in 2006 to reclaim the lower chamber, would become the first party in about 50 years to win at least 20 seats in back-to-back elections, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Democrats grew their numbers in the U.S. Senate Tuesday, but appeared to fall just short of reaching a filibuster-proof, 60-vote majority. Democrats were projected to add at least five seats to their majority of 51-49 with two Independents caucusing with Democrats.

By Ken Dilanian and Fredreka Schouten Democrats significantly expanded their hold on the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, putting them in stronger position to help deliver on President-elect Barack Obama's campaign promises.

By Wendy Koch Voters in several states approved ballot measures Tuesday that will legalize marijuana and use gambling to fund education. Massachusetts voters approved decriminalizing possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana.

By John Fritze Republicans lose several seats left vulnerable by poor fundraising and voter anger over economy Democrats in the House of Representatives were on the way Tuesday toward their widest majority in 15 years, fueled in part by high turnout and discontent over the economy, analysts say.

By Matt Kelley Republicans lost one governorship Tuesday as a Democrat took control in Missouri, while a down-to-the-wire contest in Washington state gave the GOP a chance for payback. Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon won the race to replace Republican Gov.

By William M. Welch Democrat Barack Obama secured a historic presidential victory Tuesday, shattering a racial barrier that once seemed unbreakable by tapping voter anger over the sinking economy and a long-running war.

By David Jackson and Kevin Johnson PHOENIX -- In the shadow of desert mountains, Republican John McCain warmly congratulated President-elect Barack Obama late Tuesday and urged the nation to rally around its new president.

Crude oil prices slipped on the New York Mercantile Exchange early Wednesday, a day after gaining more than 10 percent. Prices had risen Tuesday in an apparent delayed reaction to a 1.5 million-barrel production cut announced by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries on Oct. 24.