Barack Obama won in North Carolina. Add 15 electoral votes to his total. Here's a link to a Washington Post article.
Polls in France show that something like 85 to 90 percent of the French people say they are happy that Obama was elected. French politicians are jealous.
I think I heard this from Jack Lang in his Télématin interview yesterday morning: On the question of whether French President Nicolas Sarkozy had talked to President-Elect Obama, the answer was no. Sarkozy has several messages in to Obama's staff people, but no phone call has been scheduled so far.
Sarkozy made a big deal out of his admiration and respect for George W. Bush and American free-market ideas when he was running for president here. That was before the Bush administration decided to "go socialist" by nationalizing the mortgage lending corporations and the big banks.
Before he was president, Sarkozy also said of the children of recent immigrants from Africa, born in France, that they were racaille, which the Collins-Robert dictionary translates as "rabble, riffraff." At the time, the English-language press translated it as "scum." Sarkozy also said what was needed in the immigrant neighborhoods north and east of Paris was a good wash-down with fire hoses.
Maybe Sarkozy will now tone down some of his comments to fit in with a new spirit of politics brought on by the change of regime in Washington.