img21In less than a year, Barack Obama went from being an obscure, first-term U.S. senator to the projected Democratic presidential nominee.

On Tuesday, Obama became the first African-American to head the ticket of a major political party, beating out Sen. Hillary Clinton, who was hoping to become the first female nominee.

The two Democratic candidates fought a protracted and, at times, bitter battle that carried them through every state and brought nearly 35 million of their supporters to the polls.

When Obama declared his candidacy in February 2007, he faced an uphill battle. Clinton, a former first lady and New York senator, was the favored candidate.

Eleven months later, Obama proved the cynics wrong. He won Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses and, in what he called a “defining moment in history,” he told his supporters “change is coming.”

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