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East Texans reflect on historical significance of tonight's election

It's a historic evening, regardless of the winner. We'll either see the first female vice-president - or the first African-American president. Not to mention that if Senator McCain wins, he'll be the oldest president elected to a first term. Today, we sent KLTV 7's LaKecia Shockley to get East Texan's view on this historical night.

"I think it's something that our grandparents thought they'd never see in either case a woman or a black person," said Michelle Conley.

For Michelle, taking her two daughters to vote today was a history lesson.

"When you tell your kids, oh, you can be anything you want - well, it gives a new meaning to that because they probably could now."

That's all thanks to Sarah Palin and Barack Obama, and tonight one of them will make history, a dream right before our eyes.  

"One day we would hope to live in a country where a man will never be judged by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character, and I hope tonight will signify that a portion of that dream is coming true," said Harvel Davis.

"I'm going to let my children stay up. I don't care how late it is, it's history in the making," said Amy McMahan.

Whether you're for either candidate, East Texans say change is coming.

"If Obama does get in, it's going to certainly bring a lot of change. I can't say it's going to be good change but definitely change indeed to America and the history of America," said Nathaniel Coles.

"I would love to see Sarah Palin as the first female vice-president but I would also love and be absolutely excited if we had the first male African-American president," said Umyia Steward.

"It says a lot about America. It doesn't matter your gender or your race, if you share the same views then people are going to support you either way," said Tiffany Barber, a Kilgore College student.

Everyone we spoke with today agrees that America's come a long way, just by having a female candidate for vice-president and an African-American presidential candidate.

LaKecia Shockley, reporting. lshockley@kltv.com

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