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East Texans reflect on history-making election

Many East Texas voters did not cast their ballots for him yesterday, but they are recognizing that history was made last night after Sen. Barack Obama won the presidency. Wednesday, we sent KLTV 7's LaKecia Shockley to talk to both Obama and McCain supporters about their reaction to Obama's historical election.

Whether you voted for Sen. Barack Obama or not, last night he made history as the first African-American president-elect.

And for some East Texans it broke racial barriers.

"Obama not only opens the gates for African Americans. I think he's opened the gates for all minorities including women and asians or hispanics," said Jose Sanchez, a lawyer.  

"There's an old African proverb that says a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step I think this is nothing more than a single step," said Mark Pruitt, an insurance agent.

After years of segregation and unequal oppurtunities for some, Obama president brings hope of something good.

"He is president of two things in my opinion because of two primary things in my opinion because of destiny and because of preparation," said Robert Evans, the Senior Pastor of Bethel Temple.

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