E-Day: Voters Render Their Verdict

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Tonight, the historic campaign of 2008 comes to a close.

The polls have officially opened and by day's end, millions of registered voters will have cast their ballots to determine who will be the next President of the United States.

Click play to get analysis from CBN News Senior National Correspondent David Brody following this report. Also, be sure to tune in tonight at 11 p.m. for a special election update edition of The 700 Club on the ABC Family Channel.

Awaiting the Verdict

Almost two years after their campaigns began and a billion dollars later, it all comes down to the ballot box.

"If you will stand with me and fight with me I promise you, we will not just win, we'll win this election," Sen. Barack Obama said.

"They may not know it, but the Mac is back!" Sen. John McCain said.

While the candidates have been giving their closing arguments, American voters will deliver the final verdict.

In Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, the city's 21-registered voters weighed in at the stroke of midnight.

The nation's first vote went to Obama - 15 to 6 - over McCain.

"I voted for Barack Obama," said New Hampshire resident Tanner Tillotson. "I feel that his policies are more forward thinking, and I feel like he's more in touch with both youth voters of today and the issues that face our country, not only now but in the future."

Another voter said, "We're really concerned mostly about the Supreme Court and some of the decisions that they've made. We want to uphold the right to life, and we're hoping that we can see Roe versus Wade overturned."

McCain Holds Out for Upset

National polls put Obama in the lead but in the final hours McCain kicked his campaign into overdrive, trying to close the gap in key states like Virginia, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

All the while he played defense states that went for George Bush four years ago, like the Hoosier State.

"Indiana is a now a battleground state, but it's a battle that we're going to win," McCain vowed."

Obama started his day in Chicago to cast his vote and also planned to make one last campaign stop in neighboring Indiana. 

Obama's Grandmother Passes Away

The first term Illinois senator told a radio talk show he feels "pretty peaceful," but that peace is mixed with grief.

Monday, he broke the news to a crowd in Florida that his grandmother who helped raise him died of cancer at her apartment in Hawaii.

"She died peacefully in her sleep with my sister at her side - and so there is great joy as well as tears," Obama said.

The McCains, who started their day in Arizona, offered their condolences.

As both McCain and Obama keep their eyes on the prize, their respective campaigns will likely see record turnouts, with a surge of registered voters heading to the polls for the very first time.

So far, early reports of massive voter turnout seemed to verify that likelihood.

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