WASHINGTON (BP)--Democrat Barack Obama made history Nov. 4 by becoming the first African American elected to the U.S. presidency, but the victory left many evangelical Christians and other social conservatives concerned his administration will undermine pro-life and pro-family policies.
The U.S. senator from Illinois took most of the hotly contested battleground states on the way to a convincing win over Republican John McCain. Obama led McCain by a 349-163 margin in electoral votes, with Missouri and North Carolina still too close to call at 1 p.m. (EST) Nov. 5, according to CNN. At the same time, Obama's advantage in the popular vote was 63.2 million to 55.9 million, or 52-46 percent, with 97 percent of the precincts reporting.
Obama's victory, combined with his party's gains in both the Senate and House of Representatives, could result in the rollback of federal restrictions on abortion and its funding, as well as grants for destructive embryonic stem cell research. It also could produce advances for homosexual rights and "gay marriage," social conservatives say.
Democrats had expanded their Senate caucus majority by five seats to 56-40 with four races still undecided at 1 p.m. Nov. 5, according to CNN. In the House, they had picked up at least 17 seats for a 253-172 margin at noon Nov. 5. Ten races were still undecided, CNN reported. Read More