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The presidential general election campaign kicked off last night as Barack Obama claimed an historic victory as the democratic nominee, and republican John McCain focused his energies against his opponent. Also tonight, it was Election Day in California and the L.A. county supervisors race is heading towards a November runoff.

Producers:
Gary Scott
Sonya Geis

Main Topic Election Post Mortem – Local and National 15 MIN, 18 SEC

Barack Obama made history last night after the final two primaries of the season, becoming the first African American to be a major party’s nominee for president. He now has more than the 2,118 delegates needed to win the democratic nomination. But his opponent Hillary Clinton showed no signs of backing down last night, prompting all kinds of speculation among pundits about whether she is pushing too hard for the VP slot on the Obama ticket. What is at stake for Democrats as Obama reaches out to Clinton and her eighteen million supporters? What kind of general election campaign is ahead for a young visionary senator versus a more experienced war hero?

Guests:
Jay Carney, Washington Bureau Chief, Time Magazine
Chris Lehane, Democratic consultant and strategist (@chrislehane)
Tom Schaller, Professor of Political Science, University of Maryland

Making News County Supervisor Race and Ballot Propositions 8 MIN, 29 SEC

While the presidental race grabbed the national spotlight yesterday, voters here in Los Angeles went to the polls to consider two propositions and a county supervisor race.

Guests:
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, USC Price School of Public Policy (@USCPrice)

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