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Obama Enters 2008 Presidential Race

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) speaks to supporters on Saturday at the state capital in Springfield, Illinois.
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Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) speaks to supporters on Saturday at the state capital in Springfield, Illinois.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) tells a crowd at the Illinois state capital that he is running for the White House in 2008.

The first-term U.S. senator began his elected life at the state legislature 10 years ago.

If elected president, Obama would be the first black person to hold the nation's highest office.

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