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The Election of Barack Obama

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Which of the following best explains Senator Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential victory over Senator John McCain?

A

Senator McCain’s hearty support of President Bush’s unpopular Iraq War policies hurt him in the election.

B

Obama’s 12-point economic recovery plan was aimed at helping middle-class families.

C

McCain’s Vice-Presidential running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, hailed from a state thought to be “out of touch” with the needs and concerns of urban American voters.

D

Senator McCain’s refusal to submit his tax returns for public scrutiny caused many voters to be skeptical of his honesty and transparency.

E

Senator Obama had achieved a solid reputation as a three-term Democrat Senator from the state of Illinois.