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


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


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


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.


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


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

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