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        Barack Obama | 16 for '16 - The Contenders

        In just a few years, Sen. Barack Obama went from an obscure state legislator in Illinois to the nation’s first African-American Commander in Chief. Thanks to an innovative campaign that mobilized a massive grassroots organization of volunteers and donors, Obama would best more seasoned politicians, like Senators Hillary Clinton and John McCain, on the way to becoming the 44th President of the United States. Is his effort the best-run presidential campaign ever?

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        Barack Obama: Interactive Timeline

        Click the image to use the interactive timeline and learn about Barack Obama, the nation's first African-American president. He utilized revolutionary online fundraising models and re-wrote the presidential campaign playbook.

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        Barack Obama: Obama and His Past

        Learn more about the milieu that helped Obama become the Democratic nominee for President in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Barack Obama: Obama and the Internet Generation

        Learn more about the tactics that Obama's campaign used to mobilize youth in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Barack Obama: Obama and the Recession Election

        Learn more about the recession that occurred in the middle of the 2008 Election in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Barack Obama: Episode

        En route to becoming the 44th President of the United States, and the nation’s first African American commander-in-chief, in 2008, Barack Obama would best two of the nation’s leading political figures, Hillary Clinton and John McCain.

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