Empire State Building's Blue Light Special

The Empire State Building, like much of the country, has been divided politically. The New York City skyscraper illuminated its tower half blue and half red for Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain. Now that Obama has been declared the winner, the tower will be all blue Wednesday night.

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Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. The tallest building in New York City is often the scene of an elegant light show. The outside of the Empire State Building is lit up in red and green at Christmas time and green for St. Patrick's Day. This week, it's been lit up like an electoral map: half red, half blue. Barack Obama's victory means his side gets the whole display now. So tonight that national symbol finished during the Great Depression will be lit up in blue alone. It's Morning Edition.

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