Newspapers announcing Obama victory fly off the racks.

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Even though it printed 30 percent more copies today, the Washington Post announced that they “sold out within hours” today as DC residents rushed to pick up a copy celebrating Obama’s historic victory. People were disappointed when Post circulation officials “closed the office doors and posted a sign saying ‘SOLD OUT.'” Similar stories were reported in Dayton, OH; Chicago; Miami; New York City; Atlanta; and Burbank, CA. Some shots of the empty newsstands by the ThinkProgress offices in downtown DC:

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The Plank’s Isaac Chotiner recounted the scene at his local newsstand this morning: “Usually the place is full of businessmen purchasing the FT, and pointy-headed types perusing a foreign newspaper or intellectual journal. Today the line–consisting almost entirely of African-Americans–was stretching out the door. Customers were buying three or four or even ten copies of the Times and the Post. Today’s edition was one to keep.”

UPDATE: Later today, the Washington Post released another 150,000 copies of its commemorative election edition. The line stretched around the block.

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