Obama Re-elected

US President Barack Obama (2nd L), First Lady Michelle Obama (L), Vice-President Joe Biden and Second Lady Jill Biden wave to supporters following Obama's speech on election night November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.
US President Barack Obama (2nd L), First Lady Michelle Obama (L), Vice-President Joe Biden and Second Lady Jill Biden wave to supporters following Obama's speech on election night November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.
Kent Klein
Barack Obama has won a second four-year term as president of the United States.  The Democratic incumbent defeated Republican Mitt Romney in Tuesday's U.S. presidential election.

America's first African-American president won more than the 270 electoral votes he needed to secure four more years in the White House.

After clinching the victory, Obama told a crowd of thousands of supporters in Chicago he is more determined and more inspired than ever to tackle the country's challenges.

"You voted for action, not politics as usual," he said. "You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours.  And, in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with the leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together."

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November 07, 2012 7:02 AM
Supporters at President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters in Chicago waved flags and cheered as Obama walked on stage and delivered his victory speech.
The president says he will work in his second term to reduce the U.S. government's budget deficit, reform the tax code, reform the nation's immigration system and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil.

Obama congratulated his opponent on a hard-fought campaign and applauded Romney and his family for their tradition of public service.  He says he will reach out to Republicans to seek solutions to the country's problems.

"In the weeks ahead I also look forward to sitting down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward," said Obama.

Former Massachusetts Governor Romney, speaking to supporters in Boston, conceded the election a short time earlier.

"I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory.  His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations," said Romney. "I wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady and their daughters."

Romney says he and his running mate, Representative Paul Ryan, gave their all in the campaign and he thanked their supporters.

Obama Wins:  

California (55), Colorado (9), Connecticut (7), Delaware (3), District of Columbia (3), Hawaii (4), Iowa (6), Illinois (20), Maine (4), Maryland (10), Massachusetts (11), Michigan (16), Minnesota (10), Nevada (6), New Hampshire (4), New Jersey (14), New York (29), New Mexico (5), Ohio (18), Oregon (7), Pennsylvania (20), Rhode Island (4), Virginia(13), Vermont (3), Washington state (12), and Wisconsin (10).

Romney Wins:

Alaska (3), Alabama (9), Arkansas (6), Arizona (11), Georgia(16), Idaho (4), Indiana (11), Kansas (6), Kentucky (8), Louisiana (8), Mississippi (6),Missouri (10), Montana (3), Nebraska (5), North Carolina (15), North Dakota (3), Oklahoma (7), South Carolina(9), South Dakota (3), Tennessee (11), Texas (38), Utah (6), West Virginia (5), Wyoming (3).
"I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction.  But the nation chose another leader and so Ann and I join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation," Romney said. "Thank you and God bless America.  You guys are the best.  Thank you so much."

Obama won in the District of Columbia and 25 states, including the battleground states of Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.  Romney won in 24 states including North Carolina and Indiana, which both went for Obama last election.

Florida, another key battleground state, remains too close to call.

U.S. presidential elections are not decided by the popular vote, but by the Electoral College, in which each state's influence on the outcome approximates its population.

Both candidates made a final push for votes Tuesday, almost until the polls closed.  .

Voters waited in long lines Tuesday at polling places.  Some sporadic problems were reported, and both candidates dispatched lawyers to monitor the voting for irregularities.  

The Justice Department had nearly 800 observers in 23 states to respond to any fraud allegations.   
Meanwhile, Republicans retained control of the House of Representatives in Tuesday's voting, but Democrats blocked the Republicans' effort to take control of the Senate, where roughly one-third of the 100 seats were up for election.

Democrats will replace Republican senators in Massachusetts and Indiana, an independent will succeed a Republican in Maine, and in Connecticut, a Democrat will take the place of retiring independent Senator Joe Lieberman.

Japanese-born Democrat Mazie Hirono, who was elected in Hawaii, will be the first Buddhist U.S. Senator.

And, the Senate will have its first openly gay member, with the election of Democrat Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin.
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by: Mohamed Jama from: Hargeisa
November 07, 2012 11:04 PM
Thanks for ALLAH, The Merci full. Obama come again. congratulations to all. thanks

by: Summer Time
November 07, 2012 10:58 AM
Superb and historic victory!
A reelection with a LANDSLIDE and popular vote with a margin of almost 3 MILLIONS vote despite harsh conditions! And many Senate seats won for the Democratic Party. That’s clear and unequivocal! :) :)

It will be great for USA, the middle class, and our health care system. It will be great for everybody except the billionaires. I wish and I think that many people who haven’t voted for Obama for various reasons will retrospectively be happy because Obama is a centrist.

USA sent a crystal clear message on Tuesday that it wanted Obama the pragmatic and centrist more than it wanted an empty suit of a candidate like Mitt Romney. It also sent a message to the Republican Party that it must change now and stop the crazy extreme-right shift's trend.

Let’s move on USA and focus even more on economy. Let’s just wish bitter Republicans don’t play obstruction and dirty games again but with the clear message that USA and middle class have sent today it would make them more harm than good to try obstructionism.

Great country, great people. USA 2012 is the winner!

by: mysterion from: MilkyWay
November 07, 2012 9:31 AM
Good to see the balance being struck on this forum.

I mean, every post is a back-slapper and several posts showing the terrible choice of the US voters never made it to be published.

The voice of reason obviously.

by: Zakira from: Kabul
November 07, 2012 7:39 AM
Many congrats President Obama, you really deserved to be elected for the 2nd term.

by: hossam nasr from: egypt
November 07, 2012 6:53 AM
congratulions to president barack obama

by: Prudence from: South Africa
November 07, 2012 6:52 AM
Congratulation to Mr. Obama and his family. I wish America the best. I liked him - Peace is always the first option and usually the ONLY option that is sustainable.

by: Hera from: Cebu City
November 07, 2012 6:25 AM
Congratulations! President Barack Obama --

by: Lennox Abong'o from: Rwanda-Kibuye
November 07, 2012 6:05 AM
Congratulations to Americans for their democracy,for the love of their country,to hold peaceful campaigns and election,a very good example to the rest of the world. Congratulations to President Obama for his confidence and success in such a tough race. May Almighty God give you His wisdom that you manage to your best.

by: Lote from: Luena- Angola
November 07, 2012 6:02 AM
Congratulions to President Obama. We pray that God may be with him during the 4 yrs term in office.

by: Taekwochu from: China
November 07, 2012 5:44 AM
A disaster to American dream when this guy won re-election. Sad for brother Romney.
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