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: Humayun Kabie from: Bangladesh
    November 07, 2012 5:31 AM
    Congratulations to President Barack Obama

    by: albanus from: KENYA
    November 07, 2012 4:49 AM
    God has answered our prayers.i know you needed another chance from God to give Americans what they have asked,congratulation brother,i like your comment on how you were so hopeful for Americans.

    by: Shehzad
    November 07, 2012 4:25 AM
    Many Many congratulations to you Barak Obama, May Almighy be in you on your duty.

    by: pastor patrick from: kenya
    November 07, 2012 4:20 AM
    congrats obama..we pray that you make right decisions for the good of humanity...hongera raisi wa marekani.

    by: charbel el kamar from: lebanon
    November 07, 2012 4:19 AM
    congratulation to the president obama and a special congratulation to governor Romney even lost election he congratulate obama and united state of america and of corse life it will continue with obama or romney on peace and happiness
    and evrybody of you the nation of amirca will go back to home and his family to continue his life
    i always hope this happen in lebanon one day
    congratulation to USA

    by: Yibeltal from: Addis Ababa
    November 07, 2012 4:14 AM
    Congratulations Mr. President. You deserve to win this.

    Proud of you!

    by: Mohammad from: India
    November 07, 2012 3:40 AM
    Congratulation Mr. Barack Obama for you Victory. You have done good job.

    by: Joyce Bukarakombang from: Manado, Indonesia
    November 07, 2012 3:15 AM
    Congratulation,.... Obama is a great man, He deserve for this position...... this is the winning of US....

    by: Robert George from: New Jersey
    November 07, 2012 2:44 AM
    Many congratulations, Mr. President! Often, electoral results are swayed by public opinion, rather than influenced by ground realities. In the last US elections, Obama had harped on the catchword, ’change’, though he was unable to define the change, and presumably he has given up the effort to do so, since public memory is short-lived. If the photos of jubilant people who supported Obama are any indication, it is increasingly becoming clearer that the nation is slowly but surely moving towards polarization, with blacks, Latinos and immigrants asserting greater control over political outcome. We wish the President will be short on rhetoric and long on substance!

    by: Stephen from: Africa
    November 07, 2012 2:25 AM
    Congratulions to President Obama if not him then who else could do it?
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