LIVE BLOG: Obama Wins Re-election

    November 06, 2012 5:17 PM


    Posts order:
    2:03 AM
    November 07, 2012
    Share:
    People watch early election results displayed on a utility lift suspended from the front of the GE Building at Rockefeller Center New York, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
    People watch early election results displayed on a utility lift suspended from the front of the GE Building at Rockefeller Center New York, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
    1:58 AM
    November 07, 2012
    Share:
    In his victory speech, President Obama tells his supporters "For the United States, the best is yet to come.”  
     
    As we wrap up our live coverage, a quick look at the results. 
     
    Two states have yet to be called for Obama or Romney.  Alaska, which closed its polls very late, is expected for go for the former Massachusetts governor.  Florida is the other state and it is still too close to call at this time. 
     
    In addition to the White House, the AP reports Democrats have secured a majority in the Senate on Tuesday, snatching Republican-held seats in Massachusetts and Indiana and turning back fierce, expensive challenges in Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin and Connecticut to maintain the control they've held since 2007.
     
    National media shows Democrats holding anywhere from 51 to 53 seats, depending on outcome of late races and whether the two independents who won are caucusing with the Democrats.
     
    Democrats are going to keep control in the Senate.  However, the House of Representatives will still be controled by Republicans. It is still not clear if either party will gain or lose seats in the chamber. 
     
    Another highlight of the evening was the results from some historic ballot initiatives.
     
    The northeastern state of Maine and the mid-Atlantic state of Maryland became the first two states to approve gay marriage through a popular vote. Six U.S. states and Washington, D.C. allow gay marriage, but in their cases, legalization came through lawmakers or the courts. 
     
    The states of Washington and Colorado approved legalizing the production, sale, and possession of marijuana for recreational use. But those approvals put the states at odds with the federal government which still outlaws the drug.
     
    Stay with VOA as we continue our coverage of the results from Election 2012. 
     
    1:44 AM
    November 07, 2012
    Share:
    1:43 AM
    November 07, 2012
    Share:
    President Barack Obama waves as he walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha at his election night party November 7, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois.
    President Barack Obama waves as he walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha at his election night party November 7, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois.
    1:42 AM
    November 07, 2012
    Share:
    President Obama is giving his vistory speech to thousands of cheering supporters in Chicago.
    1:17 AM
    November 07, 2012
    Share:
    President Obama is expected to address his supporters and give his victory speech in Chicago very soon.
    1:07 AM
    November 07, 2012
    Share:
    1:03 AM
    November 07, 2012
    Share:
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney waves to supporters before conceding at his election night rally, November 7, 2012, in Boston, Massachusetts.
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney waves to supporters before conceding at his election night rally, November 7, 2012, in Boston, Massachusetts.
    12:58 AM
    November 07, 2012
    Share:
    Romney starts by congratulating Obama and wishing him and his family well. 

    He also thanks his running mate Paul Ryan for helping with the campaign.
    12:55 AM
    November 07, 2012
    Share:
    Mitt Romney has just walked out on stage in Boston to deliver his concession speech.
    12:53 AM
    November 07, 2012
    Share:
    Watch video shot by The Guardian as President Obama's supporters learn he has won enough electoral votes to secure a second term:

    12:51 AM
    November 07, 2012
    Share:
    CNN's Candy Crowley reporting that Obama and Romney have spoken by phone following the election results.
    12:48 AM
    November 07, 2012
    Share:
    The Boston Globe reports Romney staffers almost all expressed shock or surprise that so many states had voted for Obama.
    12:45 AM
    November 07, 2012
    Share:
    12:44 AM
    November 07, 2012
    Share:
    12:43 AM
    November 07, 2012
    Share:
    12:43 AM
    November 07, 2012
    Share:
    12:42 AM
    November 07, 2012
    Share:

    Virginia

    Virginia
    13 Electoral Votes Obama

    12:22 AM
    November 07, 2012
    Share:
    12:20 AM
    November 07, 2012
    Share:
    We're all waiting to hear what Romney will do now. 


    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: riano baggy from: ina
    November 07, 2012 3:56 AM
    we saw the time line about this history, congratulations Mr Obama it near to back white house i, hope you kept your promises during campaign periods, Mr OBAMA please adopt a brilliant vision form your rival candidate would support your mission for US peoples and world communities about stability and peace and reduce arms races.

    by: Dr. Malek Towghi (Baluch) from: USA
    November 06, 2012 11:55 PM
    Barack Obama won. Thanks Goodness. Thanks God. It is indeed a victory for all of us Americans. It could be a victory for the whole world. I will continue to pray to the Almighty to give Iranian leaders wisdom. Peace for all including Israel, Malek Towghi, Liaison, Baluch Human Rights International -- USA

    by: PhillyKatman from: Philly
    November 06, 2012 7:32 PM
    We're Moving In The Right Direction!

    As a teacher in a behavioral health program for preschoolers in West Philly,
    Hurricane Sandy forced me to stay home along with millions of other Americans up and down the Northeast corridor.

    Fortunately I was lucky enough to have electricity and the time to dig up an old tune I wrote some years ago, rerecord it and make a video.

    In reference to the presidential election, I think this song is apropos. I hope you enjoy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt8kerufmD8&feature=youtu.be

    by: Brad from: West Virginia
    November 06, 2012 7:21 PM
    Don't be a MITTWIT. Vote OBAMA!

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Press Freedom in Myanmar Fragile, Limitedi
    X
    Katie Arnold
    May 04, 2016 12:31 PM
    As Myanmar begins a new era with a democratically elected government, many issues of the past confront the new leadership. Among them is press freedom in a country where journalists have been routinely harassed or jailed.
    Video

    Video Press Freedom in Myanmar Fragile, Limited

    As Myanmar begins a new era with a democratically elected government, many issues of the past confront the new leadership. Among them is press freedom in a country where journalists have been routinely harassed or jailed.
    Video

    Video Taliban Threats Force Messi Fan to Leave Afghanistan

    A young Afghan boy, who recently received autographed shirts and a football from his soccer hero Lionel Messi, has fled his country due to safety concerns. He and his family are now taking refuge in neighboring Pakistan. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.
    Video

    Video Major Rubbish Burning Experiment Captures Destructive Greenhouse Gases

    The world’s first test to capture environmentally harmful carbon dioxide gases from the fumes of burning rubbish took place recently in Oslo, Norway. The successful experiment at the city's main incinerator plant, showcased a method for capturing most of the carbon dioxide. VOA’s Deborah Block has more.
    Video

    Video EU Visa Block Threatens To Derail EU-Turkey Migrant Deal

    Turkish citizens could soon benefit from visa-free travel to Europe as part of the recent deal between the EU and Ankara to stem the flow of refugees. In return, Turkey has pledged to keep the migrants on Turkish soil and crack down on those who are smuggling them. Brussels is set to publish its latest progress report Wednesday — but as Henry Ridgwell reports from London, many EU lawmakers are threatening to veto the deal over human rights concerns.
    Video

    Video Tensions Rising Ahead of South China Sea Ruling

    As the Philippines awaits an international arbitration ruling on a challenge to China's claims to nearly all of the South China Sea, it is already becoming clear that regardless of which way the decision goes, the dispute is intensifying. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
    Video

    Video Painting Captures President Lincoln Assassination Aftermath

    A newly restored painting captures the moments following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. It was recently unveiled at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, where America’s 16th president was shot. It is the only known painting by an eyewitness that captures the horror of that fateful night. VOA’s Julie Taboh tells us more about the painting and what it took to restore it to its original condition.
    Video

    Video Elephant Summit Results in $5M in Pledges, Presidential Support

    Attended and supported by three African presidents, a three-day anti-poaching summit has concluded in Kenya, resulting in $5 million in pledges and a united message to the world that elephants are worth more alive than dead. The summit culminated at the Nairobi National Park with the largest ivory burn in history. VOA’s Jill Craig attended the summit and has this report about the outcomes.
    Video

    Video Displaced By War, Syrian Artist Finds Inspiration Abroad

    Saudi-born Syrian painter Mohammad Zaza is among the millions who fled their home for an uncertain future after Syria's civil war broke out. Since fleeing Syria, Zaza has lived in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and now Turkey where his latest exhibition, “Earth is Blue like an Orange,” opened in Istanbul. He spoke with VOA about how being displaced by the Syrian civil war has affected the country's artists.
    Video

    Video Ethiopia’s Drought Takes Toll on Children

    Ethiopia is dealing with its worst drought in decades, thanks to El Nino weather patterns. An estimated 10 million people urgently need food aid. Six million of them are children, whose development may be compromised without sufficient help, Marthe van der Wolf reports for VOA from the Metahara district.
    Video

    Video Little Havana - a Slice of Cuban Culture in Florida

    Hispanic culture permeates everything in Miami’s Little Havana area: elderly men playing dominoes as they discuss politics, cigar rollers deep at work, or Cuban exiles talking with presidential candidates at a Cuban coffee window. With the recent rapprochement between Cuba and United States, one can only expect stronger ties between South Florida and Cuba.
    Video

    Video California Republicans Weigh Presidential Choices Amid Protests

    Republican presidential candidates have been wooing local party leaders in California, a state that could be decisive in selecting the party's nominee for U.S. president. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports delegates to the California party convention have been evaluating choices, while front-runner Donald Trump drew hundreds of raucous protesters Friday.
    Video

    Video ‘The Lights of Africa’ - Through the Eyes of 54 Artists

    An exhibition bringing together the work of 54 African artists, one from each country, is touring the continent after debuting at COP21 in Paris. Called "Lumières d'Afrique," the show centers on access to electricity and, more figuratively, ideas that enlighten. Emilie Iob reports from Abidjan, the exhibition's first stop.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora