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.
Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalatesi
X
August 27, 2015 2:08 AM
Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalates

Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Is China's Economic Data Accurate?

Some investors say China's wild stock market gyrations have been made worse by worries about the reliability of that nation's economic data. And some critics say the reports can mislead investors by painting an unrealistically-strong picture of the economy. A key China scholar says Beijing is not fudging ((manipulating)) the numbers, but that the economy is evolving quickly from smoke-stack industries to services, and the ways of tracking new economic activity are falling behind the change. V
Video

Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
Video

Video Shipping Containers Provide Experimental Housing

Housing prices around the San Francisco Bay area are out of reach for many people, so some young entrepreneurs, artists and tech industry workers are creating their own houses using converted shipping containers. But as VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports from Oakland, the effort requires ingenuity and dealing with restrictive local laws.
Video

Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.
Video

Video Technique May Eliminate Drill-and-Fill Dental Care

Many people dread visiting dentists because they're afraid of drills. Now, however, a technology developed by a British firm promises to eliminate the need for mechanical cleaning of dental cavities by speeding a natural process of tooth repair. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.
Video

Video Ages-old Ice Reveals Secrets of Climate Change

Ice caps don't just exist at the world's poles. There are also tropical ice caps, and the largest sits atop the Peruvian Andes - but it is melting, quickly, and may be gone within the next 20 years. George Putic reports scientists are now rushing to take samples to get at the valuable information about climate change locked in the ice.
Video

Video French Experiment in Integrating Roma Under Threat

Plans to destroy France’s oldest slum have sparked an outcry on the part of its Roma residents. As Lisa Bryant reports from the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, rights groups argue the community is a fledgling experiment on integrating Roma who are often outcasts in many parts of Europe.
Video

Video Kenyans Turn to Agriculture for Business

Each year Kenyan universities continue to churn out graduates for the job market despite the already existing high rate of unemployment among youth in the country. Some of these young men and women have realized that agriculture can be as rewarding as any other business or job, and they are resorting to agribusiness in large numbers as a way of tackling unemployment. Rael Ombuor reports for VOA.
Video

Video First Women Graduate Elite Army Ranger School

Two women are making history for the U.S. Army by proving they are among the toughest of the tough. VOA's Carla Babb reports from Fort Benning, Georgia as 94 men and those two women rise as graduates of the difficult Ranger school.

VOA Blogs