LIVE BLOG: Obama Wins Re-election

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    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.
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    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. 
     
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    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.
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    President Obama is giving his vistory speech to thousands of cheering supporters in Chicago.
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    President Obama is expected to address his supporters and give his victory speech in Chicago very soon.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Mitt Romney has just walked out on stage in Boston to deliver his concession speech.
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    Watch video shot by The Guardian as President Obama's supporters learn he has won enough electoral votes to secure a second term:

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    CNN's Candy Crowley reporting that Obama and Romney have spoken by phone following the election results.
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    The Boston Globe reports Romney staffers almost all expressed shock or surprise that so many states had voted for Obama.
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    We're all waiting to hear what Romney will do now. 


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    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!

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