Barack Obama re-elected as U.S. president

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President Barack Obama calls Wisconsin volunteers as he visits a campaign office call center the morning of the 2012 election, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Chicago.

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and prevailing despite a weak economy that plagued his first term and put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions.

"This happened because of you. Thank you," Obama tweeted to supporters as he celebrated four more years in the White House.

After the costliest – and arguably the nastiest – campaign in history, divided government.

Democrats retained control of the Senate with surprising ease. Republicans were on course for the same in the House, making it likely that Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Obama's partner in unsuccessful deficit talks, would reclaim his seat at the bargaining table.

Romney led narrowly in the popular vote, with 47.5 million votes, to 47.3 million for Obama, with ballots counted in 70 per cent of the nation's precincts.

But Obama's laserlike focus on the battleground states allowed him to run up a sizeable margin in the competition for electoral votes, where it mattered.

He won Ohio, Wisconsin, Virginia, Iowa, New Hampshire, Colorado and Nevada, seven of the nine battlegrounds where the rivals and their allies poured nearly $1 billion into dueling television commercials.

Romney was in Massachusetts, his long and grueling bid for the presidency at an unsuccessful end.

He won North Carolina among the battleground states. Florida remained too close to call.

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  • Laura
    November 07, 2012 - 22:35

    I couldn't be happier that Obama has won and will be moving forward with social agendas. Many progressive voters in the states this election, three more states with equal marriage rights and legalization of a fairly harmless drug. It's about time. I am not an American but I am honestly relieved to have a president next door who is pro-choice and fighting for equality.

    • Devil you know
      November 08, 2012 - 18:49

      You've been conned Laura. Obama has never been about equality. He has been about removing choice from all things in his Kingdom and the State mandates your behaviors. American's new Dictator never had individual rights in his agenda

  • Ulfric
    November 07, 2012 - 16:16

    Once again, NOT LOCAL NEWS

  • wllsarallw
    November 07, 2012 - 08:28

    Though we may not be American what happens there effects us and the rest of the world. I for one am so utterly stoked about Obama's victory I was unsure there for a moment that he wouldn't be victorious but the states have proven themselves yesterday!!!

    • Goreorso
      November 07, 2012 - 17:37

      Americans deserve the kind of government they elect. Nothing but bad news and bad times ahead for America and they asked for it. We will pay the price economically but I'm sure glad I'm not an American. Now if we can just keep that insanity south of the border we will be ok.

  • John MacInnis
    November 07, 2012 - 07:51

    I thought Romney should have won, but figured it would be tough to accomplish, because less than two per cent of the American electorate are Mormons, and lots of American Christians think Mormonism is a cult, so I think if Romney was a Baptist or Catholic, then he would have won the presidency with more than 300 electoral college votes, but that's a moot point now, as Obama won his second term fair and square.

    • melanie
      November 07, 2012 - 09:10

      He did not win fair and square. The GOP decided who would run. The people wanted Ron Paul. You are made to think you have a choice in the USA, but indeed you do not. The parties pick whom will further the agenda of the elite and then they want Americans to choose the best puppet. We are just a banana republic with a lot of icing on top. Read blacklisted.new for the real stuff.

    • ron paul
      November 07, 2012 - 11:45

      Ron Paul is a republican, not a democrat. He's not in the same party as Obama. To say that Obama did not win fairly, because another party chose a representative that you do not like to oppose him, is just stupid.

  • Sad day for the USA
    November 07, 2012 - 07:30

    Sad day for the USA when people can't see beyond their outstretched hand for "free" stuff. Four more years of bad government is bad news for Canada's economy as they did a hole so deep it will take decades to dig out of it....if ever. Bad news for the world as it unravels further and we'll be in another Middle East war soon and sending our own into harms way. Better learn to speak Chinese folks now that the USA is in guaranteed decline as China greeces or bankrolls the USA slide into bankruptcy.