Obama wins re-election; Romney concedes

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Updated: 11/06/2012 11:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and winning four more years in office 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.

Romney telephoned the president, then spoke to disappointed supporters in Boston. In a graceful concession, he summoned all Americans to pray for the president and urged the night's winners to put partisan bickering aside and "reach across the aisle" to tackle the nation's problems.

Romney did win North Carolina and its 15 electoral votes Tuesday, four years after President Barack Obama picked up a surprise win for the Democrats by 14,000 votes. The GOP had won every other presidential race in the state since 1980.

After the costliest — and arguably the nastiest — campaign in history, divided government seemed alive and well.

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.

At Obama headquarters in Chicago, a huge crowd gathered waving small American flags and cheering. Supporters hugged each other, danced and pumped their fists in the air. Excited crowds also gathered in New York's Times Square, at Faneuil Hall in Boston and near the White House in Washington, drivers joyfully honking as they passed by.
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Ktkt1955 - 11/7/2012 10:30 PM
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Congrats, I hope he gets the help from the rest of houses to finish what was started. He has four more years and it will take all four to complete what he started. He said it would take time and asked for patience. There has been some changes, but now we will see the rest of his plan come together.

Grayson Cain - 11/7/2012 10:22 AM
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I just love listening to the pathetic whining of the "lesser minds" who let the media tell them how to think. Their ignorance and their hate is sad, but very entertaining. Glad to see that they will be entertaining me for at least the next 4 years with their idiotic rants.

Pirate Kel - 11/7/2012 9:00 AM
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how do we impeach??

happymac2 - 11/7/2012 8:46 AM
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President Obama won the election because he understands the power of convictions! Simply put, he believes in his principles more than the "moderates" who have no real principles (except what is expedient). America was founded on spiritual principles by men who were willing to risk it all for a chance to dictate their own destinies rather than have them dictated by others. America was not founded upon economic principles - but on the simple truth and belief that freedom must be fought for and properly guarded at any cost! Since the economy was the major factor in the election- rather than the moral, social and spiritual condition of our nation, we will lose everything! Where are the leaders who are unafraid to tell it like it is? We have lost our rights, our freedoms, our police protection (now that it is all federal), our privacy, our ability to choose our own health care and so many other great liberties! Bye Bye to freedom - and we have just witnessed the death of the once greatest nation this world ever knew! Unfortunately, there no more new worlds to flee to.
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