Obama gets second term

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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OneNewsNow.com Staff (OneNewsNow.com)

Even with voting results from two vital "swing states" still outstanding, Barack Obama has been declared the winner in his long political battle with GOP challenger Mitt Romney.

Needing 270 electoral votes to make it official, the president was declared the winner of Ohio's 18 votes shortly after 11:00 p.m. (Eastern) on Tuesday night -- running his total to 275. Within minutes of that announcement, the Romney campaign challenged the Ohio call because of that state's very close popular vote.

Florida (29 electoral votes) and Virginia (13) -- both critical swing states where the final tally in the popular vote was extremely close -- had not yet been called at that time.

Romney had a very slight lead in the popular vote at press time.


From Associated Press...

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has been re-elected to a second term, defeating Republican Mitt Romney in a hard-fought race in which the economy was the dominant issue.

Voters decided to give Obama another four years of stewardship over an economy that is slowly recovering from the recession.

Obama captured battleground states including Ohio, Iowa and Colorado on his way to the 270 electoral votes he needed.

Romney unsuccessfully campaigned on the theme that his business background gave him the experience needed to guide the nation out of tough economic times.

Obama will again be dealing with a divided Congress. Democrats maintained control of the Senate and Republicans likely will again control the House. Among the most pressing matters is the so-called "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts scheduled to hit in January. Economists have warned that if they aren't averted, the nation could face another recession.

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