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Barack Obama: “Tonight, you voted for action”

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Obama’s tweet declaring “Four more years” in the White House.

OBAMA WINS ELECTION (Updated). After a close run, key state Ohio went to president Obama who then secured four more years as president of the United States.

In his speech from Chicago, the President reached out a hand to Republicans in Congress to work together to fix the budget deficit, the immigration system, and numerous other questions.

“Tonight, you voted for action,” the President stated. “I’m hopeful tonight. I’ve never been more hopeful about our future,” he added.

Exit polls of voters leaving their voting places suggested a razor-close outcome in a deeply divided nation, with the incumbent holding a small advantage, 50%-48%. That finding was from a survey of more than 23,000 voters nationally, USA Today reported.

Early polling data suggests there will be no major changes in Congress, with Republicans holding a majority of seats in both the Senate and the House.

Obama broke out early in the night, winning a string of key battlegrounds even as Romney built his electoral-vote count with wins in reliably conservative states. Obama scored a big win in Pennsylvania, a vital battleground where Romney made a late play for support. Obama also walked away with a win in the swing states of Nevada, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Michigan, Fox News reported.

Minutes before Obama was projected the winner, Romney claimed his first battleground prize of the night with a projected victory in North Carolina, where the Democrats held their 2012 convention, according to the network.

On 8.16 PM, the Obama team sent out a message on Twitter that read, “Four more years.” Attached has a picture giving his wife Michelle a hug. Mitt Romney had then not admitted his defeat.

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While Obama supporters in Chicago were ecstatic, Romney’s Boston event was grim as the news was announced on television screens there. A steady stream of people left the ballroom at the Boston convention center, Reuters reported.

Still, Obama faces a difficult task of tackling $1 trillion annual deficits, reducing a $16 trillion national debt, overhauling expensive social programs and dealing with a gridlocked U.S. Congress that kept the same partisan makeup, Reuters noted.

 

The Obama family in Chicago on election night. Photo: CNN

 

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