UPDATE: Obama Re-elected to 2nd Term

UPDATED Tuesday, November 7, 2012 --- 1:16 a.m.

CHICAGO (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the American people have "picked ourselves up" and fought back during tough economic times, declaring after winning re-election that the "best is yet to come."

Obama says he wants to meet with Republican rival Mitt Romney to discuss how they can work together. He says they may have "battled fiercely, but it's only because we love this country deeply."

The president rolled to a second term over Romney, winning more than 300 electoral votes.

Obama was welcomed by thunderous applause as he arrived on stage in his hometown, joined by first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia.

Romney said earlier he called Obama to congratulate him on his victory, adding that he prays "the president will be successful in guiding our nation."

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 7, 2012 --- 12:11 a.m.

By The Associated Press

Shortly before 1 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Mitt Romney appeared at the Boston Convention Center to deliver a concession speech.

He was greeted by cheers and whistles in anticipation of what he'd say. Senior aides filed into the ballroom as Romney prepared to take the stage; visibly emotional, they shared hugs with each other as they watched.

Upon Romney's announcement that he had called President Barack Obama "to congratulate him on his victory," the raucous crowd redoubled its noise.

"This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray the president will be successful in guiding our nation," Romney said.

He thanked his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, earning big applause.

Referring to his wife, Romney said: "I also want to thank Ann, the love of my life. She would have been a wonderful first lady."

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 6, 2012 --- 11:54 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Mitt Romney has called President Barack Obama to concede the presidential race.

That's according to an Obama aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the call was private.

Romney is expected to speak shortly in Boston before supporters.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 --- 10:56p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- President Barack Obama has won Wisconsin, capturing the state's 10 electoral votes for a second time and defeating a Republican ticket that included Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.

The president defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the state during Tuesday's election.

Obama won the state in 2008 by 14 points. But since then, Wisconsin has shifted hard to the right. Many Republicans were confident that Romney could win the state, given that Republican Gov. Scott Walker defeated a recall effort in June.

But Obama held a lead in the polls all year. In October, Obama attracted 30,000 people to the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison for his largest campaign event up to that point.

The win continues the string of Democratic presidential victories in Wisconsin dating back to 1984.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 --- 10:53p.m.

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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UPDATED: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 --- 10:43p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Barack Obama has won re-election to a second term as president, beating back a fierce challenge from Republican Mitt Romney. Obama prevailed despite a weak economy and high unemployment.

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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 --- 10:22p.m.

AP says President Obama wins Ohio. NBC News projects Obama will be re-elected.

The Associated Press has called Ohio for President Barack Obama. This makes the path to Obama's re-election much easier as no Republican has won the White House without this key swing state. The last president elected despite losing Ohio was Democrat John F. Kennedy in 1960, and the last sitting president to lose Ohio was George H.W. Bush in 1992 to Democrat Bill Clinton.


Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 --- 10:07p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mitt Romney is the winner in North Carolina, where both campaigns had worked to wrap up the state's 15 electoral votes.

While President Barack Obama hadn't returned to North Carolina since the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, first lady Michelle Obama was in the state Monday and former President Bill Clinton visited on Sunday.

Obama, meanwhile, has won Minnesota, despite a late Republican push in the state. And a win in California has given Obama an additional 55 electoral votes toward the 270 he needs to win a second term in office.

Mitt Romney has won in Arizona, with 11 electoral votes, and also in Idaho. But Romney earlier lost Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, two states in which his campaign had been hoping for a win. Obama has also picked up the four electoral votes from Hawaii.

Obama now has 229 electoral votes to Romney's 190.

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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 --- 9:21p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A New England battleground state has gone to President Barack Obama. He won the four electoral votes at stake in New Hampshire.

Mitt Romney, meanwhile, has won in Utah, a state where he has ties. Romney was the organizer of the Salt Lake City Olympics.

Those results left Romney with 159 electoral votes, to Obama's 147.

Utah voters also re-elected veteran Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch to a seventh term. His Democratic rival, Scott Howell, made an issue of Hatch's age of 78.

In Massachusetts, Democrat Elizabeth Warren has defeated Republican Sen. Scott Brown in one of the most expensive races in the country. The two sides spent $68 million, even after banning outside money.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pennsylvania has turned out to be safe for the Democrats after all. The state's 20 electoral votes are going to President Barack Obama.

Pennsylvania had been considered to be in Obama's column for much of the campaign. But in recent days, as polls appeared to narrow, Mitt Romney's campaign saw an opportunity. There was a late advertising blitz for Romney, and the candidate added visits to Pennsylvania Sunday and again on Election Day.

Voters in Indiana have rejected one of the two Republican Senate candidates whose campaigns ran into trouble because of comments about rape and abortion. Democrat Joe Donnelly defeated Republican Richard Mourdock, who slipped in the polls after saying during a debate that when a woman who is raped becomes pregnant, it's what "God intended."


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is the winner of the 16 electoral votes in Michigan -- the state that benefitted the most from the auto industry bailout. Michigan, where Mitt Romney's father served as governor, wasn't heavily contested by the two campaigns, though it did see some late GOP advertising.

Obama also won in New Jersey, battered last week by Hurricane Sandy.

Romney, meanwhile, has added Alabama's nine electoral votes to his column. Romney also captured the 38 electoral votes at stake in Texas, and added wins in Louisiana, Mississippi, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Arkansas and Wyoming. He also won at least four of Nebraska's five votes.

Obama won in New York, with 29 electoral votes. At last count, Romney has 153 electoral votes to Obama's 123.

Texans elected Republican Ted Cruz as the state's first Hispanic U.S. senator. Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow won re-election over former U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra. Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand in New York and Amy Klobuchar in Minnesota are also staying in their Senate seats. Republican John Barrasso won re-election in Wyoming.

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