Obama Wins 2nd Term
He wins Ohio ... and the Oval Office
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2012 5:52 PM CST
Updated Nov 6, 2012 10:50 PM CST
Supporters react to the election results at the election night party for President Barack Obama Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

(Newser) – Barack Obama has won a second term as president after taking Ohio, the AP reports. Though Mitt Romney won the battleground state of North Carolina along with a number of deep red states, the president's victory in Ohio eliminated any chance of a Romney win. Obama thanked his supporters on Twitter when news agencies called the state: "We're all in this together. That's how we campaigned, and that's who we are. Thank you. -bo" Obama led the electoral vote 303-206 with only Florida (29) still outstanding. (Read about his victory speech here, and Romney's concession speech here.)

If you're wondering why Ohio was handed to Obama even though about 25% of votes were still uncounted and Obama was ahead by less than a percentage point, the Wall Street Journal has an answer for you: "The counties in which Mr. Obama is leading have a lot more uncounted votes than the counties that have supported Mitt Romney. So Mr. Obama's lead is more likely to widen than narrow." The popular vote, as opposed to the electoral vote, is tight, but the Times' Nate Silver thinks Obama will win that as well once the West Coast ballots are counted.

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Nov 9, 2012 10:51 AM CST
OK, I'll stir the pot. I had hoped Romney would have taken the "prize". Well 4 more years to fix Bush problems! ;) When will that blame subside? I won't itemize my issues with this administration. I'll keep them to myself. Noting posts here this is a liberal thread with many posts "gutting" anything they don't like. Name calling is an example of their education level. Same for the other side of the spectrum. Posts also indicate in part why this country is and will be gridlocked. Ending it after all the "old white, male" people die off? Like racism and the Irish fighting between themselves ever ends? No chance. You got what you wanted. Hope it's for the better!
Nov 7, 2012 7:34 PM CST
Maybe now the GOP will realize how out of step they are with the american public and do something to fix that. It's the only chance they'll have to win the white house NEXT time around. As one analysis read; the current GOP voting base is static while the democraitc base is growing and diverse.They have different, more progressive values while the GOP is hammering the same stuff they've been using for 30 years but with weaker results. The world is changing and they're not changing with it. They're trying to change it BACK to the way it was when they were younger and it won't work. Life just doesn't work that way. You either adapt and change or you die. That's called EVOLUTION. A guy called Darwin wrote about it a hundred or so years ago. Of course he wrote about biological evolution. This is social evolution. Same idea, different arena.
Nov 7, 2012 6:32 PM CST
It's looks like another 4 year rerun of planet of the apes.