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

(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.

Supporters react to the election results at the election night party for President Barack Obama Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Chicago.
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)
Supporters of President Barack Obama react to favorable media projections at the McCormick Place during an election night watch party in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Supporters of President Barack Obama react to favorable media projections at the McCormick Place during an election night watch party in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
A supporter cheers at the election night party for President Barack Obama Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Chicago.
A supporter cheers at the election night party for President Barack Obama Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Supporters of President Barack Obama react to favorable media projections at the McCormick Place during an election night watch party in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Supporters of President Barack Obama react to favorable media projections at the McCormick Place during an election night watch party in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
President Barack Obama calls out to people outside a campaign office in Chicago, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, after a visit with volunteers on the morning of the 2012 election.
President Barack Obama calls out to people outside a campaign office in Chicago, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, after a visit with volunteers on the morning of the 2012 election.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at Nationwide Arena Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.
President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at Nationwide Arena Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
President Barack Obama points to the crowd as he arrives to speak at a campaign event at Nationwide Arena, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.
President Barack Obama points to the crowd as he arrives to speak at a campaign event at Nationwide Arena, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama waves to people as he leaves a campaign office the morning of the 2012 election, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Chicago.
President Barack Obama waves to people as he leaves a campaign office the morning of the 2012 election, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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