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Obama re-elected as president of the United States

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published November 6, 2012 at 6:18 p.m. Updated November 7, 2012 at 12:51 a.m.

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President Barack Obama speaks at his election night party Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. President Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

— President Barack Obama won re-election Tuesday night despite a fierce challenge from Mitt Romney as well as a weak economy and high unemployment that crimped the middle-class dreams of millions.

“This happened because of you. Thank you,” he tweeted to supporters as he secured four more years in the White House.

Both candidates were tied at 49 percent in the popular vote as of 11 p.m. CST, however Obama led with 290 electoral votes to Romney's 200.

Obama carried Wisconsin, Oregon, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, Minnesota, California, Washington, Hawaii and Romney's home state of Massachusetts. Also, as expected, he won Delaware and Maryland as well as the District of Columbia and Illinois.

Romney had Utah, Mississippi, Arkansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Louisiana, South Dakota, North Dakota, North Carolina, Idaho, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Kentucky and West Virginia in his column. He also won Indiana, a state Obama carried in 2008 but did not contest this year.

We'll update this story as more information becomes available.

Read more in tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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aimee says... November 6, 2012 at 10:39 p.m.

Countdown to President Obama's second term - 75 DAYS..!!!

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MistaPhi05 says... November 6, 2012 at 11:10 p.m.

I LOVE IT.......I LOVE IT......I LOVE IT........Okay Yall Can Get Back To Hating Him NOW..... LOL LOL LOL

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tncbg says... November 6, 2012 at 11:14 p.m.

Perplexing result but life goes on. Here's hoping Obama proves me wrong. We all need him to bring his best for the next four years.

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kpfs says... November 6, 2012 at 11:33 p.m.

Thank God people with good sense got out and voted!

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cliffcarson says... November 6, 2012 at 11:57 p.m.

Not only did the President earn a second term because of his efforts to turn the Economy around, the Republican Party gets a second chance to do something good for America.

Help Obama get us back to where we should be. Work with Obama.

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LevitiCuss says... November 7, 2012 at 12:29 a.m.

Since the Republicans only idea to date was to "make Obama a one-term president", maybe they can let that go and get back to work doing their job: Working for the American people.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... November 7, 2012 at 12:39 a.m.

tncbg .. Obama will prove you to be right in the next four years as he has proved me right in the last four years. The only change we have is the House went to the Rep. in 2010, and hope we can hold the house and take the Senate in 2014. Thus there lays his problem.

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gan says... November 7, 2012 at 12:46 a.m.

U guys keep gettin your Obama fones, foodstamps, housing,welfare,n if not on disability, do that too. We will keep working n paying for it. sSAD DAY FOR AMERICA

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aimee says... November 7, 2012 at 2:12 a.m.

If the Republican Party does not start trying to HELP America instead of just trying to win elections, they will go the way of the dinosaurs - and "good riddance"..!!!!
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74 more days to President's Obama second term..!!!

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SPA says... November 7, 2012 at 6:14 a.m.

Inquire says: "If the Republicans should spend another two years with no goal except to 100% obstruct the president, rather than finding ways to compromise and solve problems, the midterm elections might change the makeup of the House."

Well said! I believe that people *did* connect the dots between the obstructionist Republican Congress and the difficult recovery we've had. Too many jobs sent overseas by the purported wealthy "job creators." Too many politicians in the R side standing for the wealthy over the average Jane and Joe. Every single one of us needs to write our Congressional representatives regularly and demand that they behave like mature adults instead of spoiled brats in tantrum.

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