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Barack Obama Re-Elected President

President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.

President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan.

NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you."

The campaign Obama won was the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy.

The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges from both candidates. After a weak performance after the Republican Convention, Romney surged following Obama’s listless performance after the first presidential debate. Nevertheless, the president cemented a lead in battleground states heading into Tuesday’s election.

Obama also claimed Michigan and the state's 16 electoral votes on a day when voter turnout was high in the Mitten State.

Obama's performance in Michigan wasn't necessarily surprising, considering Michigan voted for Obama in 2008.

Romney, despite being a Michigan native, never could overcome Obama.

The Duke of Royal Oak November 14, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Jim Sparks, very well said. The haters can pursue the birth certificate,religious records, etc...and follow Donald Trump and Sara Palin. Absolute luneacy!
Stephen Kiluk November 14, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Well stated Jim, I have been nauseated by many comments made here, the personal attacks, name-calling and silly remarks. Thanks for stating the case of the silent majority who agree with you Jim.
Brian Smith November 15, 2012 at 01:21 AM
The economy was growing at less than 2% before the election. Since then, the market has declined an average of 1% per DAY since B.O. was elected and he is insisting on DE-stimulating the market more with crushing tax hikes. The target tax guys will not pay those taxes but will cut their businesses back (jobs) drastically to re-align themselves with the hostile environment. Fewer jobs means far less revenue and a crash beyond belief...as B.O. says, "it's just arithmetic." His agenda has nothing to do with increasing jobs...nothing...It is all about the drastic expansion of government control of everyone...ie. power. And it will be tragic.
Erin November 15, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Brian - wow, market volatility after an election? Gee, never heard of it. (snark) There's uncertainty over the fiscal cliff/curb, especially since they saw how willing the GOP was to drive full speed off the cliff in the 2011 debt debacle when they passed up a very good deal (from a Republican perspective) - the fallout of their stubborn obstruction was a credit downgrade. And there's the possibililty of another if they take their ball again and go home. (arms folded, foot stomping) CEO's don't have too much faith in GOP to come to their senses; that's why they came out the end of the White House meeting saying - a slight hike in upper level rates won't hurt, let's get this done and move on. "CEOs offer Obama support to avoid fiscal cliff" http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/14/15171606-ceos-offer-obama-support-to-avoid-fiscal-cliff?lite Everyone else is ready to fix the debt and get onto more jobs. GOP? Still wailing about taking a whole 14 days to investigate an international incident (Benghazi). Gee, 10+ years, and still waiting to hear why Americans had to die in illegal war in Iraq. Also waiting for the GOP outrage that there's never been answers, and why Condi Rice said: "We don't want the Smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud." Answers and outrage, any day now, I'm sure. In the meantime, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Right??
The Duke of Royal Oak November 15, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Editor. It is time to close this article down. Its over and no need for cyber arguing about the democrats or republicans. We are one Nation, We are one Country, We are one People. Let us all pull together and work for the good of all. Our former presidents all unite and work together and support the current president, as I have read in the AARP magazine. Happy Thanksgiving to all. HRH The Duke of Royal Oak.

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