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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 Obama campaign won 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.

While the results in Florida are still too close to call, here around Tampa Bay, President Obama got the majority of the votes in Pinellas County

Jan Dunlap November 08, 2012 at 04:29 PM
The election is over, I am still angry and will be until we can replace this sorry excuse for a human that will occupy the WH. I said WH, not my WH, he has stolen my tax dollars, lied to me, and continues to lie to me. He is no better than his best buddies, Putin, Castro, and Chavez. The RNC lost this election...why? On purpose?
Anne Onomous November 08, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I hear ya, Jan! This (to me) isn't about women's rights, helping the unfortunate and not the clueless, racial divides, religious positions, gay/lesbians, or any other political factions...... this is about a LOT more. This to me is about the direction the country is taking when we have a media that doesn't ask the hard questions, doesn't require accountability, allows people to deceive and deflect by not keeping their promises, and the apathetic nature the electorate is taking as a whole by not considering these issues in their voting decisions. People have taken on a good parent/bad parent mentality. The parent/candidate who promises you candy 24/7 and lets you stay up all hours of the night will always win over the one that requires you maintain a curfew and eat your vegetables. But in the long run, who's REALLY looking out for YOUR best interests?
Lynda November 08, 2012 at 04:48 PM
To "adam wailing". The language in your comment has been troubling me. While I personally would never use the term "redneck", I do understand others don't always regard it as an insult. The word "retard" is another matter. There is absolutely no excuse for ever using this word as an insult. Millions of people and their families struggle with mental disabilities; some from birth throughout their whole lives, others from injuries, many in military service. It is disrespectful to them to ever use this word as a casual insult. This Patch has seen comments deleted for profanity; in my opinion this is a word that should be added to any list which would cause a comment to be deleted. In any case, there are so many other words which could be used that don't have the power to hurt so many innocent people and their families.
American Patriot November 08, 2012 at 04:49 PM
And, as someone who once was part of the nuclear weapons reliability program, and had access to four distinct Top Secret compartmented programs, I can tell you that you know comparatively little about how such forces can be - and should, or sometimes should not be - inserted. Instead of blowing smoke and flashing mirrors, why don't you, and everyone else, wait for the results of the various investigations being done by the professionals? One of my former responsibilities was in communications, and instantaneous reactions are often wrong, and multiple reactions are often conflicting, as our incoming communications often demonstrated. This President has been superb in his use of US military forces, getting more done at less cost to our brave troops, and to the nation overall. And, if you are going to criticize him for an incident where not even the investigating professionals, with access to multiple sources of information, have yet been able to reach conclusions, then all you are doing is trying to find some way to justify your own anger and disappointment, and finding some single source of complex issues and facts, and take it out on the President. You have no idea what the President, or the multiple layers of command (and do you really understand the chain of command?), knew as the incident was evolving.
Goin' Commando November 08, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Oh my, Ms Dunlap is off into fantasyland, without even paying for her Florida Resident Disney Pass. Fortunately, even most of those who voted for Romney are not that delusional. Governor Romney was gracious and inspiring in his concession speech, and President Obama was equally thoughtful in his own recognition of the lifelong sense of service which both George Romney and his son Mitt followed. The President was also inspiring in his election acceptance speech, and he spoke of themes that are well understood by the moderate wing of the Republican Party, and if that wing can prevail over the Tea Party lunatics, then this country will be able to overcome not only the five and a half year old recession which is slowly being corrected, but also build a solid future for my children and grandchildren.

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