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Barack Obama Re-Elected President

President Obama defeats 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, U.S. 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 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 in the first presidential debate. Nevertheless, the president cemented a lead in battleground states heading into Tuesday’s election.

Pennsylvania was one of the earliest swing states to be called for Obama, who spent little time and money campaigning here. Romney made a last-minute push in the Keystone State with a rally in Bucks County on Sunday and visits Monday by surrogate Rudy Giuliani.

Election Day across eastern Pennsylvania was marked by heavy voter turnout and problems at several polling places.

Along with Obama, Pennsylvania's U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, won re-election, defeating Tea Party Republican Tom Smith, a coal magnate from the western part of the state.

Mary B November 12, 2012 at 03:58 PM
My immediate plan is to contact my House and Senate representatives on the State and Federal level. Federally, the "CLIFF" is looming, and anything other than a fair across the board compromise from either party is unacceptable and, therefore, not earning their keep. Now is the time to make your voice heard because now they (Republicans and Democrats) are listening. You may not agree with my across the board "lessen the burden by sharing the burden" philosophy and that is fine. What ever your ideas are, share it with your reps. Please share your thoughts and ideas on the "Cliff." I'm all ears and open for the positive.
Mary B November 12, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Hey Crestor! I'm a Republican and that doesn't matter. Anyway, you just go on being who you are.
slyfox November 12, 2012 at 04:50 PM
While I agree somewhat, there is no sense in trying to communicate with those in government It is a waste of time. Nothing will be accomplished and we all will fall by the wayside. Our elected keep track of who owes what to whom and they slammed the brakes. Those in power will continue their blackmailing strategies for there will never be compromises and one always believes his idea is more important than the next. The public always lose and we will end up at the wrong end of the stick I am afraid. Peace.
Mary B November 12, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I disagree slyfox. If people would stay in contact with our elected, it would, indeed, make a difference. Although, I understand the feeling when you email your reps and you receive the automated "thanks a bunch" response; what you convey can feel like it got sucked into a black hole.
Mary B November 12, 2012 at 05:07 PM
If folks can take the time to type a response on a comment board such as this, it is just as easy to shoot an email to your reps. In fact, you can do it in one shot if it applies to the issue.

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