Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Currents. Discussion »
CHICAGO President Barack Obama was re-elected as the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday when he defeated the Republican nominee Mitt Romney. While the popular vote was close with President Obama capturing 50 percent to 49 percent won by Governor Romney, the Electoral College spread proved to be much more decisive margin of victory.
"You've Made Me a Better President"
While the final tabulations are still being compiled, President Obama captured the majority of votes cast by American Indians.
The President garnered 303 to 206 electoral votes. Florida was the only state that was too close to call at press time. Without considering Florida, a state the President won four years ago, only two states he won in 2008 - Indiana and North Carolina - flipped to Romney this year. The President won 26 states and the District of Columbia; Romney won 23 states.
The presidential election was called at 11:18 pm this year. Four years ago, the election was called at 11:00 pm. Governor Romney called President Obama shortly before 1:00 am to concede the election to the president.
The President won re-election because his campaign was able to energize and mobilize its base. Long lines were common place in many cities throughout the country. Some voters waited up to four hours to vote.
In his concession speech from Boston, Romney thanked his donors and supporters.
“This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation,”
said Governor Romney.
President Obama spoke before 20,000 zealous supporters happy with his re-election at McCormick Place in Chicago.
“Tonight in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back,”
President Obama told his supporters early Wednesday.
“We know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.”
“ And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you, and you've made me a better president. And with your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead. Tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual.”
Earlier in the evening, the President Obama and his family watched the election results at their home in Hyde Park before coming to the McCormick Place.
posted November 7, 2012 6:40 am edt
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