Obama re-elected US president
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Washington, Nov 7: Barack Obama Wednesday clinched a resounding victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney to earn a second term as US President braving economic woes and straightaway promised bi-partisan politics after a deeply polarized election.
A votary of strong ties with India, 51-year-old Obama, the first black American to occupy the White House, scored what turned out to be a comfortable victory over his feisty rival after a bitter and costly campaign.
Disproving predictions of a narrow victory in a very tight race, the incumbent virtually swept battleground states of Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio and New Hampshire after a neck-and-neck race in the initial stages.
He secured 303 electoral votes against 206 of Romney in a college of 535 votes plus three of District of Columbia. A candidate has to get at least 270 votes to become President.
Notwithstanding doubts over his ability to revive economy from the effects of the crisis, the worst after the Great Depression of 1930s, and an anxious future, voters appeared to have chosen status quo leaving Democrats with control of the Senate and Republicans the House of Representatives.
What tilted the race in Obama's favour was the massive swing he got from the victory in California, which has the largest number of 55 electoral votes, and Ohio with 18. Till California was called Romney had led over Obama.
Pollsters had even apprehended a tie after the Presidential debates and surveys, but in the ultimate analysis Obama got over 300 votes but not anywhere near his 2008 score of 349. After the networks declared Obama the winner, 65-year-old Romney called him and congratulated him. "This is a time of great challenge for our nation. I pray the President will be successful in guiding our nation," he told his supporters.
The President reciprocated his sentiments and congratulated him on a hard-fought campaign.
Praising his rival, Obama said he looked forward to sitting down with Romney to talk about "where we can work together to move this country forward".
Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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