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Barack Obama re-elected

2012-11-07 12:55

President Barack Obama has been re-elected to a second term, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the BBC reports.

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America's first black president secured the 270 votes in the electoral college needed to win the race.

In his victory speech before supporters in Chicago, Mr Obama said he would talk to Mr Romney about "where we can work together to move this country forward".

Outcome of the race was determined in the last hour after the polls closed on the West Coast and completion of the counting of votes in the center and eastern states of the United States, the News-Georgia reported.

As compared to the previous elections, Obama "lost" only Indiana and North Carolina.

Under the US constitution, each state is given a number of electoral votes in rough proportion to its population. The candidate who wins 270 electoral votes - by prevailing in the mostly winner-takes-all state contests - becomes president.

 

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