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Obama Re-elected President

November 6, 2012

Barack Obama was re-elected president of the United States Tuesday, winning a bitter, expensive campaign against Republican Mitt Romney Tuesday.

Shouts, whoops and hollers erupted at Obama's headquarters in Chicago against The Beatles' "Twist and Shout."

Obama was the projected winner in battleground states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Romney picked up battleground state North Carolina, which voted for Obama in 2008, and flipped Indiana back to red.

Obama was projected the winner at around 11 p.m. EST.

The projected electoral votes are 274 for Obama and 203 for Romney. A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.

Leads flipped between Obama and Romney in battleground states but never varied by more than a couple of percentage points as results started being counted.

Republicans were projected to maintain their majority in the House of Representatives. Reports indicated Republicans not only would hold their majority, but possibly add to it.

The Senate was projected to remain under Democratic control.

Two major upsets for Republicans were projected in the Senate. CNN projected Democrat Elizabeth Warren ousted Sen. Scott Brown and Democrat Rep. Joe Donnelly defeated Richard Mourdock to replace veteran Sen. Richard Lugar, who was ousted in the nominating process.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., held on to her seat, fending off a challenge by Rep. Todd Akin.

In Virginia, former Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, defeated former Gov. George Allen to succeed retiring Sen. Jim Webb.

In Connecticut, Democrat Chris Murphy was the projected winner over Linda McMahon to replace retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats.

Republicans were projected to lose in Maine, as independent Angus King was the projected winner to succeed retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe.

Elected to his first full term in the Senate was Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who was elected to complete the unexpired term of Sen. Robert C. Byrd.

Obama hunkered down in Chicago as Election Day results rolled in while Romney watched the returns and projections in Boston.

As projections were made for other states, no real surprises came out.

Both candidates said they felt good about the campaigns they ran.

Early results from the tiny New Hampshire hamlet of Dixville-Notch reported an even split between Obama and Romney, the first time candidates have tied in that community. The hamlet, which votes at midnight, reported five votes each for the president and his GOP challenger. In 2004, Obama received 15 of the 21 votes cast.

In Hart's Location, N.H., whose population of 41 is nearly four times Dixville Notch's 12, Obama won with 23 votes, Romney received 9 and Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson got 1 vote.

Source: Copyright United Press International 2012

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