Obama re­gains White House in his­toric con­test

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WASH­ING­TON

Buoyed by a slowly but surely re­cov­er­ing econ­omy and a dis­play of cool lead­er­ship dur­ing su­per­storm Sandy, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama scored a de­ci­sive vic­tory over Repub­li­can chal­lenger Mitt Rom­ney af­ter a long, con­tentious and ex­pen­sive elec­tion bat­tle.

The glad tid­ings for Obama, who was en­gaged in one of the clos­est White House races ever, came around 11.15 p.m. Tues­day when ma­jor net­works gave him 274 elec­toral votes to take him over the thresh­old of 270 re­quired to win.

By mid­night, Obama, who four years ago made his­tory by be­com­ing the first AfricanAmer­i­can to oc­cupy the world’s most pow­er­ful of­fice with a prom­ise of hope and change to a coun­try in the throes of a deep re­ces­sion, had in­creased his lead to 290 and count­ing.

Joy­ful sup­port­ers danced and cheered at Obama’s vic­tory party in Chicago as Obama tweeted: “Four more years.”

“We’re all in this to­gether. That’s how we cam­paigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you,” said an­other tweet from Obama, the 51-year-old son of a Kenyan fa­ther and a white Amer­i­can mother.

The mood at Rom­ney’s elec­tion-night gath­er­ing in Bos­ton was som­bre as the chal­lenger called the pres­i­dent and came out to make a con­ces­sion speech shortly be­fore 1 a.m.

Ad­dress­ing a gath­er­ing of cheer­ing sup­port­ers in Bos­ton, Rom­ney said he wished Obama and his fam­ily well.

It was a “time of great chal­lenges for Amer­ica”, Rom­ney said, adding that he prayed that the “pres­i­dent would be suc­cess­ful in guid­ing our na­tion”.

He also thanked his run­ning mate Paul Ryan. “Be­sides my wife Ann, Paul is the best choice I ever made,” Rom­ney, 65, said.

“She would have made a won­der­ful first lady,” he added.

Rom­ney, who fought a tough fight that went down to the wire, said this was a “crit­i­cal time” for the na­tion. We can’t af­ford par­ti­san bick­er­ing, the Repub­li­can chal­lenger to the White House told the crowds, many of whom ap­peared to be lis­ten­ing with tears in their eyes.

“I be­lieve in Amer­ica. I be­lieve in the peo­ple of Amer­ica,” he said. In early re­sults, Obama won his home state of Illi­nois as well as Rom­ney’s home state of Mas­sachusetts, where Rom­ney was gover­nor from 2003 to 2007, be­sides Wis­con­sin, the home of chal­lenger’s run­ning mate Paul Ryan. Apart from the bat­tle­ground states of Ohio and Iowa, he also eas­ily won tra­di­tional Demo­cratic strongholds of Cal­i­for­nia, New York and other pop­u­lous states such as Michi­gan and Penn­syl­va­nia, where Rom­ney mounted a late but un­suc­cess­ful push, the chan­nel said.

— PLUS NEWS

CHICAGO: US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama ac­com­pa­nied by (from L-R ) First Lady Michelle and daugh­ters Sasha and Malia cel­e­brates his re-elec­tion, forg­ing his­tory again by tran­scend­ing a slow eco­nomic re­cov­ery and the high un­em­ploy­ment which haunted his first term to beat Repub­li­can Mitt Rom­ney.

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