It will be four more years for President Obama. After the most expensive presidential campaign in history, Obama secured a second term shortly after 11:15 p.m. ET, celebrating his hard-fought victory with an appropriately modern-age touch: a tweet.
With the simple message, "four more years," Obama posted a picture in which he is seen hugging first lady Michelle Obama.
After a nail-biting evening in which he ran neck-and-neck with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for much of the night, Obama was able to secure the necessary 270 electoral votes by taking one of the biggest prizes of the night: Ohio. At press time, the final tally according to CNN was 303 electoral votes to 206 for Obama, with the president tied in the popular vote at 49-49 percent, with Obama ahead by than just under 240,000 votes.
The good news for Obama was tempered by the fact that the president would once again face a divided congress, with Republicans retaining a majority in the House and Democrats a razor-thin lead in the Senate. Pundits immediately predicted that Obama would need to make a move to mend fences with Republicans in his second term in order to secure more cooperation on his ambitious agenda, which includes major legislation on immigration, the environment and tax reform.
Obama's path to victory came through wins in nearly every state he was expected to carry, including such delegate-rich treasures as California, New York and Ohio, as well as Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Romney fell short despite winning the states he was expected to carry, including Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
With Florida still too close more than two hours after the contest was called, Romney waited until after 1 a.m. ET to give his concession speech.
MTV News correspondents James Montgomery and Andrew Jenks were at Romney and Obama headquarters, as both candidates waited out the results. Before the final numbers were announced, young voter Sophia at Obama HQ was overwhelmed by the electricity inside McCormick Place as the throng of supporters watched the results roll in.
"It's electric. It's amazing," she told MTV News. "I'm so excited to be here."
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