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Barack Obama Re-Elected President

President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.

President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan.

NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you."

The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy.

The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges from both candidates. After a weak performance after the Republican Convention, Romney surged following Obama’s listless performance after the first presidential debate. Nevertheless, the president cemented a lead in battleground states heading into Tuesday’s election.

Obama’s performance in Rhode Island wasn't necessarily surprising, considering Rhode Island has voted for the Democratic candidate in recent presidential elections.

Leave RI November 09, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Getting into his mind of influence?? My Arabic is off a little.
10speed November 09, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Pat... hope you didn't stay up all nite trying to think of these proclaimations. (sp)... 75 - 80 % of them apply to that d*** head from 2004. just sayin'
Leave RI November 09, 2012 at 02:54 AM
zero and 120 on the speedometer. I like the 50-70 range.
katherine November 09, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Not there either naome.
David Bouchard November 09, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Yvette, look, you are attacking my patriotism because I don't think like you do, because you perceive me as, horror of horrors - a liberal. First and foremost, I am a patriot [Definition of PATRIOT (From Mirriam-Webster): one who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests]. I've served my country during war-time, I've always held a job, paid my taxes, participated in our democracy by voting, married (twice) raised a family who I believe are also patriots, and, should I live long enough, will see that our four (plus one on the way) grandsons (and any others that follow) will become adults who are also patriots (and hopefully they will be liberals as well). I love this country to my core - I haven't always loved the political party in charge, but that's the type of country we live in. A country where there can be a change in political power governed by law and without violence. As you know, I am also a citizen of this country that I love that is denied full equality, that is denied equal rights, that is discriminated against at almost all levels of this society, but I am a patriot non-the-less. I know that it won't always be that way because justice always wins out and the times they are a-changin'.

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