TV networks around the country declared that Barack Obama had won a tight race in Ohio — confirming his re-election as President of the United States.
Obama’s stunning victory came even before tight races in Florida and Colorado had been declared. Florida went down to the wire and looked set for a possible recount.
News of Obama’s victory was greeted with wild cheering from huge crowds who gathered at New York’s Rockefeller Center. Meanwhile, there was gloom on the faces of Mitt Romney’s post-lection party in Boston.
Within 15 minutes of the Ohio declaration, Obama tweeted:?“We did this together.” Analysts said the Romney campaign had failed to engage with ethnic minority voters, especially over issues such as immigration reform, despite Romney having a clear polling lead on the economy, long seen as the acid test of any election.
Obama’s victories put pressure on Romney to score victories in Ohio, Florida and Virginia, three battleground states where the race was too close to call.
In the state-by-state battle to get to the 270 electoral votes needed for the presidency, Obama and Romney piled up early victories in the states they were expected to win.
Romney’s chances diminished early
The Republican’s chances were hit by Obama victories in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, as well as New Hampshire. Romney last week visited Wisconsin, home state of his vice presidential running mate, Paul Ryan, and stopped in Pennsylvania earlier yesterday in hopes of pulling off a surprise win there.
In a victory that also limited Romney’s path to a victory, Obama won Michigan, the Republican’s state of birth but where he ran afoul of voters by opposing an auto industry bailout pushed by Obama.
Romney is projected to have won Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, West Virginia, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Indiana.
He was declared the winner in Texas, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.