CHICAGO, IL. Nov. 7 – After a hard-fought campaign, President Barack Obama defeated Gov. Mitt Romney last night to win re-election. Speaking to thousands of cheering supporters gathered at McCormick Place here early on Wednesday morning, he stuck to themes aimed at unifying a country that remains deeply divided and faces extremely difficult economic challenges.


“Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come,” Obama told the crowd.


With over 90 percent of the votes counted, Obama won 50 percent of the popular vote, with 59,011,968 currently counted in his favor, compared to Romney’s 48 percent, or 56,654,307 votes. The president easily surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed to win by a 303-206 margin.


Votes in some states are still being counted, with only half a percentage point separating Obama and Romney in Florida.


Even though unemployment is still hovering just under 8 percent, Obama said: “Our economy is recovering. A decade of war is ending. Our long campaign is now over.


“And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, and I have learned from you and you have made me a better president…Tonight, you voted for action, not politics as usual.


Obama also pointed to some of the issues he plans to focus on during his next term.


“You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. And in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together. Reducing our deficit. Reforming our tax code. Fixing our immigration system. Freeing ourselves from foreign oil. We've got more work to do.

Gov. Romney also called for bipartisanship in his concession speech, delivered shortly after 1 pm in Boston.


“The nation, as you know, is at a critical point. At a time like this, we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing,” Romney said. “Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work.”




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