Barack Obama re-elected as President of the United States

By Matt Knudsen, NewsNetNebraska

The race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney was as close as the polls and pundits had expected.

In the end, President Barack Obama was re-elected.

At 11:25 p.m., Obama tweeted, “We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned.”

After multiple news outlets gave the state of Ohio to Obama, the race was called.

According to The Associated Press, the mood at Romney’s headquarters was grim.

“Staffers were beginning to trickle in, almost all expressing shock or surprise that so many states had voted for Obama,” said Kasie Hunt on Twitter.

As expected, Romney took Nebraska.

Romney claimed all five of Nebraska’s electoral votes.

“The big surprise is that the polls had everything pretty much right,” said John Hibbing, political science professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “Close states are close, and states projected to go to certain candidates are going the way they were projected.”

According to UNL political science professor Lloyd Ambrosius, three of the most important states were Ohio, Virginia and Florida.

“If Romney wanted to win the presidency, he had to win these states,” Ambrosius said.

In the end, Obama winning Ohio put him over the edge.

For the latest Nebraska updates on the presidential election, see this page of Secretary of State election results.

Willard Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate, was elected as the Governor of Massachusetts in 2002. In 2006 he decided to not seek re-election in order to focus on the 2008 presidential election.

In 2008, he won several caucuses and primaries, but eventually lost the Republican nomination to John McCain.

Romney announced his bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination in June 2011. By May 2012 he was the clear favorite for the bid.

In August 2012, Romney announced his running mate and vice-presidential candidate would be Paul Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin.

Romney had what he called the “5 Point Plan” for generating jobs in America.

The plan laid out steps that the United States needs to take to turn around the economy and create more jobs, which Romney says translates to more money for American families.

The steps included energy independence, creating trade “that works for America,” growing American’s skills through better public schools and other opportunities, cutting the deficit and to champion small business. Romney hoped this combination will lead to a stronger economy for the country.

Barack Obama, the Democratic Party candidate, is the 44th president of the United States.

Obama was elected to the Senate from Illinois in 2004 and served there until resigning after being elected president in 2008.

Vice President Joe Biden will continue in his position. Biden served in the Senate, representing Delaware from 1973 through 2009, when he resigned to accept his position as vice president.

Obama focused on moving the country forward, “not backward” throughout his 2012 campaign. His campaign laid out a plan to cut taxes for the middle class, working to cut tuition costs and widespread immigration reform.

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