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President Barack Obama beats Romney to win re-election

  • U.S. President Barack Obama has been re-elected to a second term, beating Republican rival Mitt Romney.

    On Tuesday, America's first black president secured more than the 270 votes in the electoral college required to win the race to the White House.

    Obama captured solid Democratic states along with a number of swing states such as Colorado, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Virginia and Wisconsin. His marginal victory in Ohio, a crucial Mid-Western battleground state, sealed the win.

    Romney won North Carolina and Indiana, both of which were won by Obama in 2008, as well as the solid Republican states.

    In his victory speech before supporters in Chicago, Obama said he would talk to Romney about "where we can work together to move this country forward".

    Obama won despite growing unhappiness over the state of the economy and a hard-fought battle by Romney.

    His Democrats also retained their majority in the Senate, which they have held since 2007.

    Meanwhile, the Republicans kept control of the House of Representatives, which analysts say is likely to result in more of that political deadlock seen in Obama’s first term.

    Obama said he was returning to office "more determined, and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do, and the future that lies ahead".

    With only Florida's 29 electoral votes still undecided, Obama won 303 electoral votes to Romney's 206.

    The popular vote, which is symbolically important but not decisive in the election, still remains very close.

    Meanwhile in Boston, at the Romney campaign headquarters, the Republican presidential hopeful congratulated Obama and said he and Mr Ryan had "left everything on the field" and had given their all in the campaign.

    Referring to the ailing economy, Romney said now was not the time for "partisan bickering and political posturing", adding that Republicans and Democrats must "put people before politics".

    "I so wish that I had been able to fulfil your hopes to lead the country in a different direction but the nation chose another leader and so I join with you to earnestly pray for Mr. Obama and for this great nation," he said.