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Late on the night of November 6, 2012, incumbent US President Barack Obama swept the stakes to record an emphatic victory over Republican contender Gov. Mitt Romney in a historic win. The 44th US President became the first African American to occupy White House in 2008 and was re-elected by popular mandate despite concerns of an ailing economy haunting his initial term.

The 57th quadrennial US Presidential Election bared the political divides in the country but was marked by many embarrassing moments for both the Republican and Democratic parties. To the close of the verdict, the two candidates, however, gracefully tried to heal the wounds and committed to work in tandem to ensure the progress of the country. ‘We know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come', said President Obama, while in his concession speech Gov. Romney promised ‘This is a time of great challenges for America and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation.

Obama bagged 332 votes, well over the 270 needed to secure a win. Romney had a total of about 206 votes. Democrats managed to keep control of the Senate but Republican still rule the roost in the House. At the Senate, the Democrats remained short of the 60-vote super majority needed to bypass Republicans on any major legislation.

Obama defended his claims over the Oval Office by wooing Pennsylvania, New York, Nevada, Ohio, New Hampshire, Colorado and Iowa. Romney and Ryan faced disappointing defeats in their home states – Michigan and Wisconsin but were successful in winning Indiana and North Carolina. Latino voters backed Obama and helped his victory in Nevada and Colorado.

The 2012 elections has been a very difficult path for both parties with negative campaigns being the focus. Both candidates ran neck to neck according to most national polls. Obama's victory is a surprise considering that no president in the past 70 years has been returned to office with a national unemployment rate of over 7.4%. The US unemployment rate is currently 7.9%.

Obama has been given a second chance by the American voters to protect his health care and financial reforms. Iran and the ‘fiscal-cliff' remain immediate challenges President Obama will need to face.

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