Obama wins re-election
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Overcoming powerful economic headwinds, President Obama was re-elected in a contest that set the stage for continued confrontation in Washington over how best to shape the nation's fiscal future.
Mr. Obama won his first term in a historic election suffused with soaring rhetoric. He prevailed Tuesday after a less edifying struggle in which he and Mitt Romney competed to portray one another as threats to the nation's future. Mr. Romney's efforts to equate unemployment and and a lagging recovering with Obama policy failures feel short in one key state after another, however, as the president was on his way to a clear electoral college victory. The tally of the popular vote remained less certain, however, as the Republican still held the advantage in the raw vote totals with millions of ballots, particularly in western states, still to be counted.
Power in Washington would remain divided, however, as it appeared that Democrats had failed to reclaim enough House seats to wrest the Speaker's gavel from the Republicans
First Published November 6, 2012 11:20 pm