President Obama returns to White House for a second term

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November 6th, 2012

Omaha, NE – President Barack Obama will return to the White House for a second term.

In what was predicted to be a neck-and-neck race nationally, the President won handily across the nation on election night, picking up battleground states relatively early after the polls closed. The popular vote remained tight late into the night, as the final returns were counted. But the President picked up several battleground states that clinched the electoral vote. The Midwestern states of Iowa and Wisconsin went to the President early on, as did Colorado and Nevada. Ohio was called later in the evening for the President.

In a passionate speech to supporters in Chicago, the President congratulated challenger Gov. Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan on a hard-fought race. Obama also sought to remind Americans he will govern for all citizens, Republicans and Democrats. “Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you and you have made me a better president,” he told a jubilant crowd.

Obama said he will return to the White House “more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the work that lies ahead.” He concluded his speech by harking back to his keynote address of the 2004 Democratic National Convention that propelled him to the national spotlight. “We are not a collection of red states and blue states,” he said. “We are and forever will be the United States of America.”

In a gracious concession speech, Romney said he wishes the President success in his second term. That drew applause from his crowd of supporters at his campaign headquarters in Boston.

President Barack Obama campaigning in Council Bluffs, Iowa in August. (Photo by Robyn Wisch)

Romney won all five electoral votes from Nebraska, tamping down hopes that Obama would carry the Second Congressional District, as he did in 2008.

In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama peeled off an electoral vote from the state of Nebraska to help send him to the White House. Obama held a rally in Omaha and opened several campaign offices, but in 2012, the campaign opened just one office. Both President Obama and Romney did campaign just across the river from Omaha in Council Bluffs, as did both running mates and former President Bill Clinton on behalf of Obama.

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