Barack Obama clinched a second term as US president, defeating his Republican challenger Mitt Romney in a tough fight that went down to the wire.
The glad tidings for Obama came around 11.15 p.m. when major networks gave him 290 electoral votes to take him over the threshold of 270 required to win. Romney was reported as getting 203 electoral votes.
Four years ago, Obama was elected as the US’ first African American president and he has now become the third consecutive president to retain office after George Bush and Bill Clinton.
As celebrations broke out across the country, a victorious Obama tweeted: “Four more years.”
“We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you,” said another tweet from Obama, the 51-year-old son of a Kenyan father and a white American mother.
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