Obama wins US election - projections

2012-11-07 06:30
Barack Obama (Jewel Samad, AFP)

Barack Obama (Jewel Samad, AFP)

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Washington - President Barack Obama won re-election to a second term in the White House on Tuesday, television networks projected, beating Republican challenger Mitt Romney after a long and bitter campaign.

Obama defeated Romney in a series of key swing states, despite a weak economic recovery and persistent high unemployment, as US voters decided between two starkly different visions for the country.

Obama's narrow wins in Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire - all states that Romney had contested - effectively ended Romney's hopes of capturing the 270 electoral votes needed to clinch the White House.

At least 120 million American voters were expected to have cast votes in the race between the Democratic incumbent and Romney after a campaign focused on how to repair the ailing US economy.

Obama enters his second four-year term faced with a difficult task of tackling $1 trillion annual deficits, reducing a $16 trillion national debt, overhauling expensive social programmes and dealing with a gridlocked US Congress that looked likely to maintain the same partisan makeup.


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