Obama wins US election - projections

2012-11-07 06:30

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.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-07 06:32

    Best news ever!!! Now South Africa needs to smarten up and make the right vote as well... Down with the stupidity!!!

      Kash Sidoo - 2012-11-07 06:40

      Totally agree ...... Down with Stupidity ..... maybe then we'll c a future through this crap - 2012-11-07 07:18

      Romney 48546274 Votes Obama 48395349 Votes Well done Obama

      greg.quinn.353 - 2012-11-07 07:25

      Does it really matter? The Democrats and the Republicans are controlled by the same people anyway. Give people a 'choice' and they will think they're in control.

  • nghamula.mdunwazi - 2012-11-07 06:34

    Obama wins US election(that's what I'm talking about)

  • pieterduplessis - 2012-11-07 06:34

    Viva Obama! Oh if only is SA we had........

  • Schofeild - 2012-11-07 06:37


  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-11-07 06:42

    Democracy at work. No vote buying, no race issues, they just vote for the best man for the job, not according to us, but THEM. I like US politics!! - 2012-11-07 07:19

      Romney 48546274 Votes Obama 48395349 Votes

  • Luba Mayekiso - 2012-11-07 06:43

    An Obama victory will be a sad continuation of a political chapter for the US and global politics. Heaven help us all!

      whatda.fuqbro - 2012-11-07 06:56

      Well it's better for the country to make slow progress forward than to undo any progress made since Bush, moving the country backwards.

  • simbarashe.kwangwari - 2012-11-07 06:43

    Congradulations mr president your tears were not for nothing

  • tshep0 - 2012-11-07 06:45

    Give that man a Bells.......

  • samuel.mphela - 2012-11-07 06:48

    If Americanos think you da man, then you da man. :-)

  • whatda.fuqbro - 2012-11-07 06:50

    That's a relief! Looks like the yanks have indeed learned from 8 dreadful years of Bush. No need to start throwing around the military again!

      makarapakaplan - 2012-11-07 07:32

      Now they can have the same with Obama

  • rodney.louis.7 - 2012-11-07 06:53

    Great news , Sanity has prevailed !!!

  • phae.rayden - 2012-11-07 06:55

    Phew, happy the world has dodged the Mitt bullet.

  • neil.lovegrove - 2012-11-07 06:55

    The best man has won in a hard-fought battle, elected by the people, for the people. This is how things should work, not just the travesty that is SA politics

  • mandlo.shabalala - 2012-11-07 06:55

    Better the devil you know than the one you don't , viva obama lets wait and see.

  • vicki.malatse - 2012-11-07 06:56

    What a relief,Americans are wise,well done

  • Samuel - 2012-11-07 06:56

    Congrats are in order Mr Obama. May God give you Wisdom to guide US. May u please be bold enough to tell our President to retire cause he does not have any idea and those advising him how to govern, pls help us!!!!

  • - 2012-11-07 06:57

    Obama proves something our politicians never seem to fathom: You can be trusted and respected by voters even if you have nothing. Just plain honesty and an exemplary lifestyle, not Range Rovers and Rolexes.

      phumlani.loliwe - 2012-11-07 07:11

      Spot on Teddy and there's nothing that frees u up more than honesty... - 2012-11-07 07:25

      I have a dream, one day black & whites would vote on merit - not just colour. The ANC wants bring race into everything in order to stay in power, but as seen today in the US... racism will eventually lose. The ANC will fall or change for the better.

  • sminx.r.mandla - 2012-11-07 07:01

    Let's hope and pray its the direct opposite situation for South Africa come December, I'd dread that day that d*ckhead getting a second term

  • joe.ndlovu.16 - 2012-11-07 07:01


  • thulani.k.mbatha - 2012-11-07 07:02

    we proud of u

  • hamid.chibwe - 2012-11-07 07:02


  • yvette.jensen.31 - 2012-11-07 07:03

    Congratulations Mr President, well done sir and good luck for the next four years.

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-11-07 07:05

    There is no comparison between Barrack Obama and Jacob Zuma. Obama cares about matters of national interest and Zuma on matters of personal interest(nkandla,spear,zapiro,spy tapes and many more ....)

      Wayne De Beer - 2012-11-07 07:17

      i fully agree with your statement !

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-07 07:07

    Well done Mr Obama but my concern is once one stay on that position for too long tend to lose a spark or run out of ideas and my advice to you try and deliver at least 50% of what you have promised people as quick as you can. Africa is proud of you!!

  • mpho.pink1 - 2012-11-07 07:08

    Phew! Viva Obama, hope he does a better job 2nd time around.

  • thifulufhelwi.masala - 2012-11-07 07:13

    They never beleaved. See who is the last man standing. We'll done mr president. Pls bring your marines to save south africa from zumabwe.

  • mandilakhe.nompehle - 2012-11-07 07:16

    What happens in US cannot determine the future of SA....\r\n\r\nWell done Obama

      Salome Luella Potgieter - 2012-11-07 08:05

      Really? You are cleary a bit delusional in what is really happening in the world!

      mandilakhe.nompehle - 2012-11-07 09:04

      I might be... Dr Salome... But the fact is that we can't conclude the 2nd term for Zuma just because Obama is re-elected.... Next time ask before u comment....

  • joseph.mantsoe - 2012-11-07 07:21

    At least Obama can rule for second term, people believe in him but i don't support Zuma for the second term he messed up enough already n he should give other people a chance.

  • reagan.titus.5 - 2012-11-07 07:24

    Congrats Mr Obama you deserve a 2nd term!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Truth.nnete - 2012-11-07 07:24

    RSA rednecks are not even commenting,obviously they are not happy.My word to you guys is :\Live with it folks,or should I say volks,lmao.\

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-11-07 07:27

    pity because he hasn't done much in office in 4 years would be better to give Romney a chance But if the majority of citizens voted for him they deserve to have him.

  • mlungisi.a.dlamini.7 - 2012-11-07 07:33

    GOD new you before you were formed in your mom' womb and he appointed you, therefor no one can take it from you. the best they can do is to talk behind your back. I pray more wisdom for you in this coming 4 years becouse all dicision made from your desk impacts the whole world. Be blessed and may you find the face of the Lord at all times. Advisor Dlamini

  • tkmatewa - 2012-11-07 07:39

    you've done it again brother!congratulations keep the african light shining in America.

  • elvis.chauke1 - 2012-11-07 07:53

    Made me proud!

  • leon.marais.16 - 2012-11-07 08:02

    illuminati would never remove there puppet. they are just playing a game, and all the american sheeple fall for it. taxes will go up, wars will not end and everything in sa will go further backwards. SO WTF!!!!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-11-07 08:11

      Send in the expendables !

      stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-11-07 08:22

      All our local indigeni are expendable.Send them seeing that they seem love this man so much.

  • Shaun Daly - 2012-11-07 08:06

    As usual, some really informed, insightful comments....christ...

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-11-07 08:23

    Now Barack Obama is re- elected , America is going to put an effigy of him on the side of Mt Rushmore alongside all the other famous Presidents.,,,,,They must of been confident, as they are currently hauling a train load of coal up from Kentucky!

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