Romney concedes to Obama

2012-11-07 08:10

Boston - Republican Mitt Romney conceded the US presidential election to President Barack Obama early on Wednesday morning after a bitterly fought battle.

"This is a time of great challenges for America and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation," Romney told supporters after calling Obama to congratulate him.

"His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations," he said.

"I wish all of them well but particularly the president, the first lady and their daughters."

Obama defeated Romney in a series of key swing states, despite the weak economic recovery and stubbornly high unemployment that dogged his campaign.

Television networks called the election late on Tuesday, but the Romney campaign waited more than an hour to agree on the results in Ohio.

  • dimitri.tsafendas - 2012-11-07 08:18

    Shapa Obama Shapa!

      michael.bushes.9 - 2012-11-07 08:51

      The clown got relected just like the former clowns George W Bush and Bill Clinton. Expect more wars, and more American tax payers money going towards illegal wars against distant foreign land and people. The US citizen had a choice, as always, to vote for third party candidates, but instead, they voted republican and democrat yet again, with the same hostile foreign policies, with the same economic policies of sending jobs to china and india. Trying to make a decision between the Dems and Reps is like looking at a turd from different angles, trying to convince yourself that its possible to pick one up and the clean end.

      willie.vanschoor - 2012-11-07 09:21

      Who gives a damn..............GO BOKKE!!!!!!!

  • tuco.angeleyes - 2012-11-07 08:21

    this was a no brainer. Obama had no competition from the start. There was a lot of hype about neck n neck but it was all a farcade.

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-07 08:28

      Are you sure? The stats are 52 million to Obama and 51 miilion votes to Romney. This election was VERY close!! Florida was won by 40 thousands votes. Ohio by 25 thousand… and Virginia also very close Sadly America is divided - which is bad news for the economy cause the House of reprehensive is still Republican while the White house is democratic – so do not expect any changes in the next 4 years, like the last 4 years…

      mzakes.matabata - 2012-11-07 08:36

      In terms of national vote it was close, but as we all know it's electoral votes that wins the white house not how the amount of people voting for you.

      tuco.angeleyes - 2012-11-07 14:06

      1 vote, 2 votes, 2 million votes.. its all the same to me. there was a winner and a loser

  • marni.van.emmenis - 2012-11-07 08:22

    Sanity prevails! Well done.

      ianon.ym - 2012-11-07 08:28

      Second that.

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-11-07 08:25

    Well Done Obama.Poor Mitt Romney.Defeat seems to haunt this guy.It also seems to run in the Romney genes,losing that is.His father George as Governor of Michigan in 1968 tried and got the Republican nomination and then lost in the primaries.His mother Lenore ran for a Senate seat in 1970 and then also lost by a two-to one margin.Matt first loss came in 1994 against Ted Kennedy for his Massachusetts Senate seat and in 2008 he lost the Republican Presidential nod to John McCain.Now the big one to he loses again this time to Obama.

      dimitri.tsafendas - 2012-11-07 08:30

      Romney is a parennial loser and that is what he was going to turn America into!

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-07 08:42

      Romney is NO loser - 51 million American voted for him (over 49% of the vote.) He is a successful businessman and he conceded to Obama in an marvellous way. I wish we hade politicians like Obama & Romney in SA, I wish we had debate, I wish we too voted on merit rather then skin colour - remember over 70% of those that voted for Obama are whites - how I wish we in SA could also see above colour one day.

      talana.malherbe - 2012-11-07 08:48

      @moses, Agree 100%. I voted for Obama on the SA online survey. I second your wish to have such politicians in our beautiful country. People voted for the President based on his integrity, honesty and leadership. The day we can do this in SA, we will be a true democracy.

      helio.paulo.7 - 2012-11-07 09:03

      @moses.....absolutely agree with you, wish we can get to the same level very soon, the sonner we become colour blind the better.

  • hasani.malungana - 2012-11-07 08:30

    GOD bless Obama and Americans, congrulations

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-11-07 08:30

    Proving once more that Americans vote by what Oprah Winfrey thinks and not on merit of the candidate. This Mitt Romney has far better economic and health policies than Obama, further more he has achieved that in his own state. Even his republican party former President Bush has made more trips than Obama to Africa, and even contributed more in terms of funding. Obama has only visited us once in Ghana and Egypt in 2009, he even cut the funding aid on malaria and aids, so I do not know why Africa should care or celebrate his victory? I would have preferred Romney, but the problem is, he is not black enough!

      Don.Tandy - 2012-11-07 08:43

      In the bigger scheme of things, trips to Africa have very little or no significance, and why should anyone provide aid to anybody in Africa when most african countries are basket cases, run by morons like showerhead and mad bob who are more concerned with self enrichment that with anything else. Romney not black enough for you - what an outright ignorant racist statement.

      Sheilan.Clarke - 2012-11-07 08:56

      Looking for handouts, phumi.ntlabati?

      helio.paulo.7 - 2012-11-07 09:05

      Your last sentence says it all, and until you can forget that, SA will never come close to the prosperity of countries like the USA.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-11-07 09:28

      What has Africa done for Obama?

      boipelo.mmekwa - 2012-11-07 10:26

      sorry to bust ur bubble but colour has nothing to do with public confidence in America(something will never see in SA sadly),cause there are more whites than blacks there,if that had anything to do with it than Obama wouldn't have had his 1st term.On the economic prospects of things don't forget that Obama took office in the middle of a recession and Romney wanted to implement the same policies that lead them there.I wouldn't say much about his integrity or honesty so to speak,cause he said 1 thing as governor and now he believed in another during his campaign

      aarchaic - 2012-11-07 10:27

      Although Obama has not been in SA personaly he was represented by his wife, Michelle Obama she visited different places in SA including Soweto, Robben Island and other places.

  • michael.jackwood - 2012-11-07 08:32

    Romney defeat is good news for me, this guy was going to attack Iran in favour of israel. Just like Goerge W Bush, we need political engagement to defuse tensions, not war.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-07 08:43

      Netayahoo is in for a rude awakening after embarrassing Obama countless times, first in the AIPAC conference, the UN general assembly and on many other platforms in the US, even going as far as endorsing Romney. Obama is no longer looking for re-election and couldn't give a damn about alienating possible Jewish donors.

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-07 08:47

      Don’t fool yourself. Obama will also attack Iran if they continue to threaten the State of Israel and build their bomb... did you not listen to the debates about foreign policy??? Obama supports Israel, and most American Jews believe Obama supports Israel more then Romney, although evangelical Christians (33% of the USA) believe that Romney supports Israel more. (BTW, I too support Israel from Islamic fundamentalism)

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-07 09:07

      Obama is a politician that was looking for re-election, and he will now do anything to protect his legacy, one being not the president that started (another)war with Iran. How will the US pay for this war, they will have to ask China first if she is willing to advance the US more credit!

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-07 08:33

    Casters Balle, you boys took one hell of a hiding! Where art thou?

      helio.paulo.7 - 2012-11-07 09:07

      Absolutely....where is that WANNABE now!!!!!!

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-07 08:33

    A true President in the mould of President Jack Ryan.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-11-07 08:36

    Looks like the 3rd world war is delayed at least for the next 4 years. In a meanwhile lets hope that someone far better than Romney or Obummer is going to step up to the game of big politics.

  • lesvokli.pitsiladi - 2012-11-07 08:38

    Well done Obama!!!!!

  • mashudu.ndou.3 - 2012-11-07 08:41

    Congrats Obama!

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-11-07 08:42

    News 24 is really going overboard with the news of the US election. 7 articles devoted to the US, that's a joke! Surely there are more important items happening in SA to report on!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-11-07 08:45

      Take the mouse cursor and move over it over the news tab and then click on South Africa.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-07 08:47

      Like cANCer stealing our money, Rape and murder, Rhino poaching? A change is as good as a holiday and it IS important news for world stability.

      PumaFred - 2012-11-07 08:51

      Clearly Peter lives in a cave and does not appreciate the implications of the outcome of the US election.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-07 09:03

      South African news are depressing, not to mention the comments and the level of debate. The sheer tonnage of dross that is dished out on those threads could stun a team of oxen in its tracks!

      helio.paulo.7 - 2012-11-07 09:08

      Sorry Peter....all we have to report on in SA is misery, corruption and crime.....good to have a bit of a break!

      blip.noodlum - 2012-11-07 09:29

      Like what?

  • tshep0 - 2012-11-07 08:44

    Obama's speech never gets boring and yes he never reads from his notepad, something \Zoo-ma\ should learn from...

  • freddied - 2012-11-07 08:48

    obama !!! “is much more white than black.”

      Anthony C. Onwudiegwu - 2012-11-07 09:13

      Obama and Zuma can not be placed on the same scale board they lead countries and people of different culture interest, lifestyle and living standard. They operate with and against different interest, speak to people with different understanding.\r\nSo when you reason and make comparisons, use your head and put aside exemption otherwise you abuse your right to freedom of expression the people enjoy today.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-07 08:53

    Lol you thing Obama makes those decisions don't make me laugh plz

      michael.bushes.9 - 2012-11-07 08:58

      Exactly, His just a puppet, the face of extreme corruption.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-07 08:56

    Iran is not building nucleat bomb but nuclear power station and btw its not the president who desides on anything his a puppet a face and voice to the nation.

      ryan.holland.395454 - 2012-11-07 09:19

      Iran is on of the most seismically unstable countries in the world. Most of their major urban centers are crumbling to the ground because of earthquakes and poor urban planning. Need I say more.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-11-07 09:06

    it never ceases to amaze me the most powerful country in the world only ever has 2 people to choose its next president from. the fact that the candidates are politicians and not leaders makes me sad. I do however respect the fact that the process (at least as far as I can see) is totally transparent and honest. unlike here in the dark ages where there is so much blatant dishonesty when it comes to the idiot in charge clinging to power through any and all means necessary. I hope that in my lifetime we'll have a similar election process where we get the cream of the crop and not the bottom of the toilet bowl as our leader. God knows we need a leader who has a soul/spine/honor. The best the ANC has to offer is a far cry from what we really need. Well done BO - hopefully your second term won't be as lame as your first.

      mzakes.matabata - 2012-11-07 09:29

      That is actually incorrect, In this Election there was a total of 6 candidates that took part in the election, but the numbers they turn out are extremely small so they would never have a chance of getting majority electoral votes. That is why it seems that there is only two party's taking part as they are the only one that would get 270 or more electoral votes.

  • owen.mayuni - 2012-11-07 09:12

    Come 2014 we will dance for Jacob ZUMA victory.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-11-07 09:30


  • issa.kabudula - 2012-11-07 09:30

    That is America - 2 men competing and if one loses the other accepts defeat. In Africa if one party wins 101 other parties starting toyi-toying, and some rushing to courts and some beating wining supporters, its hell and lack of information on development.

  • themba.dlamini.566 - 2012-11-07 09:38

    Zuma is next on second term

  • sabelo.zulu.167 - 2012-11-07 09:55

    Congradulations Obama for the Second Tearm. I Hope SA will do the same Cde J G Zuma for Sec tearm

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