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President Barack Obama the Projected Winner, Earns Second Term

(NEW YORK) -- President Obama won a second term Tuesday night as ABC News projects he will be re-elected, emerging victorious in what had been a deadlocked race into the final hours of the campaign.

Obama's lease on the White House was renewed with a crucial victory in Ohio. The president has so far collected 281 electoral votes to Mitt Romney's 203. The candidates needed 270 to win the presidency.

Celebrations erupted in Obama's hometown of Chicago, while Romney's Boston headquarters went mournfully quiet.

At 11:14 p.m. ET, @BarackObama tweeted, “This happened because of you. Thank you.”

A few minutes later: “We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you. – bo.”

And finally along with a photo of him and Michelle Obama: “Four more years.” That last tweet is now his most retweeted tweet and one of the most retweeted tweets ever. Just 40 minutes after posting it, it had 308,705 retweets.


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