Barrack Obama becomes the fourth consecutive president to win a second term in office beating his opponent Republican candidate Mitt Romney. The statistics have it that Obama secured 303 votes against Romney who won 206 votes. With just 270 votes required to rule the White House for the second term, Obama pulled it through comfortably.
The popular vote count was put at 50.3% for Obama and 48.1% for Romney. Obama won Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Virginia and New Hampshire narrowly to return to the oval office. The results for Florida is yet to be announced but still it does not stop Obama from taking claim of the White House for the next 4 years.
In his victory speech that lasted for 25 minutes Obama thanked his supporters and made it clear that “the best is yet to come but we have more work to do.” The president also promised to reduce deficit and reform taxation and plug immigration problems.
Mitt Romney called Obama to wish on his victory and in a media gathering he said, “I pray that the President will be successful in guiding our nation.”
Despite the prevailing doubts over Ohio results experts were confident of Obama capturing the office with Colorado and Virginia added to Obama’s tally. This gave the confidence to declare Obama for president without having to worry about Ohio result reversal. Romney was left behind in the race as the majority of American states decided in favor of Obama.
Obama drew support from blacks, Latinos and most popularly women who were responsible for giving him a second term. A tough competition when compared to the first term Obama stepped into the White House comfortably as Romney had only North Carolina to his credit.
Despite high rate of unemployment put above 7.9% Obama goes on to win becoming the second in the history after Franklin D Roosevelt who won a second term with unemployment rates above 7.4%.
Bill Gatson, former domestic policy adviser to ex-president Bill Clinton said that the victory is because of the improvement in the economic scenario in the past 6 months. He furthered that the unemployment rates are also moving downward and the housing market also has stabilized raising consumer confidence.
Romney was able to win North Carolina and Indiana two states that were under Obama during the 2008 election and he also managed to win strongholds of Republican states. But where it mattered most the Republican candidate was unable to secure and that was in Ohio and other states that worked in favor of Obama.
The results has it that the two parties hold 55-45 majority in the Senate, meaning the Republicans will rule the House of Representatives and are expected to finish with 242 seats.
It has been calculated that Obama and Romney along with their allies have spent around $2 billion on the presidential election especially on advertisements in swings states.
Can Obama’s victory be called a gift for his effort in bringing the end of Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attack?
Delighted supporters cheered and danced at the president’s victory bash in Chicago, and Obama thanked them for being sure the nation continues to go forward while forewarning the challenge for change they look for will still be difficult.