Obama Wins Second Term
U.S. President Barack Obama won re-election to a second term Tuesday night, handily beating Republican challenger Mitt Romney in electoral and popular votes.
While votes are still being counted as of this writing, President Obama walked away with at least 303 electoral votes and a million popular votes. Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, was still counting its ballots. The president is ahead there by one point.
An analysis of voters done by MSNBC showed an electorate more divided by race. The president’s support among White voters dropped to 39-percent, which is four points lower than his result in 2008. It is also lower than the share of Whites voters won by either John Kerry or Al Gore.
President Obama also lost White women by 14 points – double than the amount he lost to John McCain in 2008. This was despite a concerted effort by the Democrat Party to win over White women.
Non-Whites overwhelmingly voted for President Obama. African-Americans voted for their fellow candidate by 93-percent, and had an above-average turnout of 13-percent. The president beat Romney by 40 points among Latinos, and Asians by 49 points.
President Obama used his victory speech to warn euphoric supporters that a lot was still left to be done, and to be wary of the struggles ahead.
“We are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation,” President Obama said. “Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.”
The president emphasized that the political arguments that come with democracy were a necessary part of the process.
“We will disagree, sometimes fiercely,” Obama said, noting that “progress will come in fits and starts” and the victory Tuesday night “won’t end all the gridlock.”
Romney gave his concession speech some time around midnight, appearing to take a reconciliatory approach after losing.
“We have given our all to this campaign,” Romney told supporters. “I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader, and so Ann and I join with you to earnestly pray for him and this great nation.”