Election Coverage 2012
'The Divine Secret' of life finally unveiled

Obama gets second term

Obama_smoking_jointEven with voting results from two vital "swing states" still outstanding, Barack Obama has been declared the winner in his long political battle with GOP challenger Mitt Romney.

Needing 270 electoral votes to make it official, the president was declared the winner of Ohio's 18 votes shortly after 11:00 p.m. (Eastern) on Tuesday night -- running his total to 275. Within minutes of that announcement, the Romney campaign challenged the Ohio call because of that state's very close popular vote.

Florida (29 electoral votes) and Virginia (13) -- both critical swing states where the final tally in the popular vote was extremely close -- had not yet been called at that time.

Romney had a very slight lead in the popular vote at press time.

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