BARACK OBAMA HAS won a second term as President of the United States, beating former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in a hotly contested election.
All major US television networks called the crucial state of Ohio for Obama just after 4am on Wednesday morning, giving the incumbent 274 electoral votes – well clear of the 270 needed to claim victory.
Speaking to Prime Time’s Richard Crowley, reporting from Washington, Washington Post columnist Colbert King says the result will be down to the wire – commenting: “We’re not going to have a landslide tonight.”
Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, said Obama’s chances had been permanently dented by his “disastrous” first debate with Romney – and that the incumbent “never recovered” from it.
So what if Romney were to win? King and Sesno are split on whether he would take a ‘centrist’ or right-wing position as president. “It may not be possible for Romney to move to middle and stay there,” King points out.
Meanwhile, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright tells Crowley she believes it’s essential to keep swing state Virginia ‘blue’ for an Obama victory.
King and Sesno say the economy is still the “main concern” for US voters – and the preliminary results of an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press backs them up, with 6 in 10 voters putting this at the top of their agenda.
Only one quarter of those surveyed think they’re better off than they were four years ago, when Obama took the reins.
Anyone will tell you that the electoral college, the system by which the US president is elected, is ridiculously complicated – and they’re completely right about that.
But it all really boils down to this: there are a total of 538 electors (or electoral college votes) and thefirst candidate to reach 270 electoral college votes wins the presidency. Boom.
Keep your eye on the swing states, which will give the best indication of which way this race is heading – namely: Colorado (9 electoral votes), Florida (29), Iowa, (6), Michigan (16) Nevada (6), New Hampshire (4), North Carolina (15), Ohio (18), Pennsylvania (20), Virginia (13), Wisconsin (10).
The Drudge Report has some interesting exit poll info – reporting that it looks like Romney will take North Carolina and Florida. Obama, meanwhile, could be set to take New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Miami and Nevada, according to the polls.
It’s apparently still a toss up in Ohio, Virginia, Colorado and Iowa.
So, NBC are reporting live from ‘Democracy Plaza’ tonight, apparently… (any guesses for where that is?)
Here we go again: West Virginia (5): Romney, North Carolina (15): too close to call, Ohio (18): too close to call.
(That means Obama 3, Romney 22, too early to call 58.)
CNN exit poll gives Ohio to Obama, 51-48.
FRUSTRATING FACT: North Carolina too close to call with a 49 per cent tie… just like Virginia.
NBC now giving South Carolina (9) to Romney.
Polls to close shortly in: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee
Linda McMahon, former COO of World Wrestling Entertainment, loses Senate bid… let’s hope that doesn’t descend into someone throwing steel chairs.
Orange County in Florida, a swingy county in a swing state: Obama 59, Romney 41.
Obama now leads by about 60,000 votes with two-thirds counted…
Some 15 per cent of voters told NBC that Obama’s response to Sandy was important in their vote and 70 per cent of those said it led them to vote Obama – while 30 per cent said it made them support Romney.
Tricia Burke walks over debris which washed up onto her property in the wake of superstorm Sandy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Brick, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
The auto bailout seems to have gone down well with voters in Michigan – does this spell good news for Obama in the all-important state of Ohio?
Obama takes New Jersey (14)
Minnesota is predicted to support Obama, having voted Democrat solidly since 2000 – with MBC, CBS, CNN, the New York Times, Real Clear Politcs and the BBC all expecting the incumbent to win in that state.
Colorado is a wild-card, having voted Republican in 2000 and 2004, but switching to Democrat last election.
Wisconsin has supported Democratic candidates in the past three presidential elections – even so, it’s predicted to be a toss-up there.
Finally, Arizona, is predicted to go with Romney.
A great stat by NBC: with almost 6.8 million votes counted and 78 per cent of the precincts reporting Romney leads by … 193 votes.
Republican candidate for Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate seat, former Gov. Tommy Thompson, left, participates in a debate against Democratic candidate U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin at Marquette University Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
In the next few minutes, polls will close in California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Washington. None of these are swing states but the 55 electoral votes of California, predicted to go to Obama, will significantly boost his electoral tally.
Obama is pitched to take Hawaii (4), Oregon (7) and Washington (12) too – while Romney is expected to take Idaho (4)and North Dakota (3).
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