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Barack Obama Re-Elected President

President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan.

NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you."

The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy.

The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges from both candidates. After a weak performance after the Republican Convention, Romney surged following Obama’s listless performance after the first presidential debate. Nevertheless, the president cemented a lead in battleground states heading into Tuesday’s election.

Barack Obama won Maryland’s 10 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney.

He captured 60 percent of the votes in Maryland.

In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race three out of five times.

Obama’s performance in Maryland wasn't necessarily surprising, considering Maryland has voted for the Democratic candidate in recent presidential elections.

1ke November 09, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Haw haw...I am slain.
BLUE A.A.RESIDENT November 09, 2012 at 01:41 AM
So I say to you Lisa - WTF I thought you were going to start using your brain when you post. Cry me a river and ride off into your life of lunacy! D.B.
BLUE A.A.RESIDENT November 09, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Rob, please don't hurt yourself by thinking. It only uses up the brain cells you require to function on a daily basis. Let those of us who are capable of thinking beyond which foot is the right foot do the hard work. Just go sit down and let us know when you are ready to put your shoes on.
Sonia Dasgupta November 09, 2012 at 03:40 AM
The comments on this story are becoming attacks on other readers, rather than adding to the context of this post. While I leave the comments closed for a couple of hours, please review Patch's Terms of Use, under Acceptable Use: http://www.patch.com/terms— "While we encourage people to be honest and post what’s on their mind, communities thrive when people care about each other, and as such, Patch expects all of its users to be respectful of others. This means that whether you are being complimentary or critical, whether you are agreeing or disagreeing with the subject of an article or another user’s comment, you should act in a civil manner and refrain from personal attacks – after all, these are your neighbors." Thanks, Sonia
Tim November 24, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Some food for thought. Seems my first choice for President was the one Obama's campaign manager feared the most, all along. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/55317160-90/americans-appeal-campaign-election.html.csp

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