President Barack Obama won a historic second term, overcoming the odds stacked against an incumbent president at the helm of a sluggish economy.
Obama, however, won handily—walking away with 51% of the vote in a sweep of all swing states except North Carolina, outpacing Romney by 124 electoral votes.
“I’ve never been more hopeful about our future. I’ve never been more hopeful for America,” Obama said in his acceptance speech. “And I ask you to sustain that hope.”
The president won by an 11-point margin with women voters, crushing his GOP opponent with 55% of the vote compared to Romney’s 44%. Obama was also boosted by all race demographics but white voters—claiming 71% of the Latino vote to Romney’s 27%—a sore spot of reality for the Romney campaign that continued to play out in the post-election aftermath.
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