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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.

Neither candidate devoted much time to campaigning in Missouri, which has leaned heavily to the right in the past several presidential cycles. Romney campaigned in Kirkwood several months ago, and he was heavily favored to take Missouri's 10 electoral votes—which he did.

The economy was a key issue for many voters in the state as well as jobs and Obama's push for universal health care. The campaign, while not close in Missouri, was seen as close by some voters nationally.

"I'm here to hopefully have a change in the country. The economy. No jobs. Tax increases on things that aren't necessary. Just the whole mood of the economy," Jack Cusamano of Town and Country said. "I just want to see a leader do what they say they're going to do and help the small people succeed."

Will Edgar, 18, was undecided until this morning when he decided jobs might tilt him toward Romney. The issue that tilted him toward Mitt Romney concerns Edgar's choice of future career: underwater welding. 

"I'm going to school to be an underwater welder and Mitt's all for starting all sorts of drilling, particularly off the East Coast," he said, adding that Obama has sought to restrict it. So, when did he decide? "When I woke up this morning."

Rick Luebcke of Chesterfield, a lifelong Republican, voted for Obama.

"While I spent my career with a major automobile company and have supported the Republican Party, I just don't think that their opinion of how the country should be run helps the people of the country in which they live," he said.

Cole West, of Arnold, told Patch he was pro-Obama because of the president's stance on health care.

"My 4-year-old has a heart condition, and Obama's plan would eliminate the pre-existing condition clause so my daughter Ava could get health insurance," West said.

Mike S November 09, 2012 at 01:27 PM
You love freedom but not democracy, while I can understand disappointment in the results to sit there and call people who think different from you stupid, makes you kind of seem bitter. A majority is a majority whether you like it or not, you have the freedom to whine but really to throw around some of the terms you use is kind of childish.
E. Witzen November 09, 2012 at 04:24 PM
The Dow is up 63% since President Obama was elected in 2003. It's gaining today. Look at the long term. We were told Bill Clinton's tax increase of 1993 would lead to the end of the world as we know it. It led to the longest domestic economic expansion, for the majority of Americans, in 30 years. We were told Bush's tax cuts would grow the economy, but they and the other GOP policies led to the worst financial collapse since 1929. If the GOP will cooperate with the President, who was reelected by a large electoral college majority and by a popular vote majority, and pass a jobs bill, coupled with a return to the Clinton-era tax rates, closing all the tax loopholes so that Mitt Romney and Donald Trump aren't paying lower tax rates than St. Louis County cops and principals and firefighters, and we trim spending we don't need, the country will be roaring back again. No deficit, as we saw under Clinton, we can pay the debt down, and we'll be on the right track.
E. Witzen November 09, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Somalia is a libertarian paradise. Go Galt!
Sensible? I think so February 02, 2013 at 07:14 PM
"By the end of the year, stock market will be in the 6000 point range " Closed above 14,000 yesterday. Of course Republicans will credit Obama with the good news. And their good fortunes. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/markets/2013/01/19/stocks-rise-sharply-obamas-first-term/1843067/
george theodorakos February 05, 2013 at 07:35 PM
just to keep it going...what is happening now....14,000 dow....but still the debt goes up...unemployment went up touching 8% again....personally...I think it is all smoke and mirrors////obama thinks he has a mandate....I just cant figure it out...no kidding...I think romeny would have been a very good president....but...he just didnt have it....not the charisma and the democrats vilified him...essentially they did to romney what the republicans did to kerry...swift boated him

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