Election Results 2012: President Obama Defeats Mitt Romney, Wins Four More Years

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It all came down to this.

Could Democratic President Barack Obama pull it out and earn another four years in the White House? Or would Republican Mitt Romney be the next Commander-in-Chief?

The 2012 presidential election results took awhile to come into focus, but shortly after 11:00 p.m., the President surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

President Obama Picture
Romney Photo

Surprised? Outraged? Disgusted? Overjoyed? Relieved?

We'll be updating this post with the full numbers as they come in. For now, and throughout the night, sound off on how you feel about this historic night ...

UPDATE, 8:14 p.m. EST: President Obama currently has 64 electoral votes to Romney's 56, according to CNN projections. Romney leads in the popular vote, 51-48%.

Battleground states Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and New Hampshire have not been called. Polls in the western half of the U.S. are largely still open.

UPDATE, 8:43 p.m. EST: Romney 82 EV, Obama 64 after TN, AL and OK wins. Romney leads popular vote 52-47% with around 5 percent of the vote counted.

UPDATE, 9:10 p.m. EST: Romney 152 EV, Obama 123.

States won: Romney WV, SC, KY, TN, GA, AL, MS, LA, AR, OK, TX, KS, NE, SD, ND, WY; Obama IL, MI, NY, ME, MA, CT, RI, VT, NH, NJ, DE, DC.

Popular vote: Romney 13,846,143 (51%), Obama 13,032,317 (48%).

UPDATE, 9:35 p.m. EST: Romney 18,566,134-17,880,270 (50-48%).

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m. EST: Obama wins Pennsylvania, despite a late push by his Republican challenger in the Keystone State. Romney 152 EV, Obama 143.

UPDATE, 10:02 p.m. EST: Romney wins Utah, leads in EV 158-143.

UPDATE, 10:04 p.m. EST: Obama wins N.H., trails 158-147.

UPDATE, 10:41 p.m. EST: Slightly different electoral vote counts at CBS (184-162) and NBC (174-172), but still no calls in Florida, Ohio, Virginia or North Carolina.

Romney retains a sizable popular vote lead, with 33,128,038 votes (51%) to Obama's 31,535,842 (48%) despite the President running strong in battleground states.

UPDATE: 10:52 p.m. EST: Arizona's 11 electoral votes fall for Romney, while Minnesota's 10 fall into Obama's column, bringing the EV tally to 169-157 Mitt.

UPDATE: 11:03 p.m. EST: Obama wins California (55), Hawaii (4) and Washington State (12), while Romney adds Montana (3) and Idaho (4) to his column.

UPDATE: 11:04 p.m. EST: In a pair of breaking swing state projections, Wisconsin (10) has now been called for Obama and North Carolina (15) for Romney.

Current CNN electoral vote count: Obama 238, Romney 191. RealClearPolitics count: Obama 244-204. Virginia, Ohio and Florida are still too close to call.

Any of the above would go a long way toward reelecting Obama, and it appears likely he will win at least one of the three, if not two or even all three.

UPDATE: 11:11 p.m. EST: Iowa goes for Obama, growing his lead to 244-191 in the Electoral College. He still trails in the popular vote for 1-2 percent.

UPDATE: 11:12 p.m. EST: New Mexico added to Obama's column. 249-191.

UPDATE: 11:15 p.m. EST: Obama wins Oregon. His EV lead: 256-191.

UPDATE: 11:16 p.m. EST: Romney wins Missouri, bringing him to 201.

UPDATE: 11:19 p.m. EST: CNN calls a narrow victory in Ohio for Obama, giving him 274 electoral votes and another four years in the White House.

UPDATE: 11:30 p.m. EST: Romney still leads in the popular vote, 42,126,133-41,334,227 (50-49%). Alaska, Nevada, Colorado, Virginia and Florida have yet to be called.

UPDATE: 5:30 a.m. EST, 11/7: Obama won Colorado, Nevada and Virginia, with Alaska going for Romney and Florida still not called by the New York Times.

Seems to happen there a lot like this, but it's a moot point, with Obama winning the electoral college 303-206, no matter what happens in the Sunshine State.

Despite trailing early, Obama also scored a small but undisputed popular vote victory, winning 50% of the vote (59,558,059) to Romney's 48% (56,936,172).

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U.S. presidential election 2012: Who'd you vote for?

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Time to go home load magazine. The free loaders now out number the people who pay taxes.
Enjoy your Obama phone it's braking me.
Forget the Americans serving abroad feed them to our enemy's !
As the Supreme Court said elections have consequences!

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Well as for the minority (white americans who built this country) we are in for another four years of HELL!

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@ donna risher

I can't believe there's still so much racial hate out there, I think that's Americas greatest problem. And as an outstanding person who lives in Austria I'm shocked about your comment - how dare you say white people built your country. this just shows how ignorant you are. the Native Americans were the first to build this country, then Columbus, an Italian, "discovered" America and then the Spanish came and what about that awful time of slavery.. do I really have to give you a lesson on the history of your own country and on who really built it?

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@ marie

Not to mention the chinese that built the railroad, etc. I swear to god people do not know the history of their own country, as well how the freaking government actually works. Go back to high school and actually pay attention to what happened in our countries past, and why the government is built the way it is. I've seen so many comments about how Obama is a commie, and will lead this country to Communism. Let's just say that was his agenda (which very obviously its not), he could not do it. Hello people Checks and Balances. This government system was put into place with 3 branches of government (which most people in this country can't even name what the 3 are), with checks and balances between the 3 on EVERYTHING! Meaning that no one person or group of persons has absolute power. I wish people would just pay attention....

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Any Questions now the people has spoken now stop the ignorance and ride with the winners OBAMACARE

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sorry romney fans ... FL and OH are looking like a done deal. better luck in 2016

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FUCK Romney !!!!

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@ Team Obama

Fuck you and your dumbass expectations that obama will get us out of the mess we are in.....................he is not capable of running a fast food resturant much less a country.

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I can't believe it's even close. Who the fu*k would vote for a Muslim brotherhood loving, marxist loving, American hating man who gives your money to people who have openly stated they want to destroy your country?

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@ nicky

No kidding... But, these bums love "share the wealth"

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@ nicky

You got that right.

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Obama will destroy this country if he gets 4 more years. He is nothing but a smooth talking actor who has fooled a ton of people. I hope before everyone votes they check the facts. We are all in trouble if he wins. WhAt has he done to benefit our country? NOT A THING!!!unemployment is up. Welfare is up. We need a leader and not an actor to get the job done .

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@ Mac

Agree totally. He is a great actor. we are in serious trouble as far as jobs in America and he does not have respect for our country because he is of another race. If no one in the cabinet gives him information and solutions, as they see it, Obama has no clue how to run this counry. HOW CAN YOU PEOPLE NOT SEE THIS?

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@ Mac

the reason unemployment is up has very little to do with obama. i bet you are not an economist or do not have any knowledge of how the economy works hence the crap u are saying. it takes time for the economy to adjust years really it does not just happen like *snap*. get your facts right.

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@ ibirah

And I'm sure you don't think 16 trillion in debt is helping us, or do you?

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@ Mac

I can't believe it's even close. Who the fu*k would vote for a Muslim brotherhood loving, marxist loving, American hating man who gives your money to people who have openly stated they want to destroy your country?

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@ Nicky

blacks, mexicans and other dumbasses who don't have a clue as to where our country is at and where we are going. All they are concerned about is getting all they can for free as usual. This really pisses me off.

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So, Still, the 2 headed dog wins.
That's a shame.
Still you are blind to the way of current Governmental procedure. Regardless of whether Romney or Obama wins, you still lose.
And the Empire falls anyway

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@ whitebear

I honestly agree with you.... Neither were "good" choices, but, Romney would have been the lesser of two evils... If you want my opinion I would have voted for anyone who would overturn the Patriot Act because that was the greatest injustice ever done to the American people. And that was Bushes doing.

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That motherfucker Romney is a fucking lieing ass bitch that bitch ass white trash is probably gonna take us to war with Russia and what happens next US gets there ass whooped with a lot of soldiers dead and no money

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@ Fuck Romney

With retards like this in your country all I can say is you all deserve another term of Obama for keeping idiots like this nourished

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Obama is toast. Look at the popular vote.