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U.S. broadcast networks project that President Barack Obama has won reelection for a second four-year term, defeating Republican Party rival Mitt Romney.

With votes still being counted, Obama was thought to have scored key victories in several closely competitive “swing states” that could help tip the balance in America’s presidential election.

Citing partial official results and exit polls, U.S. broadcast networks project Obama so far winning at least 275 electoral votes -- more than the 270 vote Electoral College majority to secure the presidency.

Obama’s projected wins have come from "swing" states like Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. He also has projected wins in the West Coast states of California, Oregon, and Washington, as well as his boyhood home state of Hawaii.

The projections so far show Romney winning 203 electoral votes, including the swing state of North Carolina, as well as from Texas, Arizona, Louisiana, and Georgia.


LIVE ELECTION MAP: Projected Election Results
 
The Electoral College, not the nationwide popular vote, decides the presidency. Each state has a share of electoral votes, based on its population.
 
The vote count so far is extremely close in the key battleground state of Florida, with Obama holding a slight lead.
 
Swing states are those that are considered key to tipping the balance in favor of one candidate or the other in the Electoral College.

Long Lines

In other developments, complaints about voting procedures have surfaced in states including Pennsylvania and Florida. Reports said voters were forced to wait in long lines to cast their ballots in some states.
 
Nationwide polls just ahead of Election Day showed Obama and Romney virtually tied. 
 
Romney spoke to reporters on November 6 aboard his campaign plane and said he is confident of victory.

"We fought to the very end and I think that's why we'll be successful. I just finished writing a victory speech. It's about 1,118 words," Romney said. "And I'm sure it'll change before I'm finished because I haven't passed it around to my family, and friends, and advisers to get their reaction. But I've only written one speech at this point."
  • A boy runs to tell voters where to enter the Town Hall of Canterbury, New Hampshire.
  • A voter walks past a New York police officer inside a tent at a polling site built to service residents of the Queens borough neighborhoods of Breezy Point and the Rockaways, whose original site was devastated by superstorm Sandy.
  • Tom Hoisington (right) raises his right hand after being registered to vote at the Bishop Leo O'Neil Youth Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. Hoisington's grandson, Tonykus Hebert, mimics his grandfather.
  • A girl watches as her grandmother votes at the old Town Hall in Bristol, New Hampshire.
  • People wait in line to vote at Caroline High School in Milford, Virginia.
  • Voters at the polls in a car dealership in Columbus, Ohio.
  • An election worker hangs signs at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C.
  • Volunteer peeks outside the Pinellas County Democratic Party headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • A pregnant woman shows off the voting sticker on her belly outside the old Town Hall in Bristol, New Hampshire.
  • U.S. citizens vote in the presidential election at Carleton Middle School in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
  • A voter wears an "I Voted" sticker on his forehead after casting his ballot at a polling station in Chicago, Illinois.
  • A voter casts her ballot with her two children at a polling place in a U.S. cellular store in Chicago.
  • People wait in line to vote in Coral Gables, Florida.
  • People line up to vote in Crawfordville, Florida.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama makes a phone call to a campaign volunteer during a visit to a field office in Chicago on Election Day.
  • Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, finish filling out their ballots while voting in Belmont, Massachusetts.
Obama and Romney have set out different approaches for reviving the U.S. economy, which most voters have said it the most important issue facing the country.
 
The candidates have also presented different views on U.S. social issues, and the appropriate way for America to conduct its foreign policy.
 
Romney voted on election day in the state of Massachusetts, where he once served as governor.
 
President Obama cast an early ballot last week in his hometown of Chicago.
 
Obama and Romney are estimated to have raised a combined than $2.5 billion to fund their campaigns.

With additional reporting by Reuters and AP
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by: Bill Webb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
November 06, 2012 14:59
With the presidential candidates having billion dollar campaign warchests, I guess they've gotten influence peddling down to a science in our oligarchy.
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by: William from: Aragon
November 06, 2012 22:44
Bill, currently the US has the best democracy that money can buy. I hope that one day it will get a national electoral commission that is transparent and has legal teeth.

by: Jack from: US
November 06, 2012 15:20
I know who won the "elections": the same ruling mafia
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
November 06, 2012 18:18
`The same ruling mafia`-Do you mean Putin-Medvedyev,dear old jock of a jacko??? Eugenio,its high time you sober up and write something really meaningful,we all miss you so much!!!
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by: Jack from: US
November 06, 2012 22:17
one has to commend Camel for trying so desperately to defend US government against all the enemies of democracy. Camel has a good reason to love US government: he is on foodstamps which he, as x-Soviet refugee, receives from the government
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
November 07, 2012 11:39
Dorogoi Jack-of all trades me and me camel mates are very well off the grass in the lubyanka backyard the FSB has granted us.We would like to come all to you in the bad old US of A to graze some american grass or anything they give us with or without food stamps.I wonder if you can help us get some visas,and if the american gov`t is as bloody undemockratic as you say we`ll help you overthrow it.I`ve been calling for a revalution for a long long time now but everybody turns a deaf ear to my pleas-so please dont dissapoint me like Eugenio,Vahtang,Konstantin-Rin tin tin and many others did.It is high time we establish a Soviet Union USA and its now or never-tomorrow will be too late!!!

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
November 06, 2012 17:14
Who will win this contest: Mitt W. Obama or Barack W. Romney? Stricktly speaking: who cares? Whichever of the two clowns wins, there is nothing any of them can do in order to prevent the US from (a) continuing to lose the war in Afghanistan, (b) continuing to go bankrupt, (c) continuing losing influence all over the world (I am not even listing specific cases here: those who visit the forum regularly are well familiar with the long list :-))))
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
November 06, 2012 22:20
Eugenio,I told you to sober up first and then write something meaningful,I know the barrel of schnappes you drank with jack was yummy,but thats not an excuse for writing BW BS on the website of your arse,pardon arch enemies!!! I suggest you go to the USA and run on a ticket with Jackass Jack.The americans have a donkey and an elephant,so why not introduce some russian Shariks as well.Sharik is common russian name for a dog>See also Bulgakov`s `A dog`s heart`!!!
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by: William from: Aragon
November 06, 2012 22:49
Surely you are not insinuating that the Republocrat duopoly is just two sides of the same coin? That no matter who wins, it will be "steady as she goes"? Then there needs to be change, but that is most unlikely to be initiated by a nation that will not scrap its valueless one cent coin because it bears the image of President Lincoln on it.
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by: William from: Aragon
November 07, 2012 22:11
Regarding Jorjo's and your comment below, at least Donald had his Uncle Scrooge to advise him on financial matters! :-)

by: Jorjo from: Florida
November 06, 2012 18:16
The usual circus and usual suspects. Since Donald Trump is not on the ballot, I'll vote for Donald Duck.
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by: William from: Aragon
November 06, 2012 22:51
The Walt Disney Company has a proven track record of transforming the vision into reality - I'd vote for Donald as well!
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
November 07, 2012 09:26
To William and Jorjo: I see, you, guys, have made the right choice :-). And I reckon that in his second term George W. Obama will not introduce any policies that could be more efficient than those that Donald Duck could have introduced had he been elected :-)).
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by: Anonymous
November 06, 2012 23:25
"The usual circus and usual suspects." You mean the usual crew of cranks sharing their wisdom with us, no?

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