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President Barack Obama wins reelection

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President Barack Obama has won reelection, Fox News projects.

The incumbent president appeared to secure the crucial swing state of Ohio late Tuesday night, putting him over the required 270 Electoral College votes to secure a second term.

"We're all in this together. That's how we campaigned, and that's who we are. Thank you," the president tweeted at 11:15 p.m. EST.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden defeated Republican Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the vice presidential nominee.

Obama and Romney had been running neck and neck in national polls in recent weeks, but the president held small leads in polling in the so-called swing states.

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The models showed Obama making it over the required 270 electoral votes with wins in the crucial battleground of Ohio, as well as Iowa and Oregon. The race in Ohio, though, remained airtight as votes were still being counted, raising questions about the final tally -- with just over three-quarters of returns in, the candidates remained virtually tied with Obama leading by a few thousand votes. 

Obama broke out early in the night, winning a string of key battlegrounds even as Romney built his electoral-vote count with wins in reliably conservative states. Obama scored a big win in Pennsylvania, a vital battleground where Romney made a late play for support. Obama also walked away with a win in the swing states of Nevada, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Michigan. 

Minutes before Obama was projected the winner, Romney claimed his first battleground prize of the night with a projected victory in North Carolina, where the Democrats held their 2012 convention. 

Elsewhere, Obama and Romney each racked up expected victories Tuesday night in relatively safe territory.
Romney was the projected winner in Utah, Montana, Arizona, Missouri, Idaho, Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas, West Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Indiana and Kentucky. 

Fox News projects Obama was the winner in his home state of Illinois, California, Hawaii, Washington, Minnesota, New Mexico, Maine, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and the District of Columbia. 

The vote Tuesday marked the end of a grueling race. For Obama, the election is the last time his name will appear on a ballot, or so he claims. For Romney, the election closed out a nearly six-year run for the presidency. The Republican nominee ran unsuccessfully in 2008. 

The 2012 campaign was decidedly different from 2008, when Obama ran on a lofty message of change and leveraged voter dissatisfaction with the George W. Bush administration -- and particularly the war in Iraq -- to defeat Republican nominee John McCain. 

This time around, each candidate's campaign message was bound to the state of the economy, having suffered a recession shortly before Obama took office. Romney argued forcefully that Obama failed to deliver the kind of economic rebound that typically follows a downturn. The Republican nominee accused the president of throwing money at the problem with a poorly designed stimulus, and then abandoning the issue altogether to focus on passing ObamaCare. Romney argued that the health care law, along with countless regulations and an allegedly anti-business attitude, all combined to stand in the way of a full-throated recovery. 

Issues like the Libya terror attack and the threat from Iran's nuclear program brought foreign policy into the mix, but the economy remained central. 

But Obama argued all along that, despite the slack in the system, the country was moving in the right direction. He pointed to recent economic reports, including Labor Department data showing the jobless rate falling below 8 percent for the first time since he took office, as signs that the economy was improving and would get better over time. 

He warned that Romney's agenda -- which he described as tax breaks for the rich and giveaways to corporations -- would only reprise the "failed" economic policies of the prior administration which he claimed led to the recession. 

Election Day was unexpectedly busy for the campaigns. While Obama himself kept a low profile in Chicago, the campaign dispatched Vice President Biden to Ohio where he visited a Cleveland restaurant and later posed for pictures with volunteers before joining up with the president. 

Romney, meanwhile, made stops in Ohio and Pennsylvania before heading back to campaign headquarters in Boston. 

As races continued to be called well into the morning, it appeared that the balance of power in Washington could remain the same. Republican kept their majority in the House, while Democrats were fending off a series of challenges to their majority in the Senate.

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