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 k November 08, 2012 at 12:53 AM
It's pretty simple actually, the economy will collapse under 16 trillion dollar debt we currently have and the addional 8-10 trillion dollar debt Obama will add over the next 4 years. The Chinese are waiting in the wings to take over the country. Understand Rosetta Stone has a pretty slick program for learning Chinese you might want to get started on.
Caffeinated November 08, 2012 at 01:07 AM
You completely ignored your previous statement, and threw in some more stuff. What information do you have that indicates that the Dow Jones will be at 6000 by the end of December? What data or facts are you in possession of that points to the unemployment rate being 10% by the end of the year? Simply spouting off additional tin-foil hat delusions doesn't support your point. Give us all some background on your insight...
mike k November 08, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Look at Germany during 1921-23. That will tell you everything you need to know about what is going to happen to our economy. Via le Obama destroyer of nations.
Caffeinated November 08, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Anyone here know what he's talking about and can actually explain it? Every time I ask him a direct question, he seems to change subjects or point to something abstract and tell me that it's all I "need to know..."
george theodorakos November 08, 2012 at 04:33 AM
it was a 75% to 25% split....among mormons...by the way....unemployment among blacs is over 16% but they all fell in lock step.....my only point is.....they voted as a block regardless of issues.......
george theodorakos November 08, 2012 at 04:36 AM
as a reply to ashley......dont forget..we had a democratic president a democratic congress and a democratic senate...and what got done to solve the problems..nothing....reagan put the country back on track after only 4 years...bill clinton continued that prosperity and in fact, broaded it......obama ...was a terrible president and he had all the democrats and our institutions on his side
george theodorakos November 08, 2012 at 04:38 AM
you are right......we can only hope....that is what he said...4 years ago ....and hope doesnt get things done
george theodorakos November 08, 2012 at 04:41 AM
you need to reread your comments...who is being ridiculous......at least obama cant blame it on bush anymore (not busch).....but you have to give obama credit...they vilified romney and took the focus off the economy
RDBet November 08, 2012 at 05:48 AM
I can't figure it out either. Judging by his avatar, maybe mike is speaking in some secret dungeons and dragons code. mike k. I am not sure if you realize this, but the Prez without tight control of all branches of govt, doesn't have the power to wreck the economy on his own, unless he decides to fight an unfunded costly war or two. Though it's not entirely a free market in the US with our penchant for doling out corporate welfare and protecting monopolie, the stock market is not controlled by president. Nor are gas prices controlled by the president. It is amusing yet annoying that people that worship free markets are often clueless on how they work.
Mike K November 08, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Little mike is too distracted filing for his unemployment benefits after has layoff from the Romney and Akin campaigns to form coherent thoughts. It was the clinched in his interview for the position. Dey be luvin dem handouts now, the Romnesiacs. On a serious note, I think Romney's idea to cap deductions is interesting.. And I would even agree with extending the Bush tax cuts - if it means that the 'tax break' is treated like the deduction really is. And apply the AMT to folks like Mitt if the rules fit.
RDBet November 08, 2012 at 06:00 AM
george, I too remember the two years of democratic majority that Obama squandered. He was far from a liberal in that tenure. He was a bland centrist. The stimulus generally started during Bush's lame duck period, and was much more conservative than recommended by most economists. He caved and continued the Bush tax cuts. So yeah, I am somewhat disappointed in those first two years, because of the reality that he played them like a conservative instead of using the power that he had.
Shripathi Kamath November 08, 2012 at 08:59 AM
Number of presidential elections since 1988: Six Number of times the GOP candidate has won the popular vote: One Legitimate stat.
Watts November 08, 2012 at 09:39 AM
"Yes they did, proving my point that they've been taught the same lies you have." - Are you insane or did you accidentally post as a reply to my post? You popped in as if you and I were having some conversation. I have no idea who you are, we were in no conversation that you appear to be picking up from and, in fact, I have never before this post, ever visited any MO Patch's.
Mike S November 08, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Truth be told people are going to vote for someone they can relate to, do you think the 98% relates to someone they feel is like them or a rich white guy. The latino vote went more for Obama too, the reason because they feel that the "other" guy doesn't like them because of the perception from the party that represents them.
george theodorakos November 08, 2012 at 01:48 PM
to mike s....I agree with you.....however...if that being the case....in a rational thought world....how did any caucasians vote for obama......my point is.....people do vote along racial lines....in general...but because of the culture of this country .....caucasians, in general, are much more diverse in their thinking.....and vote for who they think is a better candidate....than along a racial line
Mike S November 08, 2012 at 01:57 PM
But you have to look not all white people voted with Romney yes, but like I said people vote with whom they relate to, but another layer is they vote with people whom they think has their back as well. Obviously there are different factors that will influence a persons vote, not everything is black and white. (No pun intended). I believe it could be that a majority of the United States either allowed the President to continue a "path of destruction" or a new "path to a more stable" America either way you look at it, because they feel he does have their self interests in mind. Obviously in the real world race is one of those factors that matter, I am sure there are people who voted strictly for Romney because he wasn't black. Does it make it right no. Do we live in a perfect world, obviously we don't
george theodorakos November 08, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I agree with you...not a perfect world...far far from it...and everyones perception of "perfect" is different....I give Obamas team credit....a great article appeared in the New Yorker...that supports your arguement...their strategic plan was.....they couldnt run on their record so they would vilify Romney to make him appear to be out of touch with real americans.....80% of their ads focused on that aspect....by the way...by design 85% were negative...and 80% of those made romney out to be a rich white guy who got to his success on the backs of others.......it is amazing to me....America is thought and perceived to be the land of opportunity...and most of us are driven to succeed....however, obamas strategists turned that to be a bad thing and a dispicable characteristic of romney...to the point he doesnt care about the common man.....history will show what a mistake was made.....
Mike S November 08, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Oh, while I don't share your political views. I think blaming the media for the perception of his being out of touch with the voters who voted Obama. Is more of a societal perception that there are some rich people don't care about people no matter how much they give to charities, you can blame that on many factors one being medial; sure, but you have upbringing, movies that villify rich people or the simple fact of environment. They see that rich people have been getting more money (proof is more millionaires now than most of history, outrageous executive pay even for failure,etc ) and the middle class and poor seem to be gettting poorer. That to me is why the youth (most of the youths voted for Obama, stictly because they don't identify with the Republican party (whom hasn't really reached out to the youth vote, I might add) didn't really relate to Romeny. You can rationalize that by the way the youth today want to be rappers or performers because they see their heros and idols making all this money and they think that is the only way to achieve their American dream. There was just the same amount of negative ads on both sides, so one side blaming the others doesn't answer the real reason one why people voted the way they voted. It surely isn't because everyone wants a handout or they are racist, or the media skewing the results. Easy to point to those as a factors, but reality of it is Obama was a very popular guy in his demographic.
mike k November 08, 2012 at 08:10 PM
stock market down another 55 points, two days into Obama's immaculation, market down nearly 400 points. Look for market to be around 6000 by the end of the year.
RDBet November 08, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Maybe he should use some of Bush Romney tactics and juice up the market bubble with more capital gains tax cuts.
Caffeinated November 08, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Germany 1921-23!
Jim November 09, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Mike K November 09, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Little mike is just mad that the stock market isn't a money machine. There is risk involved. That is why investors get a discounted tax rate (aka a deduction) in exchange for taking that risk with their money. Boo hoo. I guess the Republican campaign layoffs hit him hard. Welcome to the 47%, li'l mike.
1 Fed Up American November 09, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Those that voted for OBAMA the greater percentage of those votes are living off the Government. The results don't lie and the demographics of the voters proves it. Mexicans voted OBAMA to get full amnesty for all the Illegal alien Mexicans. 98% of BLACK voted for OBAMA but those weren't Racial driven give me a break. One thing for sure this country can only continue its downward decline this Regime will bleed this country to a third world status. If Obama, Holder, Pelosi, Reid are the best and brightest the Voters can elect that tells the story as to why we are a Welfare Country. All those that voted I hope you will all enjoy Socialism and loss of your Constitutional freedoms. As they saying goes "You Can't Fix Stupid" and over 50% of the population of this country are free loaders they are also STUPID. It's a sad day for our Veterans who lost there lives or who are permanently disabled fighting to keep the USA a land of the Free. I hope all of you OBAMA lovers will enjoy your Freedom loss, living under Socialism and either accepting being a Muslim or Death to you for being an Infidel. Me I will fight to my death to protect my Freedom along with Millions of others.
Mike K November 09, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Don't fly much, do you, freedom-loving 1FedUp, do you. Not sure how you will explain the TSA honoring all that freedom you talk so grandly about being somehow part of Obama's oppressive socialist regime. Then again, you've probably not had your 4yo daughter felt up by a TSA agent in the name of 'protecting' your freedom.
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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