San Antonio.- In what many believed would be a repeat of the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, President Barack Obama stunned political observers when in the last minutes of Election Night 2012 he was declared the winner by news organizations.
“This happened because of you. Thank you,” Obama tweeted moments after news outlets declared him the winner. “We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you.”
It was the state of Ohio and its 18 electoral votes pushed President Obama over the top. Throughout the night Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and President Obama exchanged leads back and forth. At 10:30 p.m. last night Obama (unofficially) had 274 electoral votes to Romney’s 201.
Obama, however, was nearly 200,000 votes behind popular vote and it might be only the fourth time the winner of electoral votes hasn’t won the popular vote. The last was in 2000.
Obama pulled out his narrow victory with a string of close victories in the nation’s battleground states. Democrats also held onto their majority in the Senate, picking up two seats in early returns with the possibility of a third.
By 11 p.m., Obama had already won the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Iowa and Wisconsin, the home of Romney’s running mate Rep. Paul Ryan.
Other states— Florida, Ohio and Virginia—were still too close to call, but Obama appeared headed to victory because of still-to-be counted votes in Democratic strongholds there.
Senator Leticia Van de Putte added, “I am ecstatic about the reelection of President Barack Obama. Now our nation can continue marching forward, buoyed by the hope that expanded medical coverage brings to even more Americans. I fervently hope that Republicans in Congress will take his reelection as a message from the American people to stop being the party of ‘no,’ and to engage in positive change for our country rather than simple obstructionism.”
After more than $2 billion in campaign spending, unprecedented hours of television ads and a record number of voters who cast their ballots before Tuesday, Election Day 2012 is one to remember.