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US election 2012 - as it happened

Barack Obama defeats Mitt Romney in the battle for the presidency of the United States of America

  • Security at Obama's HQ is becoming more noticeable - the President will be out soon.
    11/7/2012 6:26:18 AM
  • Exactly. RT @tunkuv: Dubya won 40% of the Hispanic vote in 2004. McCain won 31% in 2008. Romney won 21% in 2012. Do the math.
  • PM David Cameron sends his congratulations to Obama:

    PM: Warm congratulations to my friend @barackobama. Look forward to continuing to work together.

    — UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) November 7, 2012

    11/7/2012 6:31:43 AM
  • Obama currently leads the popular vote by 49.5 to 49 per cent.
    11/7/2012 6:34:47 AM
  • Here comes Obama, to predictably wild cheers from his supporters in Chicago. He's joined by his wife and two daughters.
    11/7/2012 6:36:13 AM
  • Signed, sealed, delivered is on the stereo. Does this DJ do weddings?
    11/7/2012 6:36:54 AM
  • Michelle, Sasha and Malia have left the stage - Obama laps up the applause. Some might say milking it even.
    11/7/2012 6:38:33 AM
  • Obama's victory speech in Chicago...
    We are an American family and we rise and fall together.
    11/7/2012 6:40:02 AM
  • Obama's victory speech in Chicago...
    In the United States of America the best is yet to come.
    11/7/2012 6:40:41 AM
  • Obama makes joke over long queues during victory speech in Chicago...
    Whether you voted for the first time, or waited for a very long time... We need to fix that.
    11/7/2012 6:41:59 AM
  • Obama victory speech in Chicago...
    Tonight... the task of perfecting our union moves forward. It moves forward because of you.
    11/7/2012 6:42:55 AM
  • Obama victory speech in Chicago...
    To the best campaign team and volunteers in the history of politics. The best ever.
    11/7/2012 6:44:34 AM
  • Obama tells campaign team during victory speech in Chicago...
    Thank you for believing all the way. You lifted me up the whole way and I will always be grateful.
    11/7/2012 6:47:33 AM
  • Obama victory speech in Chicago...
    Democracy can be messy. We each have our own deeply held beliefs. That won't change after tonight, and it shoudn't.
    11/7/2012 6:49:36 AM
  • 11/7/2012 6:49:55 AM
  • Obama victory speech in Chicago...
    Whether I earned your vote or not, I listened to you, I learned from you, and you made me a better President.
    11/7/2012 6:52:05 AM
  • Obama victory speech in Chicago...
    Despite all our differences most of us share the same hopes for our country's future.
    11/7/2012 6:52:54 AM
  • Here's Romney's full concession speech from earlier:
    11/7/2012 7:13:49 AM
  • Here's the full Barack Obama victory speech

    11/7/2012 7:24:44 AM
  • I saw >50 speeches by GOP heavyweights this week. Rubio's was the only one that really stuck. He has something of the Obama about him
  • Just found this pic, from last night. It's casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who bet $100m on Mitt, leaving the building p.twimg.com/A7HIfiMCEAAr-5c.jpg

  • Reminds me of how I felt affter the 2005 Gold Cup.
  • Fantastic read, this “@thedailybeast: Myth, lies, & losers: Barack Obama didn't just beat Romney last night http://thebea.st/TLxDmO
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