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This week, Americans chose Barack Obama for a second and final four-year term as president. President Obama captured more than three hundred electoral votes, defeating former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. To win the presidency, a candidate needs at least two hundred seventy electoral votes.
 
 Early Wednesday, Mr. Obama noted deep political differences in the country. But he said Americans share certain hopes and dreams. He said they rise or fall together as one nation and one people.
 
The president won re-election with the same coalition of voters he had in two thousand eight: women, ethnic minorities and young people. Historian Allan Lichtman says Mr. Obama profited from these groups this year.
 
"Women and minorities put Barack Obama over the top, and there should be a big, huge red-letter warning sign for Republicans that they can't win just with their white Protestant base. We are increasingly becoming a non-white nation."
 
Alan Lichtman and other observers understand the changes in America’s growing population. When Ronald Reagan was elected president in nineteen eighty, whites made up eighty-five percent of the electorate.
 
This year, polling information showed that seventy-two percent of all voters were white. Thirteen percent of those voting were African-American – the same percentage as four years ago. The Hispanic vote grew from nine percent in two thousand eight to ten percent this year.
 
Asian-Americans are a fast growing population in the United States. Yet they made up just three percent of the electorate.  
 
Of those asked, ninety-three percent of African Americans reported voting for President Obama. Seventy-one percent of Hispanics said they supported him. Studies also found that over seventy percent of Asian Americans voted for Mr. Obama.
 
In addition to minorities, both women and young people were more likely to support the president than Mister Romney. Researcher Scott Rasmussen says there is an age difference in American politics. He says people over the age of forty were more likely to support Mister Romney. And, people under forty were more likely to vote for Mister Obama.
 
The president is facing a number of difficult issues as he prepares for his second term. They include the size of the federal budget deficit.  
 
Mr. Obama and Congress will have to bury political differences to solve what is being called “the fiscal cliff.” In his first official speech since being re-elected, the president said he is calling on congressional leaders for talks at the White House next week. They will discuss how to avoid the required spending cuts and tax increases that would affect all American workers on January first.
 
“What the American people are looking for is cooperation, their looking for consensus, they’re looking for common sense. Most of all they want action. I intend to deliver for them in my second term. And I expect to find willing partners in both parties. So let’s get to work.”
 
In the elections Tuesday, Republicans lost a few seats in the House of Representatives, but not enough to lose their majority. Mr. Obama’s Democratic Party still controls the Senate.
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by: Anonymous
11/13/2012 9:46 AM
Congratulation Mr (President Barak Obama, hope this election bring Changes around the world, a peaceful word with no discriminiton of ethnicities. A preasure on Pakistan to stop Eslamist Group, those who creates problem for others!

Abdul Rahim from Afghanistan


by: Thu Trang from: Viet Nam
11/13/2012 8:41 AM
Congratulation to Mr. President Barack Obama!!!!!!!!!!


by: Annisa from: Indonesia
11/12/2012 1:33 AM
Congratulation to Mr. President Barack Obama. You won for the second time. I hope you can lead your country to be better and better, to make a better world, better place and peace every where. Never give up and spirit to do you best as well as you do.


by: riflandman from: rifland
11/11/2012 6:29 PM
thank god obama is re-elected congratulations people all over the world, our planet is going to have another 4 years of peace,or maybe moderate wars and interventions. the CIA is condemned to be quiet for sometime. god bless all the planet.


by: BIJU.P.Y. from: SOUTH INDIA
11/10/2012 4:34 PM
Obama's victory has added another feather in his presidential cap. It shows that Obama has already conquered the heart of America. His hither to have acquired political experience wil push him forward in his journey to his destination. His enthusiasm for America is matchless. I think that America's future is safe in his mighty hands. I wish him all the best and I humbly wish if only I could follow him in the twitter,in which I'm going to create an account in the near future. The photograph of him hugging his wife published in many national dailys has magnetized mass minds. Thank you.


by: Oleg from: Ukraine
11/10/2012 2:35 PM
My congratulation to Americans with new (old) president. I suppose he will have continued the domestic and foreign policy convenient not only for Americans but for Europe and Russia.


by: amy from: korea
11/10/2012 12:18 PM
Oh, I was concerned about America's election.
And, finally Barack Obama re-elected on this second term.
Thank you for telling this story immediately and please make the another good news for us.
warming Amy


by: Hiroki from: Tokyo
11/10/2012 4:24 AM
I was glad to hear Mr.Obama was elected to his next four and final term.Mr. Obama I think is the most peaceable man of all presidents who assumed office.Most of Presidents who had long-term administration had a tendency to rush into intervention in foreign countries that often caused war.Compared to them Mr.Obama seems to be the last person who sticks to his own benefits,so this victory will lead to peace not only in U.S. but in the world.


by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
11/10/2012 12:10 AM
The constituents of the U.S.nations would have been changing as that of electoral voters mentioned in this article. Socially-handicaped minorities and pro-reforming young people seem have good reasons to support Obama's policies valuing social care and wealfare. Now Obama has got his second term and started his works with calling on all lawmakers for bipartizan. Then I'm sure it's their turn, minorities and young people, to make efforts to ensure skills, throw away laiziness, stand on their own foot at least economically, hopefully with the mind of even helping the white people. I sincerely hope you American people sucseed in building up a new multiethnic cooperative society.

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