Votes are still being tallied, but victory is a given
Democrat Barack Obama is being proclaimed the winner in the electoral race for President of the US. Votes are still being tallied as we speak, but numbers in key locations point out that he’s back in the White House for a second run.As of a couple of hours ago, Obama was the winner in key locations, with members of his campaign and voters all across the country already relishing in the hard-won victory.
The official, final results are yet to be made public, Business Week reports. Once they are, the President will also be making his speech.
“Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney, according to television network projections that show the president winning more than the 270 electoral votes needed for a second term,” the publication informs.
“Obama was projected the winner in the battleground states of Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Colorado. He also won Pennsylvania, where Romney made a last-minute bid for support to try to derail the president’s path to re-election,” adds the same media outlet.
“Votes were still being tallied in Florida and Virginia, with the races too close to call in those battlegrounds,” Business Week says.
While voting was still underway, Obama admitted that he had prepared two speeches, just in case, because, as he put it, in such situations, you really can’t afford to be taken by surprise or, for that matter, to take anything for granted.
Romney too had prepared a speech in case he won; no word yet on whether he had the other version as well.
“I want you to know that this wasn’t fate, and it wasn’t an accident. You made this happen. I will spend the rest of my presidency honoring your support,” Obama wrote in an email to his supporters after it became official that he was past the 270 electoral votes threshold.
“[This is the] clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary Americans can overcome powerful interests,” he added.
Several hours ago, two of America’s smallest towns had already announced the winner, as they do every year after they cast the votes minutes after midnight.
In one of them, Dixville Notch, the two candidates tied together, while in the other, Hart’s Location, Obama won 23 to 9.