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President Barack Obama fends off challenger Mitt Romney to win reelection

The president won the electoral college with a near sweep of battleground states, although his lead in the popular vote was much smaller

After a long and contentious election season, President Barack Obama won a second term Tuesday night, earning 303 electoral votes to Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s 206.

Many national polls leading up to Election Day predicted a tight race that would hinge largely on battleground states including Ohio, Florida, Virginia and Colorado.  The president won in almost all of these crucial swing states and eked out a smaller, 50 percent to 48 percent victory in the popular vote.

Alanna Byrne

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