It will be four more years for President Obama. After the most expensive presidential campaign in history, Obama secured a second term shortly after 11:15 p.m. ET, celebrating his hard-fought victory with an appropriately modern-age touch: a tweet.
With the simple message, "four more years," Obama posted a picture in which he is seen hugging first lady Michelle Obama.
After a nail-biting evening in which he ran neck-and-neck with former
Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for much of the night, Obama was able
to secure the necessary 270 electoral votes by taking one of the
biggest prizes of the night: Ohio. At press time, the final tally
according to CNN was 274 electoral votes to 201 for Obama, with the
president slightly behind in the popular vote by a 50-49 percent margin,
with fewer than 700,000 votes separating them.
The good news for Obama was tempered by the fact that the president
would once again face a divided congress, with Republicans retaining a
majority in the House and Democrats a razor-thin lead in the Senate.
Pundits immediately predicted that Obama would need to make a move to
mend fences with Republicans in his second term in order to secure more
cooperation on his ambitious agenda, which includes major legislation on
immigration, the environment and tax reform.
MTV News correspondents James Montgomery and Andrew Jenks were at Romney and Obama headquarters,
as both candidates waited out the results. Before the final numbers
were announced, young voter Sophia at Obama HQ was overwhelmed by the
electricity inside McCormick Place as the throng of supporters watched
the results roll in.
"It's electric. It's amazing," she told MTV News. "I'm so excited to be here."