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Politics

Obama defeats Romney for 2d term

Romney concedes after quest comes up short in decisive swing states

President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday to win reelection to the White House, echoing his historic victory of four years ago and concluding a campaign in which he vowed to deliver on promises of a more vibrant economy.

Obama, who needed 270 electoral votes to be elected, was declared the winner by television networks around 11:15 p.m. At McCormick Place in Chicago, the site of Obama’s rally, the crowd erupted in cheers and supporters jumped up and down, waving placards with the campaign slogan “Forward.” The Associated Press called the race for Obama at 11:35 p.m.

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