Obama defeats Romney for 2d term

Swing states propelled President Obama to reelection after a formidable challenge by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

President Obama spoke Tuesday night in Chicago after winning reelection.

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President Obama spoke Tuesday night in Chicago after winning reelection.

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Elizabeth Warren shook hands with supporters Wednesday morning at the Broadway MBTA station in South Boston after winning the Senate race.

A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange read about Obama's victory on Wednesday.

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A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange read about Obama's victory on Wednesday. Stocks plunged Wednesday on fears of the upcoming "fiscal cliff."

A woman looks at Obama t-shirts for sale from a street vendor in New York's Times Square.

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A woman looked at Obama T-shirts for sale from a street vendor in New York's Times Square.

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During his victory speech, President Obama declared that “the best is yet to come” for the nation.

Obama was accompanied by his family in Chicago.

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Obama was accompanied by his family in Chicago.

Mitt Romney conceded during a speech in Boston.

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Mitt Romney conceded during a speech in Boston.

Obama, who needed 270 electoral votes to be elected, was declared the winner by TV networks around 11:15 p.m.

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Obama, who needed 270 electoral votes to be elected, was declared the winner by TV networks around 11:15 p.m.

Romney and his wife, Ann, waved to somber backers early Wednesday.

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Romney and his wife, Ann, waved to somber backers early Wednesday.

Elizabeth Warren hugged her husband, Bruce Mann, after her victory speech.

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Elizabeth Warren hugged her husband, Bruce Mann, after her victory speech.

Scott Brown gave a concession speech.

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Scott Brown gave a concession speech.

Winner of the 4th Congressional District, Joseph Kennedy III acknowledged applause during his rally at the Newton Marriott.

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Winner of the 4th Congressional District, Joseph Kennedy III acknowledged applause during his rally at the Newton Marriott.

Republican candidate for the 4th Congressional District Sean Bielat gave his concession speech.

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Republican candidate for the 4th Congressional District Sean Bielat gave his concession speech.

Bernie Starr, left, joined his partner Richard Tisei in Peabody.

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Bernie Starr, left, joined his partner Richard Tisei, who challenged John F. Tierney in the Mass. 6th Congressional District, in Peabody.

Supporters gathered around a television at John F. Tierney's election-night event in Salem. Tierney narrowly won reelection.

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Supporters gathered around a television at John F. Tierney's election-night event in Salem. Tierney narrowly won reelection.

After a long campaign, Romney supporters watched the election results at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

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After a long campaign, Romney supporters watched the election results at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Romney supporters rested on the floor at the entrance to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

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Romney supporter rested on the floor at the entrance to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Arizona Democrats in Tucson celebrated as Barack Obama was declared the winner of the presidential race.

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Arizona Democrats in Tucson celebrated as Barack Obama was declared the winner of the presidential race.

Ajay Narayan cheered as the race is called for Barack Obama at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.

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Ajay Narayan cheered as the race was called for President Obama at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.

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Economy kept Obama afloat, blocked Romney win

In the end, the rising economy secured President Obama a second term.

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