It wasn’t supposed to be like this for the 44th president of the United States. As the nation’s first African-American chief executive, Obama swept to power on an unprecedented wave of adulation and excitement. He’d won the popular vote by a margin of nearly 10 million, and carried states — such as Indiana, Virginia, and North Carolina — where no Democratic nominee had prevailed in decades. Who would have thought that four years later, Obama’s reelection would have proved such a struggle?
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