The results are in!
President Barack Obama has secured four more years in the Oval Office, winning the 2012 election over Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
In one of the closest elections in recent history, Obama got the electoral votes he needed.
Moments after the race was called in his favor, the social media savvy incumbent tweeted the following:
“We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you. -bo”
Obama will be sworn into office privately at noon on Jan. 20, 2013, in Washington D.C. Because Inauguration Day falls on a Sunday next year, the public inaugural ceremony will take place the next day, on Jan. 21.
One interesting fact – there was reportedly a 10 point gender gap in the popular vote. According to CNN national exit polls, 54 percent of women cast their votes for Obama, compared to 44 percent for Romney. On the flip side, Romney was winning the vote among men, 53 percent to 45 percent.
Romney, who hours before the polls closed told CNN that he only wrote a victory speech, gave a gracious concession in which he acknowledged that in the end, “the nation chose another leader.”
But perhaps the most touching moment of election day came during President Obama’s acceptance speech. After thanking his wife, his family and his running mate, Joe Biden, he spoke to his supporters:
“Thank you for believing all the way. Every hill, to every valley, you lifted me up the whole way. And I will always be grateful to everything you’ve done.”
In his words, “We know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.”
Did you vote in today’s election?