Barack Obama has won re-election to a second term as President, beating back a fierce challenge from republican Mitt Romney.
Obama prevailed despite a weak economy and high unemployment. Voters decided to give Obama another four years of stewardship over an economy that is slowly recovering from the recession.
Obama captured battleground states including Ohio, Iowa, and Colorado on his way to the 270 electoral votes he needed. Romney unsuccessfully campaigned on the theme that his business background gave him the experience needed to guide the nation out of tough economic times.