By Jodi Guglielmi, A&E Editor
President Barack Obama has locked in another four years in the White House after a long, hard fought election season.
According to Politico.com, Obama won with 303 electoral votes in comparison to Mitt Romney’s 235 electoral votes.
Obama dominated the Northeast and upper Midwest, while Romney was able to pull ahead mainly in the South.
While Obama was favored in the swing states going into Election Day, the popular vote between the candidates had remained close for much of the race.
As the night began, it seemed as though every time Romney would win a state, Obama would come back with one as well. This had people on their toes as the night progressed.
People could watch the states turn either blue or red, declaring which state went in which direction.
As each state declared a party, it was not by large margins. In Virginia and other states that were key to both candidates, a single percentage point separated Obama and Romney.
In the beginning of election night, the map was filled with red as Romney won over the expected Republican states, such as South Carolina and Alabama.
This however did not pale in comparison to the states with a high amount of electoral votes that Obama was able to win. The president gained important wins in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which quickly put him back in the lead.
The downfall in Romney’s campaign was his inability to win over the most important swing states, though he did win North Carolina.
It was a projected win in Ohio by Fox, CNN and MSNBC, at about 11:20 p.m. on Nov. 6, that declared Barack Obama the winner of the election.
“We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you,” Obama tweeted, before the winning announcement was officially declared.
Obama built a strong support system of young people, minorities and college educated women and won by turning out supporters in crucial states in which he had created strong followers.
The election took place in a time of slow economic recovery. From the beginning, both candidates knew the race would come down to the economy, and both tried to craft their campaigns to middle class families struggling from dropping pay rates and unemployment.
Obama was able to successfully combat this problem with regularly reminding voters that he entered the office during the worst economy since the Great Depression. He pointed out the policies he led that had since contributed to the drop in the unemployment rate and presented his plans for future improvement.
In the end, Obama was able to win over the trust of the greater America and will continue to be the leader of the country.