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By on November 7, 2012

During a contentious election season where some states made attempts to suppress some votes, HOPE WON…AGAIN.

President Barack Obama was RE-ELECTED as president of the United States on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 on a pledge to finish the work he started during his first term. Another historic act for the president who passed legislation for universal health care, equal pay for women, and ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

Obama was able to win with a diverse coalition of women, racial and ethnic minorities, young people, gays and lesbians, and independents.  Most credible television networks projected re-election for President Obama over Republican rival Mitt Romney by midnight.

Obama’s second electoral college victory was fundamentally different from his first, when he swept into office as the nation’s first black president on a mantle of hope and change.  Obama’s policies have been credited with helping prevent economic depression and the voters rewarded him as many see the economy improving. Obama cooly defeated Romney in a series of key swing states despite a weak economic recovery and persistent high unemployment as U.S. voters decided between two different visions for the country.

Obama’s narrow wins in Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire – all states that Romney had contested – effectively ended Romney’s hopes of capturing the 270 electoral votes needed to clinch the White House. President Obama enters his second four-year term with significant policy successes under his belt but now faces challenges with the national debt, Syria, reducing unemployment, and dealing with a gridlocked U.S. Congress that looked likely to maintain the same partisan makeup.

Given all of the successes in the first term of the Obama administration that were seen without GOP support, imagine what could get done for the nation if there were cooperation.

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