After one of the most bitter and costliest campaigns in history, Obama sought to strike a healing and hopeful note with a victory speech.
“While our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up,” he told an ecstatic crowd of supporters in downtown Chicago. “We have fought our way back. And we know in our hearts that, for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.”
He plans to sit down with Mitt Romney and discuss ways the two can work together.
Obama lost among white men by a large margin, as expected. He performed strongly among African Americans, won by double digits among women, and routed Romney among a key and expanding demographic, taking 69 percent of the Latino vote in early exit polls.
Romney’s close loss was also a milestone for another demographic – the followers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mormons had once been persecuted to the desert edge of American civilization. Now the church has 15 members in Congress and a devout Mormon made a strong bid for the White House.
The Washington Post has more on Obama’s reelection here.