President Obama won re-election for a second term, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney, with broad support from women, young voters and minorities in Democratic strongholds and key battleground states.
He notched the decisive 270-vote threshold in the Electoral College with victory in swing state Ohio, and a later in another swing state -- Virginia which gave him 303 electoral votes.
Romney obtained 206.
Read Obama's victory speech HERE.
And Romney's concession speech HERE.
It has been described as a grueling campaign that set the stage for the Nov 6 showdown.
More than USD1 billion was poured into the campaign - by far the most expensive.
The presidential election officially kicked off in January 2012. In the run-up, three presidential debates and one vice-presidential debates were held.
Obama's win over the electoral colleges was sizeable.
There was a broad range of interesting analyses of the outcome. One of the points made was that Romney won mostly the white vote and fared poorly among African Americans and minorities.
A study of the results also showed that he lost the youth vote by a huge margin.
One analyst said that had there been a high percentage of white voters in some of the states, Romney would have won.
One concluded that race factored signifcantly in the election.
Expectedly, some Republican leaders are now talking about "reinventing" the party, that they must now look at the "changing demographics"...in states that have a sizeable number of non-white ethnic groups such as Latinos, Asians and African Americans.
The elections over, both sides will be conducting a post-mortem. But more importantly, Obama has a gargantuan task before him -- fixing the economy at home and, foreign relations.
And facing a house divided (with Congress held by Republicans, and the Senate, Democrats.)