Barack Obama has earned four more years of job security, with the American voters electing the president to a second term on Tuesday, according to NBC.
Obama won a second term based on his win of the battleground state of Ohio, which gave him an electoral-college vote of 274 to 203, the network said.
Obama was far from a shoo-in for re-election; despite first-term triumphs such as the capturing and killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, the president never developed a beyond-doubt lead over his opponent, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, and many polls in the weeks leading up the election called the race as a toss-up. Much of that was due to the still-struggling economy, as the unemployment rate remained a major topic in the race.
A still-recovering job market put Obama's re-election in peril, and a sluggish performance at the first presidential debate sucked the wind out of the president's sails, robbing him of much of the momentum he'd held prior to the October debate. Though Obama put in a better showing in the subsequent presidential debates, the initial face-off with Romney gave the challenger a much-needed second wind at a time when his campaign seemed all but over.
Still, Obama gained goodwill points the week before the election, after Hurricane Sandy brought havoc upon New York and New Jersey, and even New Jersey's Chris Christie, an adamant Obama foe, was forced to admit that Obama's response in bringing aid to the state had been "outstanding" and deserved "great credit."
On Monday night, the eve of the election, Nate Silver's 538 blog had Obama winning the election with 307.2 electoral votes -- the highest number of electoral votes he'd been predicted to take since Oct. 7, a few days after the first debate.
Obama and his running mate Joe Biden picked up 365 electoral votes in the 2008 election against John McCain and Sarah Palin.
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