Obama reelected, Malawians celebrate too

President Barack Obama rolled to re-election and a second term in the White House on Tuesday with a clear victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney launching a wild celebration among thousands of his supporters including Malawians who flooded their Facebook and Twitter accounts with their happiness.

The election was too close-to call  but Obama, America’s first black president, won by convincing voters to stick with him as he tries to reignite strong economic growth and recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Obama’s victory in the hotly contested swing state of Ohio – as projected by TV networks – was a major step in the fight for the 270 electoral votes needed to clinch the White House and ended Romney’s hopes of pulling off a string of swing-state upsets.

Obama scored narrow wins in Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire – all states that Romney had contested – while the only swing state captured by Romney was North Carolina, according to television network projections.

Obama: Heading back to White House

Romney delayed his concession as some Republicans questioned whether Obama had in fact won Ohio despite the decisions by election experts at all the major TV networks to declare it for the president.

The later addition of Colorado and Virginia to Obama’s tally – according to network projections – meant that even if the final result from Ohio were to be reversed, Romney still could not reach the needed number of electoral votes in America’s state-by-state system of choosing a president.

While Obama supporters in Chicago were ecstatic, Romney’s Boston event was grim as the news was announced on television screens there. A steady stream of people left the ballroom at the Boston convention center.

President addressed his supporters on Twitter, saying: “This happened because of you. Thank you.”

He added: “We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned and that’s who we are. Thank you.”

In a third post, he said simply: “Four more years” and posted a picture of him hugging his wife Michelle.

Romney condeded defeat: “This is a time of great challenges for America and I pray that the President issuccessful in guiding our nation,” he said.

And later in his victory speech, Obama said: “We ae an American family that rise and fall together.”

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