Obama wins historic reelection
He made history in 2008 when he became the first African-American to win the presidency of the United States, and on Tuesday, Barack Obama made history for the second time when he became the first African-American to be reelected president.
When the polls closed Tuesday, the first results showed an almost neck and neck race between Obama, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. It wouldn’t be until early Wednesday morning that Obama would be declared the winner and make history for the second time in four years.
Nationwide, Obama received 60,451,292 votes or 50 percent of the popular vote to 57,463,397 or 48 percent for Romney.
Obama carried 26 states — among Massachusetts where Romney served as governor from 2003 to 2007 and Michigan where Romney’s father, George, served as governor in the 1960s — and the District of Columbia garnering 303 votes in the Electoral College.
Romney carried 24 states — including South Carolina — receiving 206 electoral votes.
In Union County, Obama received 5,748 votes or 46.08 percent to 6,566 votes or 52.63 percent for Romney.