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“We’re an American family and we rise or fall together as a nation” said President-Elect Barack Obama during his victory speech at his Chicago headquarters in Chicago, Illinois Tuesday night. I’m more determined and inspired to return to the White House. “You voted us to work for your jobs and not ours” said President Obama.

Governor Mitt Romney claimed only one battleground state victory Tuesday night. Romney won the state of North Carolina worth 15 electoral votes. North Carolina was the sight of the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

The nation’s 44th President will get a second term in office. It was 19 months of bitter and expensive campaigning, President Obama needed 270 electoral votes to secure the presidency but he received 303 electoral votes. The president’s path to victory was securing several key battleground states Virginia, Colorado, Ohio, and Wisconsin. President Obama won votes with whites, young voters, women and hispanics.

Democrats will have a strong hold on the majority in the Senate for the next two years. The GOP needed to flip four seats to regain control of the upper chamber. That was impossible to do after the Democrats won in hotly-contested races in Missouri,  Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, Connecticut and Massachusetts.  Republicans will keep control of the House of Representatives. House Speaker John Boehnersaid during last night’s election that it is a humbling moment and vowed to never take the majority for granted.

Voters in Colorado and Washington state approved referendums on the election ballot legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Colorado’s measure allows people age 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants. The law calls for taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol and allows for the growing and sale of industrial hemp. Washington’s marijuana legalization initiative takes effect on December 6, 2012.

Maine and Maryland voters voted in support of same-sex marriage and it was the first time for voters anywhere to approve this ballot measure. The issue of same-sex marriage had been defeated in 30 states, including Maine in 2009. In Washington state, ballots on the same measure are still being counted. Minnesota voters rejected a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

View results from reporting precincts in Virginia at  http://electionresults.virginia.gov/resultsCTY.aspx?type=PRE&rid=3545232527424045364&osn=0&map=CTY 

Watch President-Elect Barack Obama’s victory speech here…

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