Barack Obama wins election for second term as president
President Barack Obama handily defeated Gov. Mitt Romney and won himself a second term Tuesday after a bitter and historically expensive race that was primarily fought in just a handful of battleground states. Networks project that Obama beat Romney after nabbing the crucial state of Ohio.
Photo: President Obama embraces the First Lady at an Iowa campaign rally Monday night. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Happy Election Day!
We are excited to share the Yahoo! News Election Control Room, which lets you have your own experience by allowing you to create your own dashboard. Try it out and watch the 2012 election results come in with us.
In this photo, young Romney fan Jessica Turner jumps near a yard sign supporting the candidate in her front yard in Raleigh, N.C. Her dad, Jim, submitted the photo as part of our swing state series, which this week looks at North Carolina and Virginia.
Our final installment will be stories from Florida and Ohio, which we’re soliciting now.
Debate moderator Candy Crowley dealt with a more aggressive President Obama tonight as well as a Mitt Romney who maintained the energy he brought to Denver two weeks ago. At times, the debate devolved into angry crosstalk between the presidential rivals. Read our recap, and check out more user-generated captions from the debate.
What’s in a name? Turns out, maybe a hint about your political preference. By analyzing the records of donations to candidates in the 2012 election cycle, we can see which names are likely to belong to people who donate to Democrats and which ones belong to people who tend to donate to Republicans. Read more and see where your name falls.
Can your favorite NFL team predict the outcome of the presidential election? In every presidential election except one since 1940, when the Washington Redskins won their last home game before the election, the incumbent party retained the White House. If the team didn’t win the game, the out-of-power party won the election.
But that doesn’t mean the Redskins actually have any sort of predictive power. Our columnist Chris Wilson breaks down the randomness of patterns, illustrated above by the “rules” for each NFL team when it comes to predicting the next occupant of the White House.