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Serving the University of Virginia community since 1890 The Cavalier Daily Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Partly Sunny. High 49, Low 33 See A3 Volume 123, No. 39 Distribution 10,000 ANOTHER FOUR YEARS President Barack Obama squeaks past Republican candidate Mitt Romney, earns second term By Krista Pedersen and Joe Liss Cavalier Daily News Editor and Senior Associate Editor By 11:20 p.m. Tuesday, the major media networks declared Presid e n t B a ra c k O b a m a the winner of Ohio and the 2012 presidential election. Obama will be sworn into his second term Jan. 20, 2013. Obama won Virginia in an exceptionally close race, which major networks did not call until well after midnight. Obama took the City of Charlottesville with 76 percent and won Albemarle County by 10 points. Obama also won comfortably in Manassas, Fairfax, Henrico and Prince William counties. Shortly after the major networks announced Obama had won Virginia, the networks announced Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had called Obama to congratulate him on his victory. Romney said the nation was at a “critical point” in his concession speech. “I just called President which Obama carried as well in the previous election. Democrats also retained control of the Senate, picking up seats from controversial Republican candidates in Missouri and Indiana. The GOP still controls the House. Once his victory was secured beyond doubt, Obama came onstage to the familiar tune of S t e v i e Wo n d e r ’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I ’ m Romney made a lastminute play for Pennsylvania with events in the state for the first time since September, but Obama’s overwhelming victory in the southeastern part of the state gave him a comfortable margin o f Obama to congratulate him on his victory,” Romney said during his concession speech around 1 a.m. “I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation.” Romney was unable to win his home state of Michigan or the state of Massachusetts, where he served as governor. Obama barely won Ohio but held Iowa, Nevada and New Hampshire by comfortable margins and took Wisconsin, the home state of former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, by a few points. Despite not winning R y a n ’s h o m e s t a t e , Romney spoke glowingly of his running mate’s role in the campaign. “I want to thank Paul Ryan for all that he has done for our campaign and our country,” Romney said. “Besides my wife Ann, [Ryan] is the best decision I ever made.” Obama did 10 points better among women and won about 60 percent of the youth vote. more than five points. Romney won multiple states Obama had carried in 2008, but it was not enough. In 2008 Obama won 365 electoral votes to Republican John McCain’s (R-AZ) 173 electoral votes. This year Obama had earned at least 303 electoral votes to Romney’s 202; by press time Florida had not been called. Romney won by nearly 10 percent in Indiana, which Obama carried by 1 percent in 2008, and won North Carolina, Yours,” and addressed a large crowd of supporters in his home city of Chicago. “Tonight, more than 200 years after a former Please see Obama, Page A3 Thomas Bynum | Cavalier Daily Students tune into election Students pose with University President Teresa Sullivan, who dropped by a viewing party in Newcomb Theater hosted Tuesday night by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and other student groups. University communities come together, follow results using interactive social media, broadcast news By Kelly Kaler and Lizzy Turner Cavalier Daily Associate Editors Dillon Harding Cavalier Daily A week after the University got an unexpected two days off from Hurricane Sandy, it celebrated an unofficial election day holiday at bars and various watch parties across Grounds. Those watching political returns, like many across the nation, spent Tuesday evening gathered anxiously around televisions and laptop screens, constantly refreshing pages. Interactive media largely shaped students’ responses to A colorful display at a Corner watch party encouraged students to cast votes Tuesday. Dillon Harding Cavalier Daily Sea of red belies blue tide A bloc of Southern states went red and the popular vote was tight, but President Barack Obama’s electoral lead against Republican challenger Mitt Romney held Tuesday night. The incumbent secured a second term. Oregon Minnesota South Dakota Nebraska California Arizona R.I. Conn. New Jersey Ohio Indiana Md. West Virginia Delaware Virginia Kansas Missouri Oklahoma Kentucky North Carolina Tennessee Arkansas Mississippi Texas N.H. Mass. Pennsylvania Illinois New Mexico New York Iowa Utah Colorado Vt. Michigan Wisconsin Wyoming Nevada Independent Angus King, who graduated from the University’s Law School in 1969, Tuesday evening won the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Republican Olympia Snowe. King served as Maine’s governor from 1995 to 2003. Maine North Dakota Idaho Please see Reactions, Page A3 University alumnus takes Maine Washington Montana the election results. Students tweeted commentary throughout the night, many checking Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog on the New York Times website. Less than an hour after the West coast polls closed at 11:14 p.m. EST, President Barack Obama tweeted to followers: “This happened because of you. 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