Obama was projected the winner in the battleground states of Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Colorado. He also won Pennsylvania, where Romney made a last-minute bid for support to try to derail the president’s path to re-election.
Votes were still being tallied in Florida and Virginia, with the races too close to call in those battlegrounds.
Beginning more than a year ago, Obama and his advisers cast the president as a champion of middle-class opportunity pitted against an opposition party more determined to protect preferences for the wealthy.
'I want you to know that this wasn’t fate, and it wasn’t an accident. You made this happen', Obama, 51, said in an e- mail to supporters after the projections put him past the 270 threshold. 'I will spend the rest of my presidency honoring your support'.
Obama said the victory is the 'clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary Americans can overcome powerful interests'.
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