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Obama Wins, Big Time

Celebration in Harlem, New York after announcement of President Obama's election win on Nov. 6, 2012
Celebration in Harlem, New York after announcement of President Obama's election win on Nov. 6, 2012Photograph by Michael Nagel/Bloomberg

The votes are still being tallied, but Barack Obama won a second term tonight in convincing fashion, sweeping most of the battleground states to defeat Mitt Romney. Bloomberg News called the race at 11:14 p.m. EST.

There were other winners: Senate Democrats, who defended a tough slate of incumbents to hold onto their majority and may actually expand it. Independent and Democratic pollsters who forecast this outcome; the mainstream media, which did a laudable job of reporting on the issues that would decide the race, often in the face of hysterical criticism; and don’t forget Nate Silver.