Democrats may have won the presidential race and a US Senate contest in Ohio... but voters here also decided to keep Republicans in firm control of the Ohio House and senate. What is the GOP majority likely to do with that continued hold on power? And can the minority Democrats do much to influence them? Those are the questions that statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen has been asking.
The euphoria of Barack Obama's supporters on election night four years ago was replaced Tuesday by relief, as the incumbent president won a second term over Republican Mitt Romney in an effort powered more by organization than by ideas.
To retain the White House, Obama managed to overcome the handicap of an economy just finding its footing after a devastating recession, and an unemployment rate higher than it's been under any president seeking re-election since Franklin Roosevelt during the Great Depression.
Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 7:37 am
By Eyder Peralta
Credit Thomas Mukoya / Reuters /Landov
Once the news of President Obama's reelection spread, the congratulations started raining in.
NPR's Philip Reeves reports that one of the first messages came from British Prime Minister David Cameron.
"Above all congratulations to Barack Obama," Cameron said during a trip to Jordan. "I enjoy working with him, I think he is a very successful American president and I look forward to working with him in the future."
Correspondent Terri Schultz reports from Brussels that some leaders congratulated Obama through Twitter.