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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA HAS WON A SECOND TERM - OVERCOMING A FIERCE CHALLENGE FROM MITT ROMNEY, BECOMING THE 3RD PRESIDENT IN A ROW TO WIN A SECOND TERM.

THE PRESIDENT WENT OVER THE MAGIC NUMBER OF 270 VOTES BY WINNING KEY STATES INCLUDING OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, IOWA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE

OBAMA WON DESPITE COMING UNDER WITHERING FIRE FROM ROMNEY AND OTHER REPUBLICANS FOR HIS HANDLING OF THE AILING ECONOMY AND THE SOARING DEBT

THE PRESIDENT WON EVEN THOUGH THE JOBLESS RATE WAS ABOVE 8 PERCENT UNTIL JUST RECENTLY

EXIT POLLS SHOWED 6 OF 10 VOTERS CALLED RISING PRICES AND UNEMPLOYMENT THEIR TOP CONCERNS - THOUGHT MOMORE BLAMED PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH THAN OBAMA

JERRY BODLANDER, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON