Barack Obama Reelected President

Virginia is still too close to call as precinct results roll in.

Update 10:04 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 - With all Virginia precincts finally reporting, President Barack Obama received 1,868,191 votes from Virginia voters, according to final but unofficial data from the Virginia State Board of Elections. That's 50.57 percent of the vote. 

Gov. Mitt Romney received 1,767,692 votes, or 47.85 percent. The three third-party candidates on the ballot received a combined 1.42 percent of votes, and write-in candidates the remainder.

The race was too close late Tuesday night, even hours after multiple national news outlets called the race nationally.


Original post, Tuesday, Nov. 6 updated 2 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan.

NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 p.m. EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 p.m. saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you."

The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy.

The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges from both candidates. After a weak performance after the Republican Convention, Romney surged following Obama’s listless performance after the first presidential debate. Nevertheless, the president cemented a lead in battleground states heading into Tuesday’s election.

Virginia Leaning Heavily Toward Obama

Long after the presidential race nationally had been called by dozens of media outlets, Virginia's outcome remained uncertain.

As of 11:45 p.m. Tuesday with more than 94 percent of precincts reporting across Virginia, only about 50,000 votes separated the two with Obama leading. By 12:15 p.m., Obama's lead had grown to almost 60,000 votes in Virginia. And by 1:15 a.m. — just before Obama took the stage in Chicago for his acceptance speech — Obama's lead was more than 67,000.

In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times.

Romney and Obama campaigned aggressively in Virginia. The state has typically been a Republican stronghold in recent presidential elections. 

The economy was a key issue for many voters in the state, as was defense and military policies.

Areas like Loudoun and Prince William Counties — outer suburbs between the Red rural areas and Blue urban centers — will be major players this year. Both presidential candidates have made several visits to those areas this year.

“Elections in Virginia are all about the outer ring suburbs,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington.

There are five candidates for president on the Virginia ballot. Obama and Romney, plus .

Throughout the night, we'll break down how each candidate fared in Patch towns and counties across Virginia.

These results are as of 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 and are based on final but unofficial returns from the Virginia State Board of Election. At that point, 2,528 of Virginia's 2,588 precincts had reported results. It does not include some absentee, provisional or write-in numbers.

Obama Romney Goode Johnson Stein Virginia Total: 1,783,666 1,711,590 13,268 29,379 8,144 Percentage: 50.21 48.18 0.37 0.82 0.22


Locality Obama Romney Goode
Johnson Stein Alexandria 71.4 percent
27.18 percent 0.13 percent 0.83 percent 0.26 percent Arlington 67.18 31.04 0.11 1.13 0.33 Fairfax 59.03
39.5 0.14
0.86 0.25 Fredericksburg 62.32
35.51 0.2
1.29 0.49 Loudoun 51.52
47.05 0.13
0.87 0.22 Prince William 56.91
41.63 0.21
0.82 0.22

For more information on the candidates and their visits to Virginia, click on the elections tab at the top of this page. 

Editor's note: In an earlier version of this story, we had Jill Stein's first name incorrect. We apologize for the error.

Java Master November 14, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Another delusional " christian" has spoken. Please take your piety elsewhere.
Locally Involved November 14, 2012 at 03:06 AM
America. Love it or Leave it. But stop whining. Bitter party of one, table ready.
Ron Wagner November 14, 2012 at 03:19 AM
I amazed! Romney was thrown under the bus and ran over by the radical left! Romney is a good man, if you listened to all the ads you would think he was a rapist or something else even worse. I can't believe people are so ignorant to believe all the commercials. Obviously they did of course! Otherwise Obama woulld never have won. I pray this country makes it another 4 years under this man, I have no faith in his ability to anything but play golf and b'ball! Great attributes for a President!
Richard Holmquist November 14, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Ron, whether or not Romney is a good man is not the question. I think the majority would probably say he is. A major problem he created for himself is that the voters didn't know where they stood with Romney. As governor he was one thing, as Republican primary candidate he was another, and then as Republican nominee he was something else entirely. Despite all the election rhetoric, most of Obama's policies were consistent and mainstream. Obama's foreign policy is in line with Bush & Clinton (except for Bush's Iraq war). Obama's signature legislative achievement, Obamacare, was based on Romney's program in Massachusetts which was a system devised largely by conservative think tanks. I think the GOP has put themselves in a very awkward position, in which a candidate must run so far to the right to win a primary that it's impossible to win a general election.
KEL November 14, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Ron, Get over it. The American public is not about to elect someone that is as untrustworthy as Mitt Romney the candidate was. He and his campaign put out lie after lie and then would have some minion clean it up after it had supposedly resonated with 'the base'. Problem is that Mitt would have been beholden to the lunatic right wing nut fringe, Sheldon Adelson, the Koch Brothers, Wall St. hedge fund managers, Saudi oil sheiks, Chinese business tycoons and a cast of characters we can't even imagine before he ever got to down to doing anything on behalf of.average American citizens.
Don Joy November 14, 2012 at 05:51 PM
KEL, by your own token, Bush is not to be blamed for the economic crisis which occurred in 2008, because democrats controlled the purse strings, both houses of congress, in the two years preceding. Obama was one of them, by the way. Bwahahaha
Carol Lewis November 14, 2012 at 06:05 PM
The far right spent 4 years trying to prove Obama was not American. They seemed primed to spend the next 4 proving that those who re-elected him are not American. The combined minority is now the majority. The GOP would do well to focus on what was wrong with their party/message rather than what is wrong with the Obama electorate. Some of you (Don, Deborah) need to grow up, and rather than plot revenge, deal with the fact that your guy lost. The American way is to accept and work with those who won. I didn't like George Bush but he was my president for his time in office and I respected his office. That said, where's all my free stuff that O'Reilly said I was waiting for?!
Cathryn S November 14, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Here, here, Carol.
Dennis Auld November 14, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I think it would help if presented with an issue, go to the many non-partisan think tanks and see what they say. Here are a few: http://www.factcheck.org/ http://taxfoundation.org/ http://www.gao.gov/ http://www.politifact.com/ https://www.jct.gov/ http://www.statehealthfacts.org/ http://www.publicintegrity.org/ http://sunlightfoundation.com/ http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/ http://www.urban.org/ http://www.pensionrights.org/ http://www.cbpp.org/
KEL November 14, 2012 at 06:23 PM
DAJ, If you would have read my comments in the 'after the 3rd debate' blog you would know what I meant. Sorry, that you didn't. Individual presidents are given much more credit than they deserve v. affect of their particular policies when first initiated on the economy. A lot of the mess we are in is because of past policies such as deregulating and consolidation of the banking industry, the mortgage fraud perpetrated on us, CDO products provided to investors by the likes of Goldman, Lehman, Bear Stearns, etc. and how these events became entwined. However, gasoline would have been poured on the fire in THMO if the likes of Mittens and Munster would have been given the reins because of their taking in gobs of money from the big banks and hedge fund managers. Question would then be what favors M&M would have to grant the banker boys in lieu of doing what is right for the American taxpayer.
Don Joy November 14, 2012 at 07:05 PM
"Non-partisan." Ha, what a crock!
Marshall Smith November 14, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Apparently Carol Lewis is misinformed by MSNBC all the way around. Carol the right has been consumed with the poor economy something that the left and Reid, Pelosi and BO refuse to deal with. The lefts answer to the economy continues to be more of the same and that is hold down legislation from the house, not submit a budget for the trillions of dollars they continue to spend, preventing energy exploration to fuel the economy, not addressing the jobs issue, proliferate welfare for those that don't won't to help themselves, promoting a devisive society and taxing the rich as if that is going to solve oour economic problem, covering up the Benghazi fiasco and promotiong their failed polices in the mid east. I can go on and on but all you will do is deny what I've said and call me racist for even writinig it here. By the way the President, any President earns his respect when he leads from the front and promotes transparancy instead of arrogant politics and corruption in his administration.
Karen Goff November 14, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Don Joy - your posts have just morphed into random hate words against the president so I have deleted a few of your posts. If you would like to make your point in a coherent manner, try again.
KEL November 14, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Thanks. Don Joy probably should be excluded just as he was on the 'after the 3rd debate...' blog. After he gets repudiated he reverts automatically to his racist, moronic rants. This must be some sort of protection mechanism to prevent a complete breakdown.
Marshall Smith November 14, 2012 at 07:30 PM
KEL I think it obvious where the lies were coming from. ie the debates when BO would insist one thing contrary to what Romney promoted and BO would as good as call him a lier. Well, the fact checkers pretty much affirmed what Romney states was indeed correct. Unfortunately for Romney when he is constantly painted as a lier, which you continue to do the dye leaves a mark thus having its negative impact. The stone is thrwon and BO is President for 4 more years and I suppose he and the rest of you will continue to Blame Bush to the end. I see no diff in change of idealogy and policy and expect continued weconomic hardship. It will only be the business man that will be able to save his butt from going under and he will have to tighten his belt, cut back, layoff and choose those avenues that will allow him to keep his head above the water to survive in business. This is not goig to help unemployment nor nor a stagnant economic growth - the consequence of a new election and the fisca lcliff confronting the country. "A clear mandate with deficit reduction - BO says" I don't think so, 50.6 % of those that voted is not a clear manadate in my book and there are millions out there despite in the opposition win that agree with me. The bottom line - WE ALL LOOSE IN THE END!!!!
Don Joy November 14, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Karen, how are you liking the warm afterglow of the triumph of Chicago-style election fraud and another 4 years of your anti-American socialist hero? Feels especially good to be able to suppress the opinions of one of us republicans along with it, doesn't it? Abortion, food stamps, and disability checks forever uber alles!! KEL, I wasn't "excluded" from that thread, I merely stopped following/posting on it.
Marshall Smith November 14, 2012 at 07:53 PM
As I noted in a previous post, anytime someone says something about BO that is contrary to your view you refer to it as hate speech and racist. Its a shme that libs, at least most of them can't think for themselves, even if they do have opposing views - they have to throw opposition and their views behind hate and racist rhetoric becaouse they can't think of of a substantive argument in which to support their policy malaise.
Don Joy November 14, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Yes Marshall, anyone using accurate terms to describe the usurper, like using his actual middle name, or referring to him according to what his own wife calls his "home country" and so on, is censored as "hate speech" by these lefties. They simply cannot bear that anyone points out the truth about their messiah. For example, they go into coniptions if you call Hussein a socialist, and deny that it's true, yet they never acknowledge what he said to Joe the Plumber about "spreading the wealth around" and "redistributing it," nor do they address the fact that the entire student loan and mortgage industries have been nationalized, along with most of the domestic auto industry, and huge chunks of other sectors like the energy sector, etc. Then there's the 47 million people on food stamps, the runaway Obamaphone scams (begun for cell phones in the year that Obama was first elected), the drastic increase of millions upon millions on disability, unemployment checks for 99 weeks and who knows how much longer, oh and let's not forget Obamacare at 2,700 pages of taxes, statist oppression, central planning, and bureaucratic control-freak micromanaging of the very personal and intimate medical aspects of our lives...BARF these lefties are unethical and immoral and without conscience. They love collectivist tyranny and controlling people's lives at the point of a gun! (cont.')
Don Joy November 14, 2012 at 08:10 PM
They think that the resulting economic stagnation and dispirited mood in the country can be dealt with by printing more paper money and writing more regulations, more red tape, more bureaucrat control freak government employees, more welfare handouts, and more mandates and controls on business people!
Karen Goff November 14, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Don Joy - You are crossing the line by personally attacking me. SO - know what feels good? suspending your account. Which I am doing right now. And when I do that, your remarks will disappear too. Perhaps you can rejoin the conversation when you can follow the rules. Bye bye.
Marshall Smith November 14, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Don, Unfortunatelhy you and I know that doesn't work. You would also think that the empirical evidence of what has led to poor economic stagnation around the world would be convincing evidence. Next on the list after they tax the rich is taxing the middle class. Oh, my mistake they have already started that - remember 21 taxes that are a result of Obamacare. Thats only the beginning folks. Of course we are continuing to bail out the poor. 8 trillion dollars after 40 years of the war on poverty and what do we have to show for it. An increase in the roles of the poor and food stamps under the Obama admin, way to go lets celebrate this milestone in social welfare from a socialist statist govt. You know maybe if Obama was concerned with the education of the poor they could grow up and fend or themselves. However, unlike his daughter which benefit from a great pvt education he Kow Tows to the teachers unions and prevents the poor in the District schools from getting the scholarships that would be available to them for a great pvt education under the voucner system. Doesn't work that way with BO - keep the poor poor - poorer and have more power to give them "stuff" buy their votes and perpetuating one endless loop of being depending on Govt handouts. BO always reverts to his radical views and he is a hard core leftist that will not compromise. Sorry to be so racist here Don. oops.
Marshall Smith November 14, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Your correct on all points Don, ;et them check the facts if they dare!
Karen Goff November 14, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Deborah - now I am deleting your comment for using profanity. Let's all write with respect for one another or we will have to shut down the whole thread.
Deborah Kelly November 14, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Oh and Karen you can keep deleting - KEL called Don - "Don Adolf Joy" and said he didn't have the "balls".. ...- so when I quoted nasty mouthed KEL calling me a "fat ass" keep in mind they were her words! I guess we can now say balls and fat ass because KEL did and it was ok for KEL to! Can't have different rules for different people - oh, but yes we can!
Carol Lewis November 14, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Marshall you are missing the point. The office of the presidency deserves respect from all of us, the person who holds the office deserves our cooperation because he was elected by a majority of the voters, whether you and others like it or not. Deal with the loss. I didn't call you or anyone a racist, I pointed out how the right has tried to paint Obama as not American. If you and others spent as much time thinking of solutions instead of trashing Obama and those who voted for him, we might get something done in this country.
Carol Lewis November 14, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Thank you Karen! I'd love it if you shut down this thread. The election is over. Let's get to work, people, together.
Cheryl Darby November 14, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Contrary to Deborah, Don Joy, and Marshall, most if us live in the realm of reality. You still don't understand that the intolerance for anyone's views but your own is destroying thr Republican Party. If you are churchgoers, is that the kind of message you her? Division and intolerance? If so, I really fear for you and for so-called "religious" people who believe the kind of hatred I've seen on this thread. Democrats have had to endure some very close -- much closer than this one -- and not once did I feel the hatred I see here. If you think the majority of Americans believe as you do, this election should have given you a wake-up call. If not, I suppose you could follow so many other states who are petitioning for secession from this country.
Karen Goff November 14, 2012 at 10:01 PM
OK. some of the profanity slipped through the cracks. When I get a chance, I will delete those and then we will shut this whole thread down. The name calling and the finger pointing at me has really ceased to be useful for our readers.
Deborah Kelly November 14, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I will tell you 50.6% is not a mandate - it means half the country didn't want you for another 4 years! More social terrorism - just what we need! Can only hope Petraeus spills his guts and we can get Obama impeached!
Beth Lawton (Editor) November 14, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Hi all, We've gotten a few complaints about inappropriate language in this thread. That violates our terms of service, so we're going to shut down this comment thread and let everyone cool their heels a bit. Thanks for the passionate participation, though! Beth Lawton


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