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President Barack Obama has been re-elected to a second term, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
His Democrats also retained control of the Senate, which they have held since 2007, while Republicans kept control of the House.
Mr Obama greeted jubilant supporters and congratulated Mr Romney and Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan on their hard-fought campaign.
Mr Obama said he was returning to the White House "more determined, and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do, and the future that lies ahead".
He pledged to work with Republican leaders in Congress to reduce the government's budget deficit, fix the tax code and reform the immigration system.
"We are an American family and we rise and fall together as one nation," he said.
"This election is over, but our principles endure," he said. "I so wish that I had been able to fulfil your hopes to lead the country in a different direction."
The popular vote, which is symbolically and politically important but not decisive in the race, remains too close to call.
On Tuesday, the
president held the White House by assembling solid Democratic states
and a number of important swing states such as
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