Washington, Nov 7 (IANS): Barack Obama clinched a second term as US President, defeating his Republican challenger Mitt Romney in a tough fight that went down to the wire.
The glad tidings for Obama came around 11.15 pm when major networks gave him 290 electoral votes to take him over the threshold of 270 required to win. Romney was reported as getting 203 electoral votes.
Four years ago, Obama was elected as the US' first African American President and he has now become the third consecutive President to retain office after George Bush and Bill Clinton.
As celebrations broke out across the country, a victorious Obama tweeted: "Four more years."
"We're all in this together. That's how we campaigned, and that's who we are. Thank you," said another tweet from Obama, the 51-year-old son of a Kenyan father and a White American mother.
Even pro-Republican Fox News conceded Obama's win as he bagged the first big contested prize of the night in Pennsylvania followed by New Hampshire, where Romney has a home and began his campaign, and Iowa.
In early results, Obama won his home State of Illinois as well as Romney's home State of Massachusetts, where Romney was Governor from 2003 to 2007.
Networks have also projected that Obama will win Wisconsin, the home of Romney's running mate Paul Ryan.
Democrats also held on to their majority in the Senate, picking up two seats in early returns with the possibility of a third while Republicans are expected to maintain majority in the US House of Representatives, which they currently control by 242-193.
List of US presidents
1.George Washington, 1789-1797
2.John Adams, 1797-1801
3.Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809
4.James Madison, 1809-1817
5.James Monroe, 1817-1825
6.John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829
7.Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837
8.Martin Van Buren, 1837-1841
9.William Henry Harrison, 1841
10.John Tyler, 1841-1845
11.James Knox Polk, 1845-1849
12.Zachary Taylor, 1849-1850
13.Millard Fillmore, 1850-1853
14.Franklin Pierce, 1853-1857
15.James Buchanan, 1857-1861
16.Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865
17.Andrew Johnson, 1865-1869
18.Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877
19.Rutherford Birchard Hayes, 1877-1881
20.James Abram Garfield, 1881
21.Chester Alan Arthur, 1881-1885
22.Grover Cleveland, 1885-1889
23.Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893
24.Grover Cleveland, 1893-1897
25.William McKinley, 1897-1901
26.Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909
27.William Howard Taft, 1909-1913
28.Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921
29.Warren Gamaliel Harding, 1921-1923
30.Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929
31.Herbert Clark Hoover, 1929-1933
32.Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933-1945
33.Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953
34.Dwight David Eisenhower, 1953-1961
35.John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1961-1963
36.Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1963-1969
37.Richard Milhous Nixon, 1969-1974
38.Gerald Rudolph Ford, 1974-1977
39.James Earl Carter, Jr., 1977-1981
40.Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1981-1989
41.George Herbert Walker Bush, 1989-1993
42.William Jefferson Clinton, 1993-2001
43.George Walker Bush, 2001-2009
44.Barack Hussein Obama, 2009-
Obama won a second term after defeating his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.