President Obama and his family celebrate his victory over 2012 GOP Presidential contender Mitt Romney.

President Barack Obama has been elected to a second term of office on Tuesday, Nov. 7 with a solid thumping of GOP Presidential contender, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Keli Goff of The Root writes:

Four years after making history by becoming the first black president elected in the United States, Barack Obama has been elected to a second term. Bolstered by wins in key swing states, among them Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania, the President was declared the winner by multiple news outlets just after 11pm Eastern time. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney took the stage to concede the race shortly after midnight.

Some Obama supporters feared that newly-enacted strict voter identification laws, and the controversy surrounding them, might suppress key segments of the president’s base of support — namely young people and voters of color — and tip a close race in the direction of Republican challenger Mitt Romney. That did not happen.

What did happen is that the idea of suppressing the vote drove record numbers of African-American, Latino, women and youth voters to the poll, helping President Obama win the electoral college and the popular vote over former Gov. Mitt Romney.

In his acceptance speech (click here for the full transcript), President Obama stated:

Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come.

Read more at TheRoot.com.

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