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President Obama Wins Second Term

Dorothy Rowley | 11/7/2012, 2:32 a.m.

Congresswoman Norton, D.C. Council Members Retain Posts

President Barack Obama won a second term on Tuesday against Republican contender Mitt Romney in a tight, yet historic race.

Out of some 99 million votes that were cast from 75 percent of the nation's precincts, Obama led by about 25,000 votes to hold a narrow advantage over his opponent.

"You made your voice heard, and you made a difference," Obama said in a speech shortly before midnight in Chicago where he was surrounded by his family. "I will return to the White House more inspired and more determined than ever . . . We've got more work to do."

In conceding his loss in one of the country's most expensive and closest presidential races where Obama claimed crucial victories in the state of Ohio and swing states of Virginia, Nevada, Iowa and Colorado, Romney commented that this has been a time of great challenge for the nation.

"I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation," Romney said to supporters in Boston.

In local District government races, David Grosso declared victory for the at-large D.C. Council seat over embattled incumbent Michael Brown, and Vincent Orange also retained his at-large post.

Trayon White defeated Phil Pannell for the Ward 8 School Board post, and Councilman Marion Barry easily defeated independent Jauhar Abraham, to win his third consecutive term to serve Ward 8.

Other Council members to win re-election were Yvette Alexander who defeated Republican Ron Moten, and Muriel Bowser and Jack Evans - both of whom ran unopposed.

Phil Mendelson will also retain his post as Council chairman, and veteran D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton trounced two opponents in keeping her seat on Capitol Hill.