President Barack Obama wins a second term, defeating Mitt Romney despite dissatisfaction with the economy, while the House of Representatives remains in Republican control and Democrats retain the Senate.
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US President Barack Obama wins the presidential vote in Florida - widening his electoral victory margin over Republican rival, Mitt Romney.
There is joy and relief among Obama supporters, as the president is re-elected for a second term in office, writes the BBC's Mark Mardell.
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