President Obama made history again by beating former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, despite a weak economy that has plagued Americans for the last few years. During his victory speech to a crowd in Chicago, he confidently promised that are "better days ahead".
With returns from 88 percent of the nation’s precincts, Obama had 55.8 million, 49.8 percent of the popular vote. Romney had 54.5 million, or 48.6 percent. Obama captured Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia, New Hampshire, Colorado and Nevada, seven of the nine states where the rivals and their allies poured nearly $1 billion into dueling television commercials.