Obama wins Nevada

New Yorkers react to announcement that Barack Obama was reelected president of the United States (Getty Images)

By Bert Eljera

LAS VEGAS – President Barack Obama captured Nevada‘s six electoral votes with a narrow but clear victory that helped propel him to winning back the White House.

With only three small counties left to report, the secretary of state’s office is projecting the president to be the winner.

So far, Obama has garnered 428,353 or 52.65 percent of the vote, while his Republican rival, Mitt Romney received 370,887 or 45.58 percent of the vote.

The counties yet to report are Eureka, Lander and Lincoln.

The victory in Nevada followed similar victories in the swing states of Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin but it was Ohio that put him over the top.

The win gave him 274 electoral votes to 201 for Romney, according to television networks’ projections based on unofficial returns.

Joyful supporters danced and cheered at Obama’s victory party in Chicago, while the mood at Romney’s election-night gathering in Boston was somber.

Final results in other battleground states, notably Florida, Colorado and Virginia were yet to come, but those became unnecessary after Obama surpassed the required 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.

In the most expensive election in U.S. history, Obama rode a wave of broad support from minorities, women and moderates to win. His victories in Nevada and other battleground states and strong support from traditional Democratic bailiwicks were the keys to his triumph.

According to CNN’s exit polling, Obama received strong support, as expected, from women voters as well as from African Americans and Hispanic voters.

CNN also projected that Democrats will retain their majority in the Senate after Republicans earlier were projected to hold their majority in the U.S. House.


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