By Bert Eljera
With only three small counties left to report, the secretary of state’s office is projecting the president to be the winner.
The counties yet to report are Eureka, Lander and Lincoln.
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.
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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